Victorinox may be more commonly known for their line of Swiss Army knives. Whichever way you recognize them, you’re likely to relate the ideas of quality and multi-function. Why have a knife, file, driver, tweezers, and bottle opener separately when a single gadget can do it all? Why, indeed. There is a growing number of more »
Many of current home automation products involve the control of light. Some are wireless-enabled switches, while others are LED bulbs with Bluetooth built right in. But of the ones you could get and install today, none of them really manage any natural light in the home. That’s where TiltMyBlinds comes in. Most homes have the more »
With traditional universal remote controls on the wane, Logitech is reviving its renowned Harmony brand with a DIY home control system called Harmony Living Home. Companies like URC, Savant, Crestron and more have been doing this stuff very ably for a while, only their systems are more complex and feature-rich, and must be custom-programmed by professional installers. The Harmony system, while it appears to be not nearly as capable as those systems, is aimed directly at the consumer.
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 »
By now, we’re pretty familiar with smart bulbs and how they work. LED-powered bulbs – such as Lumen, LIFX, and Philips Hue – are wireless-enabled, use less energy, and sometimes can shift to any color of choice. But the real fun feature is being able to control them through mobile devices. Open the app, and more »
Personally, I like my air as I do deadpan comedic humor – cold and dry. I remember the first time I ever visited the East coast as a kid. That first, fresh breath of summer air outside the airplane felt like I was gulping down a soggy sink sponge. It was a bit of a more »
When it comes to home monitoring, one of the first things that may come to mind is security and protection against theft. This is only a single aspect of such systems, as users have other priorities too. Keeping tabs on family members or pets easily makes it to the top of the list. The peace 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.
These days, smartphones seem to be less like phones and more like everything else. They’re for taking pictures, reading, playing games, watching video content, listening to music, and so many more ways of of communicating than two-way voice. New apps and products serve to add additional features to this already omni-device. So how about using more »
Home surveillance cameras are useful, easy to operate, and quite affordable these days. Most provide a mobile app so homeowners can check in with smartphones or tablets whenever they wish. Users can opt for motion-detection alerts, too. The hard part about most motion-detection rules is that anything can trigger it: branches swaying by the window, more »
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?
“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 »