Home Automation

The Flic Twist home automation gadget has been revealed

NEWS – Five years ago I reviewed the Flic wireless smart buttons. These small buttons allowed for all kinds of interesting home automation funnery (I just made up that word – you’re welcome). I used one of mine to record the time I stopped eating at night so that I could figure out how long …

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Switchbot Motion Sensor and Contact Switch review – add triggering options to your home automation

REVIEW – Home Automation is fun! I previously reviewed SwitchBot’s curtain robot system and liked it very much. Now SwitchBot has released motion sensors and contact switches to enhance their already impressive lineup of home automation fun! What is it? The SwitchBot Motion Sensor is a battery-operated, motion and light sensor that pairs with software …

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Chamberlain Secure View Garage Door Opener with Smart Camera review

REVIEW – When I purchased my new home, one of the “must-have” upgrades on my list was a garage door opener. I knew that I would be frequently accessing my garage for numerous reasons and manually opening and closing the door each time would be a pain. My idea for a garage door opener did …

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Coming soon to a field near you: Autonomous tractors!

  NEWS – We already have autonomous vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers.  Autonomous cars are in the works.  I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that a company is planning to release an autonomous tractor later this year.  The Ztractor will come in three sizes and work with a variety of implements and vegetables.  It …

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SwitchBot Curtain system review – Make any curtain remote controlled

REVIEW – Did you ever have the feeling you were being watched? I get that feeling occasionally, living in a raised ranch home with a large front window facing a street with frequent pedestrians. If you suspect your neighbors are watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island with you, the SwitchBot Curtain is for you! What is …

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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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