Although LED lighting is becoming more mainstream, we aren’t quite at the point of having a large variety of options. This is especially so, if you’re looking for something more than a standard bulb that screws in a lamp socket. Don’t get me wrong; those smartbulbs are pretty fantastic, especially the multi-color ones. The problem more »
With all the latest TV and home theater electronics releasing lately, you might have been thinking about a possible upgrade. One of the great benefits that comes with upgrading is the opportunity to adjust or completely change the layout of a room. A bigger television may require more open wall space. A receiver and full more »
If you haven’t had the chance to experiment and play with some wireless-enabled home equipment, you’re seriously missing out. Not only do the latest wireless lights, thermostats, fans, humidifiers (and more) save energy, the user control is both fun and convenient. Wireless connectivity with all these different devices makes it possible to stay on top more »
Wireless charging is awesome. Imagine not having to carry a charger with you everywhere you go (or not having to search your home for one). Now here comes technology that proposes to integrate wireless charging into your desk, bedside table, counters… you name it.
With the increasing number of home automation options, it can be a little difficult to visualize how and where one might use them. Not only that, similar products from different brands can have certain features to fit some needs better than others. We like to test-drive cars before we buy and test-fit clothes before we wear, so why not also test home automation technology?
If you’re like me, minimizing resource waste is a lifestyle. I don’t overwater (good thing, since Sacramento has “water police”), I don’t overload the washer or dishwasher, and I hang clothes to dry in the oven that we call a garage (especially effective in the summer). But most importantly, I shut off lights when they’re 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 »
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.
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 »
Let’s face it. Our planet has limited resources that will only cost more as we dig them for use. If technologically advanced aliens were indeed observing us unnoticed, I’m sure they’d be puzzled over why we dig holes for energy instead of tapping into the free stuff. Like our glowing, energy generator, the sun.
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.
If there’s one thing most of us don’t enjoy looking at, it’s the humble, timeless, ugly power strip. They’re unsightly and they never seem to rest where you’d like them to. They gather dust bunnies and look like perpetual fire hazards. When AC adapters are bulky, they effectively take up two outlets. It’s just a big giant “ugh.” A number of devices have emerged that get rid of the “strip” and instead center multiple AC outlets directly into a single-plug wall unit. The Allocacoc PowerCube expands upon (or rather, consolidates) that concept.