IFTTT – The App that Automates your Home and Life IFTTT – The App that Automates your Home and Life

By Dave Duncan

IFTTT may be the DIY tool you are looking for to bring your smart home together. As the Internet of Things continues to grow and we end up with more and more smart devices and personal assistant apps, there is an increasing desire for everything to work together.  One solution has been gaining tract
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By Dave Duncan

IFTTT may be the DIY tool you are looking for to bring your smart home together. As the Internet of Things continues to grow and we end up with more and more smart devices and personal assistant apps, there is an increasing desire for everything to work together. One solution has been gaining tract
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Ooma Home Monitoring System – DIY Security Ooma Home Monitoring System – DIY Security

By Nikki Kahl

The Ooma Home Monitoring System is a smart home security solution for do-it-yourselfers. Ooma, known for Ooma Telo and their recently announced Ooma Internet Security, has come out with an easy-to-install home security system that is not only for homeowners, but for renters as well. Three types of s
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By Nikki Kahl

The Ooma Home Monitoring System is a smart home security solution for do-it-yourselfers. Ooma, known for Ooma Telo and their recently announced Ooma Internet Security, has come out with an easy-to-install home security system that is not only for homeowners, but for renters as well. Three types of s
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FLIR ONE Smartphone Thermal Imaging FLIR ONE Smartphone Thermal Imaging

By Nikki Kahl

FLIR aims to raise the scope of human vision to a whole new level. A company that specializes in increasing our awareness and perception, FLIR has a whole host of systems ranging from thermal imaging, visible-light imaging, locator, measurement and diagnostic, to advanced threat detection systems. W
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By Nikki Kahl

FLIR aims to raise the scope of human vision to a whole new level. A company that specializes in increasing our awareness and perception, FLIR has a whole host of systems ranging from thermal imaging, visible-light imaging, locator, measurement and diagnostic, to advanced threat detection systems. W
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Nanoleaf Aurora – The Art of Smart Lighting Nanoleaf Aurora – The Art of Smart Lighting

By Nikki Kahl

Smart lighting is a popular choice for many homes, but how about artistic smart lighting? Nanoleaf Aurora is possibly the most innovative and impressive way to bring smart lighting into your home. Triangular frosted panels mount to the wall in customizable patterns. I’ve seen Aurora designs in zigza
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By Nikki Kahl

Smart lighting is a popular choice for many homes, but how about artistic smart lighting? Nanoleaf Aurora is possibly the most innovative and impressive way to bring smart lighting into your home. Triangular frosted panels mount to the wall in customizable patterns. I’ve seen Aurora designs in zigza
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Ilumi Smartstrip Makes Smart Lighting Fun Ilumi Smartstrip Makes Smart Lighting Fun

By Nikki Kahl

The ilumi Smartstrip is a millennial’s dream. Smart lighting is fun on its own, but with the new ilumi Smartstrip, you can transform your home or apartment into a mini-rave. The company has created a smart lighting strip that adds both luxury and entertainment to the home, and the ilumi Smartstrip’s
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By Nikki Kahl

The ilumi Smartstrip is a millennial’s dream. Smart lighting is fun on its own, but with the new ilumi Smartstrip, you can transform your home or apartment into a mini-rave. The company has created a smart lighting strip that adds both luxury and entertainment to the home, and the ilumi Smartstrip’s
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MyQ Garage Inspires Peace of Mind MyQ Garage Inspires Peace of Mind

By Nikki Kahl

Gone are the days where you find yourself down the road from your home, questioning whether you remembered to shut garage door or not. Chamberlain, a manufacturer known for their garage door openers, has introduced a new way to ease your mind. Their Chamberlain MyQ Garage Smartphone Garage Door Open
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By Nikki Kahl

Gone are the days where you find yourself down the road from your home, questioning whether you remembered to shut garage door or not. Chamberlain, a manufacturer known for their garage door openers, has introduced a new way to ease your mind. Their Chamberlain MyQ Garage Smartphone Garage Door Open
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HuGo Camera and IVO Monitor by Binatone HuGo Camera and IVO Monitor by Binatone

By Nikki Kahl

Monitoring your child’s nursery just got smarter. HuGo and IVO bring a fresh approach to video home monitoring with its Alexa Voice interface, serving as a smart solution for the home and, perhaps more importantly, the nursery. HuGo and IVO come with a host of cool perks, such as the aforementioned
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By Nikki Kahl

Monitoring your child’s nursery just got smarter. HuGo and IVO bring a fresh approach to video home monitoring with its Alexa Voice interface, serving as a smart solution for the home and, perhaps more importantly, the nursery. HuGo and IVO come with a host of cool perks, such as the aforementioned
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Eve Wall Switch Teams Up With Siri Eve Wall Switch Teams Up With Siri

By Nikki Kahl

One the world’s first HomeKit enabled light switches has stepped out into the spotlight. Elgato Eve has surpassed the competition with the Eve Light Switch, a smart home automation solution that turns your lighting set up into a Siri-controlled system, whether single or multi-bulb. This voice activa
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By Nikki Kahl

One the world’s first HomeKit enabled light switches has stepped out into the spotlight. Elgato Eve has surpassed the competition with the Eve Light Switch, a smart home automation solution that turns your lighting set up into a Siri-controlled system, whether single or multi-bulb. This voice activa
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Securifi Almond 3 Router Safe From Malware Securifi Almond 3 Router Safe From Malware

By Nikki Kahl

Security has been breached on a number of internet-connected devices over the last year in large-scale botnet attacks. A quick Google search on “Mirai Botnet” will turn up a plethora of potentially frightening articles detailing malware attacks on routers and smart devices, where your products essen
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By Nikki Kahl

Security has been breached on a number of internet-connected devices over the last year in large-scale botnet attacks. A quick Google search on “Mirai Botnet” will turn up a plethora of potentially frightening articles detailing malware attacks on routers and smart devices, where your products essen
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Smartech Robotic Vacuum Rivals iRobot Smartech Robotic Vacuum Rivals iRobot

By Nikki Kahl

Black and Decker has entered the robotic vacuum playing field, its new Smartech robotic vacuum competing with top names like iRobot, Roomba and Neato. Its features rival the most recent developments from these opposing companies, but for near-half the price. Robotic vacuums used to be a pricey alter
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By Nikki Kahl

Black and Decker has entered the robotic vacuum playing field, its new Smartech robotic vacuum competing with top names like iRobot, Roomba and Neato. Its features rival the most recent developments from these opposing companies, but for near-half the price. Robotic vacuums used to be a pricey alter
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Our articles cover a wide range of topics. Some will be about products that haven’t yet been reviewed, others relating to new product announcements and new products being shown at trade shows. You will also find articles on new or shifting smart home / home automation industry trends, new technologies, and even some on which companies are dominating smart home automation and which new companies are likely to impact the industry, and your choices.

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IFTTT – The App that Automates your Home and Life

By Dave Duncan | February 25, 2017
IFTTT may be the DIY tool you are looking for to bring your smart home together. As the Internet of Things continues to grow and we end up with more and more smart devices and personal assistant ...

Ooma Home Monitoring System – DIY Security

By Nikki Kahl | February 21, 2017
The Ooma Home Monitoring System is a smart home security solution for do-it-yourselfers. Ooma, known for Ooma Telo and their recently announced Ooma Internet Security, has come out with an ...

FLIR ONE Smartphone Thermal Imaging

By Nikki Kahl | February 14, 2017
FLIR aims to raise the scope of human vision to a whole new level. A company that specializes in increasing our awareness and perception, FLIR has a whole host of systems ranging from thermal ...

Nanoleaf Aurora – The Art of Smart Lighting

By Nikki Kahl | February 1, 2017
Smart lighting is a popular choice for many homes, but how about artistic smart lighting? Nanoleaf Aurora is possibly the most innovative and impressive way to bring smart lighting into your ...

Ilumi Smartstrip Makes Smart Lighting Fun

By Nikki Kahl | January 31, 2017
The ilumi Smartstrip is a millennial’s dream. Smart lighting is fun on its own, but with the new ilumi Smartstrip, you can transform your home or apartment into a mini-rave. The company has ...

MyQ Garage Inspires Peace of Mind

By Nikki Kahl | January 31, 2017
Gone are the days where you find yourself down the road from your home, questioning whether you remembered to shut garage door or not. Chamberlain, a manufacturer known for their garage door ...

HuGo Camera and IVO Monitor by Binatone

By Nikki Kahl | January 30, 2017
Monitoring your child’s nursery just got smarter. HuGo and IVO bring a fresh approach to video home monitoring with its Alexa Voice interface, serving as a smart solution for the home and, ...

Eve Wall Switch Teams Up With Siri

By Nikki Kahl | January 25, 2017
One the world’s first HomeKit enabled light switches has stepped out into the spotlight. Elgato Eve has surpassed the competition with the Eve Light Switch, a smart home automation solution that ...

Securifi Almond 3 Router Safe From Malware

By Nikki Kahl | January 25, 2017
Security has been breached on a number of internet-connected devices over the last year in large-scale botnet attacks. A quick Google search on “Mirai Botnet” will turn up a plethora of ...

Qube Smart Bulb and Qube Smart Light Strip

By Nikki Kahl | January 25, 2017
The Qube Smart Bulb and Qube Smart Light Strip with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have arrived to make smart home lighting more cost-effective. These color lights may have been “just another smart light” ...

Smartech Robotic Vacuum Rivals iRobot

By Nikki Kahl | January 23, 2017
Black and Decker has entered the robotic vacuum playing field, its new Smartech robotic vacuum competing with top names like iRobot, Roomba and Neato. Its features rival the most recent ...

Canary Flex – 360 Degree HD Security

By Nikki Kahl | January 23, 2017
Meet the Canary Flex, a 360 degree HD security camera with crystal clear audio, placement flexibility, and a sleek design. The small camera is housed in a black or white case measuring 4.35 ...

Ember Mug – Coffee Just Got Smarter

By Nikki Kahl | January 20, 2017
The days of too-hot or lukewarm beverages are over. Ember mug, the world’s first temperature controlled mug, uses an app to adjust its contents’ temperature to your preferred heat. Too hot? Ember ...

Wemo Dimmer and Wemo Mini by Belkin

By Nikki Kahl | January 20, 2017
Welcome the two newest additions to the Belkin Wemo product lineup, the Wemo Dimmer and the Wemo Mini, a smart plug solution. Belkin’s Wemo line seeks to provide home automation users with an ...

Baldwin Evolved – The Elegant Smart Lock

By Nikki Kahl | January 18, 2017
Home automation meets high-end in the new Baldwin Evolved. The latest addition to the Baldwin Hardware line, the Baldwin Evolved uses Kevo technology and comes in eighteen beautiful and fully ...

Eve Motion Sensor Uses HomeKit

By Nikki Kahl | January 16, 2017
Meet the Elgato Eve Motion Sensor, one of the first wireless motion sensors with HomeKit technology. Elgato’s claim to fame in the home automation arena is their exclusive use of HomeKit, ...

Google Home vs Amazon Echo – The Race Continues

By Nikki Kahl | December 28, 2016
In our previous article, Google Home vs Amazon Echo – Who Will Rule Your Roost And Why, we touched on a couple of the more significant aspects of a smart personal assistant – finding ...

Google Home vs Amazon Echo – Who Will Rule Your Roost And Why

By Nikki Kahl | December 22, 2016
Google Home Takes On Amazon Echo In The Battle Of Personal Assistants In what is possibly the most significant technological race since that between the United States and Russia during the Cold ...

Amazon Echo and Echo Dots: Use Them to control an Entire Smart Home

By Art Feierman | October 13, 2016
The Amazon Echo is a great device for many purposes, especially controlling home automation gear.  Adding Amazon Echo Dots makes life better.  Music, news, other capabilities are cool but ...

CEDIA: Smart Home Personal Assistants: Amazon Alexa’s New Friends, Apple HomeKit Siri

By Art Feierman | September 18, 2016
If there is one aspect of voice control/personal assistants that really stood out in terms of announcements, it was the number of companies now supporting Amazon Alexa. This is a world where the ...

Smart Home Eco-Systems A-Z: Z is for Z-Wave, Zigbee

By Art Feierman | August 15, 2016
Call them home automation standards, languages, or protocols…Z-Wave and Zigbee, like Wifi, and Bluetooth are communications standards.  I have smart home gear using all four. If you are ...

Smart Home Ecosystems A-Z

By Art Feierman | July 18, 2016
When I chose A to Z Smart Home Ecosystems for a title to this group of articles, it seemed natural, since four  of the major “environments” that I loosely dub ...

Smart Home A to Z Personal Assistants – A is for Apple, Alexa pg.2

By Art Feierman | July 18, 2016
In building their eco-system, Apple’s kept it somewhat closed,  as they have their own standards.   HomeKit is the “home” of those standards for home automation.  If a company ...

Smart Home A to Z Personal Assistants – A is for Apple, Alexa

By Art Feierman | July 16, 2016
Welcome to our Smart Home discussion of Personal Assistant based home automation eco-systems The two most, well known, geared for the mass market personal assistants developed at this time, are ...

Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge, Light Switches and Dimmer

By Lisa Feierman | May 18, 2016
The Lutron Caséta is a lighting control system that primarily consists of a smart wireless bridge, light switches (in-wall or plug-in), and dimmers. The Caséta line is the lowest of ...
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