In the early part of the century, I helped launch a magazine called the Connected Guide to the Digital Home. Clunky title, I know. But at the time, there were so many other publications with the word ‘connected’ in the title that the publisher’s couldn’t get the rights to a good one. But back then, the market wasn’t quite there.
Today Danish Manufacturer Poly-Control launches Danalock, an inexpensive smart lock that uses Bluetooth Smart and Z-wave in favor of WiFi for their power-saving properties, giving users increased battery life.
I can tell you from experience that recording and storing footage from an IP security camera is generally neither easy nor cheap. Your options generally fall into one of two categories: dedicated and expensive IP camera DVRs, or programs that clog up your PC’s hard drive and diminish your desktop performance. D-Link, though, introduced a more »
A log of home automation gadgetry is expensive. Even if you have the base stations, the simplest thing like a light dimmer can run $50 to $200. But what if you could get your feet wet in the world of full-fledged garage door automation for a mere $39? Sounds too good to be true? It more »
Let’s play a word association game. I say “Viper Alarm” and you say… Probably something like, “Squee-squee-squee-squee-Pew-pew-pew-pew-Weeoo-weeoo-weeoo-weeoo-WooooooOOP-wooooooOOP-Ack-ack-ack-ack-Doo-DEE-doo-DEE-doo-DEE-doo-DEE,” right? Viper is certainly one of the most recognizable names (and sounds) in the car alarm market. But according to CNET, you may be seeing the name soon on a home near you. Un-clench your buttocks. There’s no more »
In suburban Chicago, the Carnevil haunted house is using home automation technology from Elan Home Systems to enhance the fear. Elan’s g! automation system precisely controls LED lights, music, sound effects, surveillance cams, speakers and subwoofers in the 15,000-square-foot area to freak visitors out. Control interfaces using Elan’s g! Mobile app are provided on numerous iPads more »
When’s the last time you really sat down and thought about the plumbing in your home? Chances are good that it was the last time something went wrong, right? Or maybe when you were remodeling or renovating your home. Other than that, you just sort of accept that it works and that this is the more »
Late last month, Jessica Lessin broke the news that Nest Labs was working on a new smoke detector. Today, the company officially unveiled the new product — called Nest Protect — which not only brings smoke detection into the Nest ecosystem, but carbon monoxide detection, as well. And, of course, it does so in that more »
URC’s programmable remote controls have long been a favorite in the home theater space. From user programmable remotes in the Harmony vein to advanced one-room controllers designed for custom programming under the Complete Control heading, on to of course the company’s new-ish Total Control whole home control system, URC has a little something for every more »
Notice how you haven’t seen any of those “There’s an app for that” commercials in a while? You know why? Because there’s an app for everything now. Which is all well and fine until you just want to kick back, listen to some tunes, and perhaps browse a little social media, check your mail, or more »
If you’re a child of the eighties, there’s no way you can look at the GoGogate without thinking, “Go-Go-Gadget Garage Door Opener!” I’m not sure if the designers of this new smart remote access device had that in mind, and if they did there’s no way they would admit it (although, seriously, the licensing fees more »
Comcast and other telecoms have been aggressively expanding their businesses, moving into home control solutions that cover the basic like heat and HVAC, along with security cameras and motion sensors. Thanks to a new trademark application, it looks like Comcast may be rebranding those sorts of services, the basics of which are now offered as more »