Google finally entered the pint-sized smart speaker competition recently, and the Google Home Mini is an overall great contender for winner of this always-listening digital assistant category.
Physical buttons have been, in many ways, forgotten in the modern smart home. In “the old days” they were the standard, but today it’s voice and apps that appear to rule the connected home. Fibaro’s Z-Wave offerings make having physical buttons around your home both useful and fun!
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.