There are many ways you could go about filling your home with connected devices. You can pick a standard like ZigBee or Z-Wave and stick to it. You could try looking for anything that mentions SmartThings compatibility on the page. Or you could buy all of your products from a single company. That's the approach LG would like you to take.
Like Samsung, LG has produced fridges, kitchen ranges, washing machines, and dryers with touchscreens and "smart" features. At this year's CES it's introducing a new hub that can help you keep up with those appliances.
Let's face it, the new Nest Cam wasn't probably on your Black Friday radar because the cost of the unit is hardly in its hardware, but in the somewhat needed Nest Aware subscription. If you're willing to put down $100-300 per year on that, a few saved bucks here and there won't make that much of a difference. But since we're thrifty people and we think every dollar counts, we'll tell you about this Nest Cam discount anyway.
Nest's new Cam has been available for a few months with its 1080p video capture and better WiFi signals, but it's not the cheapest connected security cam you can get for your home. If you've been wanting one but the $199 price was a little too hard to digest, you may be happy to know that the Cam has dropped by $25 online.
Both Amazon and Walmart are showing the new Nest Cam at a $175 price (minus a few pennies here and there) and that could be all the persuasion you need to grab one. Or if it was already on your Holiday shopping list, now might be a better time to jump the gun and get one.
Just as expensive universal remotes started to feel outdated, Logitech smartly joined the boom in smart home devices. While your old Logitech Harmony remote handled your cable box, TV, and maybe a couple of other auxiliary media devices, the new stuff goes far beyond entertainment systems. Today, you can jump on the bandwagon at a pretty steep discount as Best Buy offers the white Logitech Harmony Home Control for $80, a discount of $70.
If that sounds like a suspiciously high discount, nothing is afoot. It's $50 below Amazon's price, too. The regular market price on this thing is from $125-$150, so this is a seriously good deal.
Smart home technology is great. The Nest Learning Thermostat, Phillips Hue, and Sonos sound systems are wonderful products that make life more convenient, automated, and beautiful. These technologies are great, but many components in a smart home are controlled by applications from a smart phone or tablet. Having to pull your phone out of your pocket and unlock it every time you want to turn off the lights while watching a movie can be a little annoying.
Fortunately, the Logitech Harmony Home Control makes running a smart home a little easier. The remote works great for controlling your media center, but it also can be programmed to control many different home automation devices.
You know what's better than a robot that looks like a thick frisbee and slides around your house? It's the one that cleans where it walks without hitting walls and furniture on its way, so that you can come home to less dirty floors as if a magical fairy passed by and did her deed. But what if you can have an even better version? Yes, better, because not only it's a robot, it's also WiFi-connected to an app on your smartphone, so you can control it from afar. That's the new iRobot Roomba 980.
iRobot knows its vacuums. This isn't the first Roomba it releases, so it has been learning from past products, improving and perfecting them.
Did you see that white box floating across the Atlantic ocean? That was a SmartThings Hub. You can now purchase one in the UK and Ireland.
Okay, maybe that's not entirely what crossing the pond means, but the end result is the same. Actually, it's better, because you won't have to leave your device out to dry before powering it on. Not to mention the damage salt water can do to electronics.
It's always fun to have the latest and greatest version of the gadgets we love, but sometimes the previous generation is nearly as good and a better overall value. Such may be the case with the new Nest Learning Thermostat.
The 3rd generation of the popular temperature controller was announced yesterday and boasts a few minor improvements over the now "old" 2nd generation Nest. The display is larger, it's a bit thinner, and sports a couple of new features and sensors. If you want to read the full breakdown of changes you can read Cameron's article about the product announcement here.
This is pretty cool, and here's why. If you have your hub controlling a bunch of other devices, you can now use Amazon's device to boss them around. Alexa, turn on the television. Alexa, turn off the lamp. Alexa, have your way with whatever else is plugged into my SmartThings Power Outlet (okay, maybe this command won't work exactly as written).
Maybe you're seeing this and you're thinking: Gee, maybe I'd like one of these Echo things after all.
SmartThings is a company (owned by Samsung) that connects and manages your smart things. Smart lights. Smart sensors. Smart alarms. Whatever. Connecting them to the SmartThings Hub allows you to control them from your smart phone, even if you're not at home.