These Smart(er) Home Automation category pages below serve up in-depth information about these types of smart home products, including Amazon Echo, Apple HomeKit, Whole Home Controllers, Smart Lighting, Smart Thermostats, and more. Each page will also provide a chronological list of all matching product reviews. When you select a particular category, such as Amazon Echo, it will bring up articles, reviews, and videos that are focused on that product, but also others where the Amazon Echo has a significant mention, even if not the primary point of discussion.

Latest Reviews, Articles, and Videos

Notifi video doorbell – summary

By Dave Duncan | July 16, 2017
Notifi doorbell and the smart home The Notifi video doorbell system is a good product for monitoring your doorstep.  The camera, mic and light bulb work together to form a good system. The one ...

Notifi- Mobile App and Features

By Dave Duncan | July 16, 2017
The Notifi mobile app gives you the power to interact with whomever is at your door.  You can instantly take pictures or start recording a video. You can also control the Notifi bulb. Turing it ...

Notifi – video doorbell system – The Review

By Dave Duncan | July 16, 2017
Answer your door at the flick of an app when you are home or away.  The Notifi video doorbell system from HeathZenith will send you notifications every time your doorbell rings.  The smartphone ...

ilumi Illuminates Your Smart Home – Manufacturer Monday

By Nikki Kahl | July 3, 2017
It was the Fall of 2010, and two MBA Classmates had a vision. They dreamed of “making light better,” a dream which became reality after their idea for an app-controlled LED won first place at the ...

HomePod – Apple’s Answer to Amazon Echo and Google Home

By Nikki Kahl | June 7, 2017
Apple introduced consumers to the concept of a pocket personal assistant back in 2010, when Siri was integrated into the already-beloved iPhone. With the advent of personal assistants for the ...

Philips Hue Gen 3 Smart Bulb “with Richer Colors” Review and Comparison

By Lisa Feierman | May 22, 2017
Welcome back to our second review of the Philips Hue Smart Light Bulbs – this time, of the Gen 3 with Richer Colors. 18 months ago, I wrote a review of the first generation Philips Hue. ...

Wink HUB 2 – Summary!

By Dave Duncan | May 9, 2017
The Wink HUB 2 is a smart hub for everyone. It is simple to setup, simple to use and reliable. All of the things you should look for when you are considering a new piece of gear for your ...

Wink HUB 2 – Robots, Schedules and Automation

By Dave Duncan | May 9, 2017
Automating tasks is one of the benefits of having a smart home hub. Wink HUB 2 is a great choice for your smart home needs. Wink uses robots as a way to link your devices together and have them ...

Wink HUB 2 – Setup, Upgrading and Compatibility

By Dave Duncan | May 9, 2017
Wink HUB 2 delivers on hardware performance.  The Wink App is also a few steps in front of the rest. Like most of us that start adding home automation stuff to your house, the main goal is, it ...

Wink Hub 2 – The Next Generation Smart Hub Review

By Dave Duncan | May 9, 2017
Wink Hub 2 is the next generation of one of the best home automation hubs on the Market. Now with more horse power and an all new form factor.  Wink is still at the top of their game, delivering ...

Google Home – The Summary!

By Dave Duncan | April 22, 2017
The battle for your voice control needs is well underway.  Google Home is a great option. Bringing many features to the forefront.  Their are other virtual assistants that have been around ...

Google Home – Bringing Voice control to your AV

By Dave Duncan | April 22, 2017
Google Home brings voice control to all your favorite Chormecast devices.  The Google Assistant will cast your content to which ever device you ask it to. It could be a TV with Chromecast built ...

Google Home – the voice of your smart home

By Dave Duncan | April 22, 2017
Google Home is a well educated personal assistant. The voice controlled speaker not only brings good sounding music and the knowledge of the internet into your home. Google Home can also control ...

Google Home – App, features and privacy

By Dave Duncan | April 22, 2017
The Google Home App Google Home app is the one application to manage all of your Google devices in your home. Once called Google Cast, now aptly named Google Home, it is the control point for the ...

Google Home, Voice Activated Assistant – The Review

By Dave Duncan | April 22, 2017
Google Home is coming on strong Google Home is far more than just a voice activated speaker.  Powered by the Google Assistant,  it offers voice control for your home, your music and your latest ...

Lightify Flex RGBW App and Alexa Voice Control Demo – Part 2 (Video)

By Nikki Kahl | April 11, 2017
Lightify Flex is a smart strip lighting kit by Sylvania. These strip lights are perfect for accent lighting, recessed lighting, and adding a little pop of color to any room. In this video, Art ...

Lightify Flex RGBW Smart LED Strip Lighting Demo – Part 1 (Video)

By Nikki Kahl | April 11, 2017
Lightify Flex is a smart strip lighting kit by Sylvania. These strip lights are perfect for accent lighting, recessed lighting, and adding a little pop of color to any room. In this video, Art ...

August Smart Lock Pro – The Smart Lock Solution for Professionals

By Nikki Kahl | April 4, 2017
August Home, a premium smart lock manufacturer, has just released the newest August Smart Lock – the August Smart Lock Pro. This lock is Z-Wave compatible and is geared toward the ...

August Home Launches Amazon Alexa Skill for Smart Door Locks

By Nikki Kahl | March 20, 2017
For some time now, Amazon Echo and smart lock users have been waiting with bated breath for a development that will allow them to lock and unlock their front door using Alexa. Well, you still ...

August Smart Lock Mortise Kit – Property Developers and Owners Rejoice

By Nikki Kahl | March 16, 2017
There has been a high demand for Mortise smart locks in North America, and until now, property developers have had slim pickings or none at all. August Home seeks to remedy that with their smart ...

1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Monitors – Audio Quality Meets Fashion

By Nikki Kahl | March 15, 2017
1More is a high-end audio company dedicated to bringing hi-fi sound and comfort to the ears of consumers everywhere. “Quality, affordability, style and community” are always in the minds of the ...

Sylvania Lightify Flex RGBW Lighting Review – Smart Strip Lighting by Osram

By Art Feierman | March 5, 2017
This review looks at the Lightify Flex RGBW – Strip lights which use RGBW LEDs to offer the full spectrum of color, plus tunable white.  They are brought to you by Osram Sylvania.  A basic ...

iDevices Switch – HomeKit, Alexa and Android in One Smart Switch

By Dave Duncan | March 2, 2017
The iDevices Smart Switch is one of the most compatible smart switches on the market, as it works with HomeKit, Alexa and your Android devices – all at the same time. That functionality ...

Kevo Plus Gateway by Kwikset Introduces Remote Locking – A Review

By Nikki Kahl | February 28, 2017
Kwikset is a well known lock manufacturer with a big presence in the home automation industry, thanks to their smart lock technology. The Kevo Plus is an accessory for the Kevo smart lock which ...

Eve Room – Apps and Summary

By Dave Duncan | February 27, 2017
Eve Room – Apps Elgato has released a good app to support its Eve line of HomeKit products.   If you have an older iOS device, it will be the HomeKit Front end for your devices. If you are ...
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