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Get home automation hands-on with Insteon at RadioShack

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?

Eve automatically irrigates outdoor lawns, saves water

“Gold is the new green” could be California’s new state motto, considering the current, terrible drought conditions. As I look into my backyard, I see a patchwork of gold, brown, and green areas. In Sacramento, to aid water conservation, we get two watering days per week for a few hours each of those days. It’s more »

Who will bring Rosie the Robot to life?

Despite the overarching concept of the Internet of Things being “finding simple tech solutions to everyday problems,” today’s robots show little sign of advancing to house-cleaning autonomy.

Philips introduces Hue lux LED bulb

LED lighting is transforming the way we light our homes, and “smart” LED lighting takes lighting control to a new level. Now there’s a new smart LED option for homeowners, as Philips, one of the key drivers of the trend, today introduced its Hue lux LED bulb.

Samsung assimilates SmartThings for home automation domination

Without a doubt, the next big frontier for tech companies to focus on is home automation. With wearables still in question about their value and longevity, and the mobile market heavily saturated, new arenas to compete in must be sought out. Naturally, the players you’d expect to be there first – Apple, Google, and Samsung more »

My battle with Nest: The poster child of the smart home revolution exposes its biggest problem

Even after 29 days, Nest still can’t figure me out.

TechnologyTell Review: See.ing SmartCam 110 Camera

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 »

Emberlight provides wireless smarts to regular bulbs

There’s been a boom of wireless-enabled smart bulbs over the past year or so. Although many will recognize popular models such as LIFX and Philips Hue, you can search Amazon and find plenty of options for Bluetooth wireless light bulbs. Some of them even have built-in speakers so you can remotely control both lights and more »

Doors open via Bluetooth with Genie Smart Lock

One of the tests of manhood involves carrying all the groceries into the house in a single trip. Even as our spouse heads to unlock and open the front door before turning around to help, we’ve already collected each bag and shut the trunk. As we shuffle with loaded arms, lifting over bushes, twisting through more »

Is Your Home Smarter Than You?

Automobiles, POS systems for businesses and even phones have gotten “smarter” over the years. As innovation continues at an incredible pace, technology companies are literally moving to the home front to test out new products. Connected homes are likely to be the next big thing in smart technology, explains this article on CNN. With all the algorithms more »

Blink does away with high costs, wires for home surveillance

If you’ve only ever thought about home security and monitoring, yet never had the motivation to move forward, now is a good time as any. The power and range of surveillance cameras have grown so that there is something to fit anyone’s needs. Many options are highly affordable, require no monthly fees, and allow users more »

BrightSwitch automatically shuts lights off, saves energy at home

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 »