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

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 ...

Review – myLink Controller and App for Somfy Motorized Shades

By Nikki Kahl | February 7, 2017
Somfy myLink controls our motorized shades. Somfy isn’t a household name. That’s because they make the motors for many products including motorized shades, curtains, shade screens, and, where I ...

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, ...

Schlage Camelot 619 Smart Lock Review

By Art Feierman | December 28, 2016
The Schlage Camelot 619 is the third Smart Lock that I’ve reviewed.  It is a Z-Wave based lock, which I installed and have been using in our “dream home” – aka our Smart ...

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 ...

Ilumi – The Smartest, Most Talented LED Lightbulb – Review

By Dave Duncan | December 17, 2016
“The Worlds Smartest Light Bulb”, is one lofty tagline. Ilumi’s lights featuring Bluetooth Mesh technology, on board ( yes in the bulb) processing and memory,  deliver on just ...

Amazon Echo Dot, bringing Alexa to every room -Review

By Dave Duncan | November 23, 2016
The all new Alexa powered, Amazon Echo Dot is great option to bring the power of your voice to every room in your home.  The Amazon Echo has been wildly successful.  It is the first free standing ...

Nest-3rd Gen Learning Thermostat Review – Install, Setup, apps and web

By Dave Duncan | October 24, 2016
Lets get into the details shall we?  The Nest Learning Thermostat is full of features.  Before you can take advantage of those features, you have to get it installed.  I chose to do the install ...

Nest-3rd Gen Learning Thermostat Review – Recap and Summary

By Dave Duncan | October 24, 2016
NEST LEARNING THERMOSTAT REVIEW -RECAP The Nest Learning Thermostat is loaded full of features and functionality.  Before I summarize this review, lets recap some highlights. Installation: easy ...

Nest-3rd Gen Learning Thermostat Review – Works with Nest

By Dave Duncan | October 24, 2016
Home  automation is a large playing field.  You can start out with one smart switch. Maybe you purchased it because of some nostalgia for the clapper of the 80’s.  Then you buy some lights ...

Nest-3rd Gen Learning Thermostat Review – Nest Sense and features

By Dave Duncan | October 24, 2016
As I mentioned on the previous page, the smart thermostat market has become a popular place.  You have long standing names like Honeywell. As well as new comers like the Ecobee3. There are many ...

Nest – The Trendsetting Learning Thermostat on its 3rd Gen. – A Review

By Dave Duncan | October 13, 2016
Nest is the trendsetter in the thermostat space.  The original smart thermostat, they are now on their 3rd generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat and still delivering features and ...
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