Home Automation

Dakboard smart display review – Build a DIY always on wall display

REVIEW – How do you keep track of things that need to be done? Do you use a task or to-do app on your phone or computer? Do you use a physical notebook? I use both of those methods and have just added a third tool to my productivity toolbox – a Dakboard. What is …

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IFTTT goes “Pro” adding multi-triggers and actions – sort of

NEWS – If you’re into home automation, you’re probably familiar with If This Then Then (IFTTT), the multi-platform cloud-based automation tool.  With IFTTT, you can tie together disparate systems and make them work together.  For example, if my Ambient Weather weather station registers rain falling at 0.1″ per hour or greater, it will trigger my …

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Kyvol E31 robot vacuum cleaner and mop review

REVIEW – Robot vacuums compete in a crowded field of models and manufacturers. Each design uniquely combines features, programming, performance and price. I have a Kyvol E31 to review. Launched in June 2020, it’s currently ranked #31 out of the top 77 best selling robot vacuums on Amazon. Read on to see what I think! …

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Orvibo Smart Universal Remote Control Home Automation Hub review – Take control of your devices

REVIEW – If you’re of a certain age, like me, you remember the first TV remote control – it was you. Your parent would tell you to get up and go change the channel to one of the other two that your TV received.  Then, TVs started coming with Infrared (IR) remote controls, giving you …

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Vivint SmartHome security system review

REVIEW – I’ve enjoyed testing and writing about many smart home gadgets, home automation devices, security systems, and dozens of security cameras, over the years. One thing that I’ve always found to be a problem is that each device I’ve continued to use has required its own separate app which means you have to search …

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Leviton Decora Smart Voice Dimmer and 4 Speed Fan Controller switches review

Review In today’s day and age, a lot of people are moving towards smart homes. Starting out can be a daunting task as there are so many options available. The Leviton fan speed controller and the Leviton voice dimmer with Alexa are two great devices to start with as they don’t require a hub and …

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Level Lock transforms your dumb lock into a smart lock

NEWS – The list of Home Automation products is growing, and smart locks are popular amongst them. But most if not all of them require you to replace your existing deadbolt and usually have a touch or keypad. The Level Lock is billed as the world’s first invisible smart lock. It’s designed to install inside …

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Kaiterra Laser Egg+ CO2 Air Quality Monitor review

REVIEW – I’ll be real honest here, air quality in my home wasn’t something I spent a lot of time considering before I got to review the Kaiterra Laser Egg+ CO2. Let’s delve into this device and see how it can make your day to day life a little better. What is it? This is …

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SwitchBot now makes a robot that closes your curtains

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Making your home smarter is awesome. For example, I love my Neato Botvac robot vacuums and my Liftmaster WLED smart garage door opener. But one thing I don’t yet have are smart curtains because they are expensive and I’m a little intimidated to install them myself. And that’s why I’m so interested …

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Eve Extend, Energy, Motion and Door & Window sensors review

REVIEW – At this point, my home is ran in part by us two humans as much as it is with Eve’s products. When the Extend and Energy accessories came up for review, I jumped all over it as I knew they were products that I could easily incorporate into our evolving automated home. To …

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Brilliant Home Control Smart Switch review

REVIEW – How would you like to transform your house or apartment into an easy-to-use smart home without the hassle of setting up hubs, adding wiring, and changing batteries every few months? The Brilliant Smart Home Control panel and its all-in-one mobile app let you turn regular lights into smart lights and integrates with your …

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BodyGuardz goes from smartphones to smart homes with new product line

NEWS – BodyGuardz who has been a popular brand for smartphone screen protection and cases is now expanding its product focus into the smart home device category with security cameras and an emergency hub. Their new Portable 360º Security Camera is a battery-powered camera that features a rechargeable battery and the ability to relocate it …

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Phyn Plus Smart Water Assistant + Shutoff review

REVIEW – A few months ago, my neighbor had a burst washing machine water line, resulting in substantial damage, a huge mess, large expense, and a lot of frustration. It got me thinking that there should be a better way to prevent this from happening. I’m thrilled that the Phyn Plus Smart Assist shutoff should …

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Wyze has added smart plugs to their line of home automation gadgets

NEWS – Wyze has easily become my favorite home automation company by providing quality products at crazy affordable prices. I have been using their Wyze cams for quite a while now and just recently started using their Wyze Sense motion and door sensors. Today they add yet another product to their line of easy to …

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Finally…someone put Alexa into a light switch

NEWS – I admit it I’m a sucker for smart speakers and home products. I like having the ability to control things like my lights and locks, using my voice. I own four Alexa enabled devices, and I use them all the time. Now, iDevices has taken Alexa and put her into the Instinct Smart …

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