Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Google Assistant and Bixby…oh what fun it is to keep up with the ever-growing list of virtual assistants who claim they can improve your life, magically give you more free time to do things you love, and lower your cholesterol.
Maybe it's a closet light on a pull-chain, or a ceiling light in a room with an inconvenient switch, or maybe you just don't want to get up from the couch. In any case, you can make a favorite light bulb smart by just screwing it into the HomeKit-enabled Smart Socket from Koogeek.
On first glance, the Premis looks like just another electronic deadbolt with a keypad, but it's actually an excellent smart lock that gives you another good product option if you live in the HomeKit world.
So, there’s a home surveillance camera that evokes lyrics from a certain song? Seriously? Yes. And with its multiple on-board and external sensors, it’s pretty smart, too. Say hello to the Pivot, from Zmodo.
While Zmodo has been in the security business for a while, they’ve made inroads into the home automation space over the past few years, and at CES 2017, they unveiled many new products to complete their vision of a “smart home”. Introduced in 2016, the Pivot is a product that goes beyond the basics of a traditional home security camera.
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.
Usually, getting your ceiling fan to do something means flipping a switch, pulling a chain or possibly hunting for the remote. But with the right home automation hardware, your ceiling fan could create a nice cool breeze at the right moments, without you lifting a finger!
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.
Automate and control nearly any outdoor "thing" with the Insteon Outdoor On/Off Module. Whether it's the holiday lights and you're looking for sunset-to-sunrise brilliance of your home, or perhaps it's controlling a fountain or backyard gnome, this module can take care of it with the reliability of Insteon.
Looking to escape the tangled wires of holiday lights this year? The 1byone holiday laser projector could simplify your decorating and give you time for more important things, like baking cookies, instead!
Filled with the latest products from home automation to LED lighting and a little bit of everything in between, our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide will help you (or those on your list) create a smarter, more intelligent home!
Our fourth giveaway this season is an awesome little remote control switch and energy-use monitor from iDevices, compatible with iOS devices, HomeKit and Amazon's Echo devices. (Android support coming soon)
The brand-new Google Home voice-activated smart speaker has started making its home in homes across the U.S. and we’ve got a first-look, unboxing, setup overview and some fun demos to show off for you.
Our most-requested product review is here: the LIFX Color 1000 Smart LED Bulb. With a gorgeous palette of colors and shades of white light and no need for a hub or bridge, it’s a great smart bulb for those just getting started making their homes smarter.
We decided to help you spend more time with your family this year, instead of making you sit through a long video or article where we talked about every deal in excruciating detail. So instead, just browse through our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter to see some hand-selected deals and ideas.