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

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 ...

7 Smart Home Products That Attract Home Buyers

By Ryan Tollefsen | August 11, 2017
It is a fact that home automation technology is here to stay. In fact, many segments of the home buying population – such as millennials – expect their home to have such products in place. This ...

Lutron Caseta Wireless Extender – Outdoor Lighting Automation Demo Video

By Nikki Kahl | August 8, 2017
Looking for high-end smart gear? Lutron offers three sophisticated systems for the smart home and commercial installations. The first of which is HomeWorks, their highest end, the more affordable ...

Echobox Finder X1 Titanium Earphone Review

By Nikki Kahl | August 2, 2017
Meet the Echobox Finder X1 Titanium Earphones. These in-ear monitors produce some quality sound, worthy of true audiophiles and music-lovers alike. Initially, I preferred my Apple earbuds to the ...

SkyBell HD Video Doorbell Review – A Full HD Smart Doorbell

By Dave Duncan | July 30, 2017
The SkyBell HD is a great piece of home security tech that allows you to always know who is at your door. Equipped with a motion sensor and an HD camera, the SkyBell HD will keep a look out ...

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 ...
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