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.
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.
While it may look like a compact bookshelf speaker, Blacksumac’s Piper is actually a panoramic security camera with siren, Z-Wave home automation, and environmental sensors (like temperature) all built in to one little package. You can set up rules for Piper for various “If…Then” scenarios. For example, “If motion is detected while I’m on more »
Samsung has been pretty busy over the last year or so making everyday appliances into Internet-connected wunderkinds. But one area they have yet to dabble in is the nitty gritty of home automation–the heat, the light, the locks–that is, until now. The Lumen is a device intended to replace a light switch or thermostat somewhere more »
Today is the last day of CES 2014, and what a show it has been. This year’s consumer-electronics extravaganza was so incredibly crowded–even with a bunch of weather-induced cancelled flights from around the country–that at times, it was actually hard to walk. Adding insult to injury, there were tour operators leading newbs around the convention more »
CES 2014 hasn’t even started yet, and the smart home is already the star of the show (ok, maybe next to 4K Ultra High Def TV). In fact, there seems to be a sort of scrambling going on as companies compete to be the platform for your home in this burgeoning marketplace. Here is what we more »
Clearly, the connected home is an exciting thing. So exciting, in fact, that Archos showed its hand more than a week before the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show is scheduled to begin in Las Vegas January 7. The company revealed today Archos Connected Home, a slew of connected devices for your smart abode, as well more »
If you’ve operated anything via your smartphone or tablet, ever, then you know what the Internet of Things (IoT) is in its most basic form. Basically, IoT is a network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment. The example Bosch gave in a more »
It’s crunch time now to get your special someone a gift for the holidays—and what better gift can you give than the gift of technology? In this holiday gift guide, we take you through every room of the house and offer ideas for high-tech gear and gadgets that will make your home that much more entertaining, fun, cozy, smart, green, cool, and convenient.
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.
Ninja Blocks came out last year as a way to track all of your transmitting devices, be it Bluetooth, WiFi, or other major protocols throughout your house. By creating a map, and tracking the patterns of your movements and activities, and tying them to a fully customizable and programmable interface, the Ninja Blocks are able more »
Managing and monitoring the energy usage of the devices in your home usually involves either having individual , or buying into complicated whole-home systems like TED 5000, which I’ll admit I don’t even understand completely (and I’m a junky for this sort of thing). Energy Aware has just announced a new intelligent energy management system more »