BrightSwitch automatically shuts lights off, saves energy at home

If you’re like me, minimizing resource waste is a lifestyle. I don’t overwater (good thing, since Sacramento has “water police”), I don’t overload the washer or dishwasher, and I hang clothes to dry in the oven that we call a garage (especially effective in the summer). But most importantly, I shut off lights when they’re more »

Monolyth improves AC units with control, energy savings

With the growing concerns about human’s environmental impact, many people are understanding that less can mean more. Less waste, less consumption, and less harvesting of finite resources means a better situation for every living thing on the planet. Even if you don’t believe that human activity has been contributing to climate change (although you should), more »

Windows 8.1 gets exclusive home control with INSTEON

orget smartwatches. If you want to feel savvy and upgrade with tech, home automation is the way to go. What used to be a complex and involving process has been made affordable and accessible by the best companies out there. One of the top manufacturers of home automation and control technology, INSTEON, has announced its latest app version will be available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices starting next month.

Start smart home monitoring and control with SAM

Whether you’re jealous and/or intrigued by all these ‘smart’ gadgets and appliances hitting the market, it doesn’t mean that what you own now is no good. With the right equipment, you too can smarten up your home. How easy, you ask? Well, if you can plug stuff into a wall socket and operate a smartphone more »


The GEN brings affordable, renewable energy to the home

Let’s face it. Our planet has limited resources that will only cost more as we dig them for use. If technologically advanced aliens were indeed observing us unnoticed, I’m sure they’d be puzzled over why we dig holes for energy instead of tapping into the free stuff. Like our glowing, energy generator, the sun.


Home automation upgrades to lead residential trends

When someone mentions that they’re planning to remodel part of the home, what comes to mind first? Kitchen? Bathrooms? Spacious, walk-in closets? While it may be true now, all of that is soon to change. As the internet of things picks up pace to grace various aspects of the home, automation is predicted to be a hot remodeling trend in years to come.


Useful stuff: The PowerCube provides an interesting spin on power strips

If there’s one thing most of us don’t enjoy looking at, it’s the humble, timeless, ugly power strip. They’re unsightly and they never seem to rest where you’d like them to. They gather dust bunnies and look like perpetual fire hazards. When AC adapters are bulky, they effectively take up two outlets. It’s just a big giant “ugh.” A number of devices have emerged that get rid of the “strip” and instead center multiple AC outlets directly into a single-plug wall unit. The Allocacoc PowerCube expands upon (or rather, consolidates) that concept.

Bluetooth looking to be the key to Internet of Things

Bluetooth is known to most people from the land of their phones. First introduced as a low power way to connect a wireless headset, the protocol soon expanded to stereo headsets, and now to control the internet of things. More and more, smartphones and tablets are becoming the centerpiece and remote control of our electronic more »

Samsung app to control home appliances, devices

While companies battle it out to secure wrist-related real estate, Samsung has been busy with big-picture ideas. You think that a smartwatch is cutting edge? How about automating your entire home with just one app? Samsung has just announced the global launch of the Samsung Smart Home service. Soon enough, consumers will be able to connect to their home appliances and electronics from anywhere.


New Savant CEO begs question: Is Savant Apple’s answer to the smart home?

Savant, a major player in the home automation that prides itself on being the first iOS-based control system on the market, just announced the addition of William Lynch, the former Barnes and Noble CEO, to be its new CEO. Lynch was the executive behind the Nook, and was chosen to shepherd a new initiative that will help Savant reach out of the luxury market and into the common home.

Control your ‘Mother’ like never before

As my sister once described it, being a mom is a ‘total ass-whoop’, and you need every shred of help you can get. But if have endless supplies of energy, you really don’t have anything to complain about, do you? Permanent LED smiles don’t hurt, either.

This Is Cool: Piper All-in-One Security/Automation Device

  While it may look like a compact bookshelf speaker, Blacksumac’s Piper is actually a panoramic security camera with siren, Z-Wave home automation, and environmental sensors (like temperature) all built in to one little package. You can set up rules for Piper for various “If…Then” scenarios. For example, “If motion is detected while I’m on more »