Right now, surveillance is growing in popularity. Manufacturers have been providing cost-effective video cameras that can be easily accessed from mobile devices. The days of convoluted and/or expensive home monitoring is long gone. Besides, there’s an element of DIY self-satisfaction you get by doing the work yourself instead of hiring a service. A trio of 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 »
As the Internet of things continues to connect our modern homes in smart and accessible ways, consumers are set with a new range of products to consider. Home automation and upgrades are poised to lead residential trends. One key interest to homeowners is surveillance and monitoring. What used to be an involving process to set up more »
With more cable-cutting in favor of streaming video, HTPCs are becoming more common. As technology advances, things that used to be somewhat difficult are now made easier. Take, for instance, the home theater PC (HTPC). You used to need some wizardry about it, but these days installation and set up is a breeze.
Let’s face it peeps, it’s a digital world—especially when it comes to music. While I love the warmth and detail of a good-old-fashioned record on a turntable, you won’t see me toting my record player into the office. In fact, I have a significant investment of digital music on my computer, spanning from when iTunes was first launched back in 2003.
The first thing you notice about the Kicker Amphitheater BT2 Audio System is that it looks like it should be Darth Vader’s headrest. In other words, it looks pretty bad ass. You could color me intrigued. Kicker was kind enough to send me a review unit, and it’s a keeper to my ears.
I have four kids, two of which I share with my husband’s ex, at whose household they spend part of the week. Needless to say, there is a constant stream of human comings-and-goings in our household, all to the vulnerability of home security.
My electricity bills are astronomical. I mean, they are sincerely embarrassing. That’s no doubt due to the fact that the city I live in insisted we keep our old craftsman windows on the front of our little bungalow despite making us jump through hoops in other areas during our home remodel.
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.
Lighting is kind of like the salt of home decor. You can design a fab living room with all the right pieces, but without the proper lighting, it can all end up rather bland–just imagine your carefully considered decor awash in the florescent lighting at the dentist’s office. That’s one reason why we are digging all the nifty smart LED lighting kits currently on the market that allow you to wirelessly control your lights, dim them to your heart’s content, and virtually never have to change a bulb.
LED lighting is hot right now. Actually, it’s more cool than hot because LED bulbs are way, way cooler than their incandescent counterparts, remaining cool to the touch after hours of use. Those of you who have unscrewed an incandescent lightbulb and burned your fingers in the process can appreciate that. Not to mention that LEDs are more energy efficient.
If you don’t have the option, or don’t want the option, of installing a full-blown stereo system near your TV — an AV receiver, at least two speakers, all of the cabling that goes with them — this device is a very fine compromise.