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

Google Home Routines Replace the My Day Settings

By Nikki Kahl | May 3, 2018
Google Home is a smart personal assistant hub that gets more capable by the day, with more improvements being seen as time goes on. One such improvement is the addition of Routines, which ...

Google Home Deals in the US and Canada Until May 5, 2018

By Nikki Kahl | April 27, 2018
Google Home, one of the top personal assistant devices on the market, is seeing some sweet discounts in the United States and Canada. Google is pushing their Google Home Mini, an extender device ...

Apple Watch 1 Now $149 at Walmart

By Nikki Kahl | April 25, 2018
Apple users rejoice! The original Apple Watch, once $349 for the 38mm version, $399 for the 42mm, you can now get this piece of tech for just $149 at Walmart. This limited time offer gives a 40% ...

Alexa: Mother’s Little Helper – 5 Alexa Skills for New Parents

By Nikki Kahl | April 23, 2018
Parenting is one of the most rewarding things one can do in their life, and one of the most challenging as well. Alexa, one of the top personal assistants around, is here to help! With Skills ...

August Doorbell Cam Pro – Smart Home and Summary Review

By Dave Duncan | March 23, 2018
The August Doorbell Cam Pro is a great doorbell. The performance from detection or button push to buzzing my phone is fantastic. The team over at August also has a great app to compliment their ...

August Video Doorbell Cam Pro – Keeping your porch safe – The Review

By Dave Duncan | March 23, 2018
Securing your home, staying aware of who is on your porch and monitoring any suspicious activity is what August Doorbell Cam Pro delivers.  Equipped with HD Video, a color night mode, motion ...

LG Cloi Service Robots – Revolutionizing or Destroying the Service Industry?

By TJ Farah | March 8, 2018
It seems like everyone is making robots these days. Recently, the world was up in arms about the new door-opening dog robots from Boston Dynamics, while others are concerned about tiny, magnetic ...

Apple HomePod Siri Enabled Smart Speaker – A Smart Buy?

By Nikki Kahl | February 7, 2018
With the delivery date of the Apple HomePod fast approaching, Siri users are eager for Apple’s addition to the smart personal assistant game. The long-awaited HomePod has been available for ...

Disney’s Circle Go Makes Parenting On The Web Easier Than Ever

By TJ Farah | February 6, 2018
Last week, about 100 health experts from more than a dozen organizations sent a letter to Facebook, urging the Silicon Valley titan to discontinue their Messenger Kids app, claiming “younger ...

Elgato Eve Energy – Home Automation for Renters

By Nikki Kahl | February 5, 2018
We’ve all been there. A cool new product comes out, like a smart thermostat or video doorbell. We research, read reviews, and find out… there’s installation involved. Wiring to be done. For ...

Aeolus Robotics In-Home Robot: The Dream Made Real

By TJ Farah | January 26, 2018
Long before the word “robot” was first invented in 1920, humans have dreamt of humanoid machines that not only obey our every whim, but are also our close companions and friends. Still, this idea ...

Apple HomePod Pre-Order Available Now!

By Nikki Kahl | January 26, 2018
It’s the moment all Apple-lovers have been waiting for – the Apple HomePod has become available for pre-order! The HomePod is Apple’s answer to the Amazon Echo and Alexa-enabled line, and to ...

August Doorbell Cam Pro- Install, Mounting and the app – Review

By Dave Duncan | January 21, 2018
The Setup- August Doorbell Cam Pro Setup of the August Doorbell Cam Pro was straight forward. I did have the benefit of reviewing its predecessor.  The August Doorbell Cam Pro looks similar but ...

Remo+ Smart Doorbell Line Offers Simple Home Protection

By TJ Farah | January 19, 2018
A new term that’s been introduced to our cultural lexicon is “porch pirate,” or someone who steals Amazon packages from your doorstep. But you no longer have to worry about parcel theft or ...

Smarter Home Automation Will Be Live at CES – What to Expect

By Nikki Kahl | January 6, 2018
The annual CES trade show is upon us! Every year in Las Vegas, Nevada, thousands of consumer electronics companies convene in one of the largest conventions of the year to exhibit their products. ...

Nanoleaf Aurora – Smart Home Color Changing Lighting System – a.k.a. Wall Art

By Art Feierman | December 25, 2017
I’ve been excited about the Aurora by Nanoleaf since I first saw a demo and shot a video at CES in 2016 – that’s about 23 months ago. Since then we’ve posted some updates, such as when they ...

August Video Doorbell Smart Home Review

By Dave Duncan | October 30, 2017
See and speak with visitors at the door from anywhere using your smartphone. The August Doorbell Cam allows you to quickly connect and receive a clear view of visitors on your doorstep.  ...

Ring Video Doorbell – Summary!

By Dave Duncan | October 2, 2017
Ring Video Doorbell brings a lot to your front porch. The ability to answer your doorbell from anywhere as well as get notified when motion is detected. Equipped with a 720p camera, there is ...

Ring Video Doorbell – Ring Mobile Application

By Dave Duncan | October 2, 2017
The Ring mobile app is your gateway to answering your Ring Video Doorbell from anywhere in the world.  You will be able to see and hear whomever may be at your door. The Ring app is also where ...

7 Compatible Smart Products That Simplify Your Life

By Nikki Kahl | September 27, 2017
Life can get complicated. Your home doesn’t have to be. With smart products in every category, you can automate your life and your home. Products that work for you so that you don’t have to think ...

Ring Video Doorbell – Home Automation

By Dave Duncan | September 24, 2017
The Ring Video Doorbell is a great product to help make your home smarter.  The team at Ring has done a good job at adding support for key partners.  You will find support for Amazon Echo, ...

MantleMount MM850 Automated TV Mount Makes Watching TV A Comfortable Affair

By Nikki Kahl | September 15, 2017
Kinked necks and sore shoulder muscles are a thing of the past with MantleMount’s MM850, their first automated TV mount. So many have fallen victim to ill placement of a TV due to space ...

Savant TrueImage Adds a Personal Touch to Home Automation

By Nikki Kahl | September 13, 2017
Savant, a leader in smart technology, unveiled their next generation TrueImage lighting software at CEDIA 2017. Savant Systems serves the luxury and mid-markets, but their product line extends ...

Google Home – Spotify and Deezer Streaming Now Available

By Nikki Kahl | August 21, 2017
Google Home has some exciting new updates for music lovers! Now you can add a Spotify Free account and use your Assistant to play your favorite tunes. This feature will be available in the United ...

Smart Locks for Rentals – August Home Partners with HomeAway

By Nikki Kahl | August 14, 2017
HomeAway, AirBnB, and services like it are quite possibly the most comfortable lodging options for vacationers. These services allow you to choose from a variety of different homes that real ...
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