Home Automation

Airthereal Leak Detector review

REVIEW – Fun fact about me:  back in the early 2000’s I had two insurance claims for over $100,000 that left me homeless for over a year.  Both resulted from water damage. One case wasn’t particularly preventable, but the other one was. The water line to the icemaker came undone, and every time my freezer thought …

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The SwitchBot Smart Switch Button Pusher is an easy way transform your dumb lights and appliances

NEWS – Turning your home into one that is smart can be daunting and expensive. The SwitchBot Smart Switch Button Pusher is an inexpensive way to transform your existing lights and appliances. It is universal and works well with just about any rocker switch and button of any home appliance. SwitchBot easily installs next to …

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SwitchBot Curtain Robot Version 2 review – A great product made even better!

REVIEW – I reviewed SwitchBot’s previous model Curtain Robot version about a year ago here and have been using them every day since. I love them and jumped at the chance to see what’s new. How will they stack up? Let’s have a look! What is it? “SwitchBot Curtain Rod 2” is a motorized robot …

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SwitchBot Mini Plug review – Home automation plug pizazz at a pretty price!

REVIEW – Just a short time ago, home automation was a relatively big-dollar, time-consuming pursuit. Now SwitchBot has joined the race. At $10.19 from Amazon, adding these handy devices to control your home’s gadgetry is virtually a no-brainer! What is it? The SwitchBot Plug Mini is an app-controlled 120-volt device that turns switches an electrical …

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yeedi Vac 2 Pro Robotic Vacuum with Self-Empty Docking Station review – so many new features

REVIEW – Robotic vacuum cleaners are one of those gadgets that you don’t realize how useful they are until you’ve had one for a while.  I live in a single-story house, and I have been using yeedi’s k700 for the last two years.  I really like this little robot, who I named Mopi when I …

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SwitchBot Thermometer and Hygrometer Plus review – Easy, capable, and economical, oh my!

              REVIEW – I’ve reviewed several SwitchBot products and have grown to appreciate them for their simplicity, utility, and budget-friendliness.  With a larger display, the new SwitchBot Temperature and Hygrometer Plus makes monitoring and adding automation triggers based on your home’s environment simple, cost-effective, and fun. What is it? The SwitchBot Thermometer and Hygrometer Plus …

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Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra robot vacuum review – This robot vac really does it all!

REVIEW – I have been reviewing Roborock robot vacuums for several years now and have liked them so much that I have been using them on the two main floors of my house. I have the Roborock S5 Max in the basement and the Roborock S7 Max with the mopping feature on the main floor …

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Roborock’s latest robot vacuum does EVERYTHING!

NEWS – Roborock robot vacuums are one of my favorite home automation gadgets that I use multiple times a week. I currently have two Roborock robot vacuums and I want another one because my home has three floors. On my main floor, I have the Roborock S7 robot vac with the self-emptying dock and it’s …

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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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