smart home

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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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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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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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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Awair Glow C air quality monitor and smart plug review

REVIEW – Each day when I walk back and forth to take the railroad to and from work, it seems that there is a new building being constructed in the city. With all of the construction and materials and digging and trucks going back an forth, pollution seems to be at an all-time high. Since …

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Nanoleaf makes smart home control as easy as touching a button

NEWS – Nanoleaf is all about smart home lighting that is both beautiful and functional and now their customizable eco-friendly Nanoleaf Canvas light panel system goes one step further by adding new Touch Actions capability that turns their smart light panels into smart buttons. Integrating with all Apple HomeKit devices, the new FREE upgrade for …

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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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