Home Automation

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

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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!

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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

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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!

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              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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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  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

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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

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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

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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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