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

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 – Review Summary

By Dave Duncan | March 2, 2017
iDevices delivers a great switch for Apple HomeKit that fits in any outlet.  Equipped with the capability to monitor the energy draw of what is plugged into it and a night light.  The iDevices ...

iDevices Switch – Features, Functionality

By Dave Duncan | March 2, 2017
iDevices switch offers more than just the on and off functionality you would expect.  It has a built in energy monitor and night light. As I reviewed the iDevices switch, I was impressed over and ...

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 really ...

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 ...

Eve Room – The Sensors and Data

By Dave Duncan | February 27, 2017
Eve Room sets itself apart by monitoring air quality. The ability to detect VOC’s is what sets it apart from other sensors on the market. What are VOC’s?  It stands for volatile ...

Eve Room – Air Quality Indoor Sensor – Review

By Dave Duncan | February 27, 2017
Eve Room delivers up to the minute air quality, temperature and humidity readings. Providing you with important information about the home around you. We spend many waking hours monitoring the ...

Ooma Home Monitoring System – DIY Smart Home 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 Attachable Camera

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 Design

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 For All Ages

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 – Always Know If You Really Did Shut Your Garage Door

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 – A Camera For Your Nursery

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 Apple Siri For Voice Lighting Control

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 Tackles Threat Of Mirai Botnet Attacks

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 – Affordable Smart Lighting

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 – An Affordable Alternative to iRobot Vacuum

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 Degrees of HD Smart Home 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 – The Smart Temperature Controlled Coffee Mug

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 – Integrated Smart Home System

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 ...
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