Intelligent homes are nothing new. Manufacturers like Crestron, AMX, Control4, Elan, Savant, and others have been playing the home automation game for years, decades even. These OG home automation systems require a custom integrator to install, usually have some hard-wired element, and are intuitive, sophisticated, feature-rich, and highly functional.
The first thing you start worrying about when you go on a trip is the “did I” list. Did I…. turn off the stove? Feed the cat? Close the garage door? Well, now you can not only find out the status of your garage at any minute of the day from anywhere, but close it, open it, and know when someone else does the same.
We just love Kickstarter and all the crowd-funding sites out there for their ability to level the playing field even a little bit to allow the average Joe or Jill a shot at inventing something. We also love crowdfunding because it breeds innovation. We scoured Kickstarter and were delighted to find these five high-tech projects worth peeping–from sensor-based parenting to making musical instruments out of everyday objects.
URC’s Total Control automation system is popular for its ability to do a lot, for not a lot of dough. URC recently announced that it is expanding its Total Control lineup to include a wand-style handheld remote with Z-Wave compatibility, and offering wider two-way, third-party IP camera integration. What this means is that you won’t always need a smart phone to operate your home, and you have a wider choice for what security cameras you want to integrate into your URC Total Control system .
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.
Where I live, we’ve actually been rocking the single digits, making radiant floor heating–which warms the actual body of the house and not just the air inside it–an incredible thing. This not only keeps your tootsies warm in winter but helps to alleviate drafts and cold exterior walls.
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.
Many unlucky stiffs might as well call the office ‘home’, while others can do their work in their pajamas. But for some, socializing plays a huge part in career success, causing the lines between home and office to blur. For this self-made music manager located in Brooklyn, entertaining at home is simply part of the job. It’s more »
We’ve seen a lot of remote consolidation devices out there, like Logitech’s Harmony Remotes. With so many devices around and so many ways of controlling them, a strictly infrared (IR), or even combination Bluetooth remote isn’t going to cut it. That’s why UEI has developed QuickSet, which allows a single remote to control every single remote-controllable thing in your house, including new game systems like the Xbox One. Even Microsoft’s own IR remote can’t control the Xbox One, but UEI’s QuickSet has become the second partner to provide a remote for the system
Today Proofpoint, a security service provider, put out a press release that reveals a cyberattack coming from smart appliances–the first such documented Internet of Things (IoT) attack. More than 750,000 malicious emails were sent from 100,000+ compromised connected home appliances and gadgets, including routers, TVs, and a connected fridge. Considering that the market is flooded with such devices, it brings up some important security questions.
Wireless locks are a popular thing right now, and for good reason. Imagine being stuck in traffic and your dinner guests arrive early…just send them an e-key so they can let themselves in (and hopefully turn on the oven). Want your housekeeper to clean while you are on vacation? No problem, you can open and close doors remotely from anywhere you have Internet access, then come home to a nice clean house. Want to lock out your psycho soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend before she sets the place on fire? No problem.
With all the recent buzz about the smart home, and home-technology innovation running rampant, it begs the question: Where the bejesus is Apple? On the heels of the recent announcement that Google purchased Nest for a jaw-dropping $3.2 billion, Apple’s silence on the smart-home front is puzzling in the quest for smart-home world domination. Sure, there are higher-end Apple-based solutions like those from Savant, but as far as user-installed smart home technology, it’s been crickets so far.