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.
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.
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.
How would you like to have the living room lights turn on as soon as you step up to unlock the front door? Or maybe you’d like to be notified of when the dog is ready to come back inside from a backyard potty break? Interested in who is coming or going from your home in real-time? All this is possible with the SmartMat.