smart home

Airstream Classic travel trailers are your smart home on wheels

NEWS – Earlier this month, Airstream announced that all of their new Classic travel trailers can be outfitted with Airstream Smart Control Technology.  With a smartphone app, you’ll be able to monitor and control many of the functions of your Classic trailer.  Smart Control adds the following features: Stay connected – to your Classic, to …

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Retrofit your existing downlights with smart Philips Hue kits

I have an old-style downlight in my foyer, and I wanted a smart bulb for it.  I saw a lot of  retrofit kits for recessed lights with the light source and trim kit in one.   But those weren’t what I wanted, because none I found were wirelessly controllable.  I gave up on those kits …

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The new Nest Temperature Sensor helps rid your home of hot and cold spots

My house is probably like most houses out there.  There are some rooms that are hotter than I’d like and some that are colder than I’d like, no matter the season.  Because of the location of the thermostat and the long shape of the condo, our bedrooms tend to be chilly in the winter and …

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Sonoff S31 WiFi socket and Slampher RF bulb adapter review

Turning your home into a smart home is a whole lot easier if you add the home automation tech during the building phase instead of waiting years later to retrofit tech into an existing home. Although that’s great advice, it won’t help you if you want to get into the home automation game with an older …

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Deal: 20% off Samsung SmartThings ends today!

Samsung SmartThings is having a sale until the end of the day, Saturday, July 29. They are offering 20% off the entire inventory at their online store. Head over to https://shop.smartthings.com/sale to take advantage of this offer to enhance your home with ZigBee, Z-wave and Wi-fi automation. The sale items include the SmartThings Lighting Kit, SmartThings …

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Lenovo Smart Assistant releases this May with integrated Amazon Alexa

The Amazon Echo costs $179.99.  Would you like the same functionality (and then some), but save $50?  Of course!  Introducing the Lenovo Smart Assistant, featuring Amazon Alexa.  This will be released by Lenovo in May 2017, at a cost of $129.99.  Don’t want a giant black tower in the middle of your room?  The Lenovo …

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LOFTEK SANSI 10W Wifi LED Light Bulb review

LED technology keeps getting more and more common. As it does, the costs keep going down, and the cycle of innovation and placing them into more and more common items continues. Sansi, through their Loftek brand, has an LED bulb that doesn’t need a hub to be “group-able” and controllable from an app on your …

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