Smart lighting may seem frivolous (and it totally is), but once you use it for a while, you start to see the benefit. An inexpensive way to try it out is with a smart light switch, and right now, Wemo's Wi-Fi-enabled switch is just $27.99 on Amazon, $22 off its normal $49.99 price. Read More
Hue lights can be pricey, but buying refurbished is a good way to save some cash, especially when additional discounts are available. And wouldn't you know it, additional discounts are available today! Amazon has a number of Hue bulbs and package deals on sale for up to 38 percent off. Read More
Controlling smart home devices by voice can feel almost like magic. If you've got a Google Home and compatible connected lights, all you have to do is ask, and bam, illumination. Up until recently, any command involving smart lights translated to "do this to every light in the house;" not particularly intuitive. But lately, such commands have started applying to only the lights in the room you're currently in. Read More
IFTTT (if this, then that) is an expansive, free automation platform that helps users connect apps, services, and devices. The possibilities are aplenty, and now there are 10 new channels open for use. Most are related to controlling and setting triggers for smart lighting, security, and energy systems at home. Read More
According to recent reports, those of you with Philips Hue bulbs equipped at home may be running into a few problems today. The company has acknowledged an outage related to remote connectivity, including out of home and voice controls. Local controls are unaffected. Read More
Philips announced an update to its Hue smart lights app at this year's CES and ever since, users have been patiently waiting for the new version to drop and bring all the promised improvements. That day is finally here as v3.0 of the Hue app is rolling to users on the Play Store. Read More
IFTTT continues to expand the realm of automation possibilities at its users' disposal. Over the past month or so, nine new channels have been added to the connect-everything service. Most of them will make your home smarter (or more pleasing to your olfactory receptors), while one connects a number of services to the Ethereum blockchain. Read More
Wink is a well-known name when it comes to the smart home space, and in a blog post today the company announced support for a bunch of new products. It supports five new lighting solutions, seven new security products/sensors, and three motorized window solutions (fancy words for automated window blinds). Connecting all your smart home devices into one seamless solution has never been easier. Read More
When it comes to smart lights, I prefer the LiFX approach to the Hue approach: no hub dangling off my router and simple Wi-Fi connectivity win me over every time. LiFX also makes it very simple to pick lights for different regions depending on voltage and Edison screw, which you'd think would be an easy choice for other companies to offer. And now it looks like you'll have more than the voltage/screw to choose from as LiFX is making its new range of Mini bulbs available for pre-order.
The Mini bulbs are smaller A19 bulbs that should fit better in compact bedside or tabletop lamps. Read More
I bought an apartment in October. You can imagine the joy at the thought that it'd be my future family's home, terror at the sight of the mortgage value on the signed contract, and all the excitement about getting to set up a house from scratch. I could pick everything that I loved from design to materials to colors to organization, and yes, also automation.
I wanted lights that turn on when the doors open, A/C units that cool the place when I'm coming home and the outside heat is too much to bear, cameras that catch intruders the moment they are detected, a washing machine that notifies me when the load is done, colored lights that coordinate with whatever I'm watching on TV, blinds that open and close with the sunset and sunrise, and much more. Read More