All the parts to make the smart home of the future are here; virtually every consumer appliance or piece of home electronics can be bought today with smart home technology embedded inside. The question is: How will you interact with those devices in your home? What information do you want from it? How do you want it delivered to you? How much is too much? And, what will you use as your command and control device?
Screens have always been lacking in the industrial design department. After all, there is not much you can do with a bright white or murky grayish flap of material other than hang it on the wall and enjoy the great image it has to offer. Even screen frames are lackluster–literally. They are often made of black velvet material meant to absorb light spilling over from the designated image area onto the frame.
If you are still uncertain as to whether or not the smart home trend is fact or fad, worry no more–research announced today suggests the later. ABI Research’s Smart Home Research Service announced that by 2018, more than half-a-billion wireless smart home monitoring devices will be used in homes around the world.
GE is giving new meaning to the term “refrigerator magnet.” No, the appliance giant isn’t going to start making funny little quips and pics that hold your kid’s drawings to the fridge anytime soon. Rather, these magnets go inside the refrigerator, replacing the compressors that have been used to keep your leftovers cold for 100 years. While we have come to be comforted by the sudden whir of the refrigerator compressor, in our opinion, this technology is so 1950s. So it’s about time.
It’s the question we always ask ourselves: Where do I put my TV? Figuring out where to put the television in a living room can be a little tricky. If you have the perfect wall for it, then you don’t have yourself much of a conundrum. But how many of us are lucky enough to have that? For many, there is not a single unoccupied wall in the room.
Devices like Buttkicker and D-box that engage the body have been around for years. These tactile transducers work with your furniture or specialized theater seating to physically shake and vibrate your seats along with the onscreen action. Imagine that same technology in a shirt, and you’ll have an idea of what Fox Footy’s “Alert Shirt” is all about.
Make your Stay-cation more like an Away-cation this Spring Break by thinking outside the box with the help of a little home technology. Here are our top 5 tips that will help you get away from it all, without leaving home.
Yesterday, Sonos, the company that invented and popularized the wireless multi-room audio category more than a decade ago, nobly released its patents in an announcement on the company’s blog. The company says that by doing so, other speaker manufacturers can benefit from their investment in research over the years. Sonos hopes this will foster creativity within the home audio category.
In the age of big data, no one is safe…So why not give the following companies your personal information, too? At least you might when something. Kidding aside, the following 10 giveaways from around the web will have you decking out your home theater (or creating an entirely new one, in some cases) in high style.
While you won’t find all of these products in America, and many of them are made to order, there are some unusual, and in some instances, downright awesome, electronics to be found on the WWW. Here are some of the more interesting products we’ve stumbled upon using the Houzz app. Whether you laugh, cry, or get out your wallet, we hope you enjoy these bizarre finds.
Yesterday was the Luxury Technology Show in New York, and there were a lot of high-end, not to mention high-ticket, items on display. Here are some of the coolest products from a few of the manufacturers on display for you to buy or covet, depending on your budget.
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.