Right now, surveillance is growing in popularity. Manufacturers have been providing cost-effective video cameras that can be easily accessed from mobile devices. The days of convoluted and/or expensive home monitoring is long gone. Besides, there’s an element of DIY self-satisfaction you get by doing the work yourself instead of hiring a service. A trio of more »
There’s been a boom of wireless-enabled smart bulbs over the past year or so. Although many will recognize popular models such as LIFX and Philips Hue, you can search Amazon and find plenty of options for Bluetooth wireless light bulbs. Some of them even have built-in speakers so you can remotely control both lights and more »
One of the tests of manhood involves carrying all the groceries into the house in a single trip. Even as our spouse heads to unlock and open the front door before turning around to help, we’ve already collected each bag and shut the trunk. As we shuffle with loaded arms, lifting over bushes, twisting through more »
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 »
If you haven’t thought about setting up some form of home security system, it’s a great time to do so. Not only are monitoring cameras very affordable, installation and setup is a breeze. Users can have their equipment up and connected to mobile devices in no time at all. Many of the latest and greatest more »
Although universal remotes are not necessarily new, latest tech trends have been turning our mobile devices into yet another tool. When you follow the logic of eliminating a pile of remotes for a single one, it makes sense to ditch that and just use a smartphone. As the internet of things continues blessing our home more »
The energy costs for heating and cooling can be huge, especially during the peak of winter or summer months. One of the main reasons why costs can be excessive is due to mismanagement of temperature. If the AC is set too low while no one is home, it’s working on overtime to keep a house unnecessarily cool.
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.
You may have heard of iControl recently, the company that purchased the Piper all-in-one smart home device that includes a security camera, sensors, and more in one unit for easy smart home integration. The company is also pushing an OpenHome Partner Program, which urges device makers to partner for a common smart home platform.
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 »
When it comes to the Internet of things bestowing the powers of connectivity to the modern home, security and monitoring leads the pack. These days, surveillance goes beyond catching would-be burglars in the act. It has also become a means to keep abreast of emergencies, such as fire, or to keep an eye on loved more »
Remember when comprehensive, high-end home entertainment centers had half a dozen remotes (or more) to deal with? I wish I didn’t. Sure, it was fine if you owned and operated it, but talk about hell when you’re house-sitting and just want to watch some simple TV.