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You’re probably familiar with traditional home security systems, but do you really need a full system from one of the “usual” security companies? Today, the choices in home security for consumers have multiplied, with traditional security companies jumping into the smart home and the new smart home companies jumping into security. And, if you’re more “hands-on”, you can even piece together your own custom home security system and bypass the packaged systems altogether.
The smart home can be pretty serious at times, so it's time for a little humor and fun. So, what happens when you combine a toaster and a smart plug? It turns out, you get limited remote control features!
Have you thought about adding security cameras to your home? Specifically, indoor cameras? Does it give you any anxiety with being monitored in your own home?
Summer is quickly approaching in some parts of the world. And while ceiling (and other) fans help keep us cool instead of turning down the air conditioning, wouldn't it be great if they adjusted themselves automatically? It's easier to do than you think, and this edition of Smart Home Quick Tips will show you how!
These days, we're so used to the convenience of smart speakers and voice control, along with touch screens and apps, that we tend to forget that the original way to control the smart home was with physical controls. Multi-button control pads and wall controllers were commonplace years ago, but Apple, Google and Amazon want us to believe that everything will be voice controlled in the future. Well, I beg to differ.
Does your smart home have a few too many smart "things" and scenes that get tedious to trigger by voice? Do you forget what they're called, or perhaps the extra "trigger" words to activate them? Obviously most of us don’t speak in special code or in strange syntax. If these assistants of ours could be spoken to in a more natural way, it would probably make the smart home a bit helpful.
Google announced this new feature at Google I/O in May, but didn't mention when it would go live. Well, the wait is over...at least for the United States (for now). Actual (and free) phone calls to real phone numbers is now available on Google Home.
IKEA’s initial roll-out of smart lighting is a good value with a limited set of functionality, whether you use the physical remotes or the app and their gateway. But luckily, IKEA built Tradfri on the ubiquitous Zigbee standard, so it’s possible to use the Swedish smart bulbs on other smart home controllers.
It's tiny. It's smart. It's stylish and modern. It's the Smarter Home Life tiny smart home! This is your all-access ticket to see what life is like in a tiny home that has sophisticated, yet practical home automation technologies.
Amazon confirmed a few rumors on Tuesday, May 9 when they unveiled the new Echo Show, a tabletop device with speakers, mics, a 7" touchscreen and Alexa built-in, and announced that all existing Echo devices now had the ability to make phone calls and send messages to each other. The Internet, as usual, went bonkers over it.
Whether you celebrate the much-hyped, over-commercialized, sugar-laden romantic holiday or not, Valentine's Day usually conjures up ideas of bouqets of roses, sappy greeting cards and possibly some chocolate treats. But this question might come up if you're spending time with your special someone at home, how do you make your home more romantic and "set the mood?" With so many homes today being "smarter homes", it's easier than ever to add a little ambiance, even with just your voice!
Did you receive a "connected thing" or a "smart home" gadget this year? Before you connect it up, follow our handy checklist to keep it (and your other devices) safe and secure.
With the fall 2016 updates of Apple's major software platforms, the improvement and integration of home automation takes center stage in each of them. (Although we'll likely be waiting another year for HomeKit to arrive in macOS.) HomeKit is improved across iOS, tvOS and watchOS and the new Home app makes home automation easier than ever in iOS and watchOS.