All tagged Wi-Fi

Today’s smart home is a reality thanks to the iPhone

The iPhone as the “Ultimate Digital Device” as coined by Steve Jobs in 2007 became much, much more than even he could have predicted. Today, the iPhone (and modern smartphones) has powerful apps, voice control, proximity automation, the list goes on. And all of those features, based in a hand-held device, have largely solved the decades-old challenges of creating a (real) smart home.

Meet Qube: The First Affordable Wi-Fi Color-Changing Smart Bulb (Review)

Smarter Home Life gets many, many emails and comments from its fans about the price of home automation products, and specifically, connected (or smart) lighting products. Some require a purchase of a starter kit with a hub, and others are à la carte but are upwards of $60 per lamp. Why is this stuff so darn expensive? It's partly because this is still a relatively niche industry, although it's growing rapidly. But all it takes is one lean start-up to take on the challenge of building a less-expensive but quality product. And, that's exactly what happened in 2015.

Unboxing + Review: LIFX Z Color-Changing LED Strips

Meet one of the newest members of the LIFX family: The LIFX "Z" LED strips with multiple zones for creative and fun lighting effects.

While LIFX now joins several other brands (Philips Hue, Sylvania Lightify) in making “LED strip lighting” that is app-controlled and can be integrated into home automation systems, they’ve taken it further by creating eight digitally-addressable zones per each strip.

August launches new HomeKit-enabled Smart Lock, upgrade offer coming in November for existing owners

Earlier today, August—the company who introduced its namesake smart lock to the market exactly one year ago—announced an upgraded Smart Lock that works with Apple’s HomeKit technology, the new August Doorbell Cam and new August Smart Keypad accessory.

The new August Smart Lock has an upgraded industrial design with a magnetic faceplate, micro-patterns on the turning surface of the lock for improved grip, along with a raised chrome indicator to show whether the August is locked or unlocked.