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Why I love my connected home

A few years back I made the decision to start outfitting my house with some connected devices. I'm a geek at heart (I always have been) so having my humble abode outfitted with electronic gadgets felt like the right thing to do. I took the plunge with a Nexia start kit and installed a keypad door...
The Samsung WW9000 is smarter than your average washing machine

The Samsung WW9000 is smarter than your average washing machine

It's time to ditch your silly old-fashioned washing machine and its silly old-fashioned dials and buttons, because there's a new Samsung washing machine in town. The new Samsung WW9000 washing machine is smart, perhaps even smarter than you when it comes to the whole washing of clothes thing. It...

I'd love to see Google move into home security

In the world of the Internet of Things, the thought of Google entering the home security market put a smile on my face this morning when I read about the possibility of the mobile and search giant acquiring Dropcam. When Google bought Nest, it looked like an obvious long term play on home...

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Philips Hue Tap review

Part of the attraction to the Philips Hue smart lighting system is the total control you get from your smartphone or tablet. It's one of the finest examples of connected home products out there, but what if, sometimes, you didn't want to reach for your smartphone. You just want to turn the lights...
Yves Behar-designed August smart lock finally shipping

Yves Behar-designed August smart lock finally shipping

August announced that it is finally beginning to ship its smart lock. The Yves Behar-designed smart home accessory works with your existing dead bolt and an accompanying app on your phone to allow you to ditch your keys and enter and lock your home by using an app and the Bluetooth connectivity...
Archos has a new weather station, music light, and music hat

Archos launches a connected weather station, light bulbs and beanies that will play your tunes

In addition to today's announcement of new Android phones and tablets and new Windows Phones from Archos, the company is expanding their connected home line with a new home weather station. The spherical pair of devices, due to be announced at IFA 2014 is designed to work with both Android and...
Simplicam offers home security alternative to Dropcam

Simplicam offers home security alternative to Dropcam

A new system called Simplicam by Arcsoft promises to be a strong Dropcam competitor thanks to cheaper cloud storage subscriptions and facial recognition alerts. Simplicam has the same simple plug-and-play set-up and mobile app for movement alerts and live monitoring. Facial recognition just lets...
Eve smart irrigation system integrates with more

Eve smart irrigation system takes to Kickstarter, hooks into SmartThings system

Santa Clara, California based start up Plaid Systems is currently raising money on Kickstarter to finish development of Eve and Adam, a new connected home irrigation system that taps into the SmartThings platform to help water yards and gardens more efficiently. This new product is, on the...

The best smart lights for your home

One of the easiest ways for to jump into the connected home space is with some awesome connected lighting. Smart lights are simply bulbs (and usually a bridge or hub) that replaces your standard light bulbs and offer more functionality — namely being able to control them from your smartphone or...

The top 5 Wi-Fi routers for your connected home

Last week, we brought you our in-depth guide on choosing the right router for your home network. As mentioned in that guide, having a decent router can make all the difference when it comes to making the best out of your connected devices. Though considering the sheer number and variety of...

Revolv adds a slew of new features and support for additional devices

Today Revolv, the all-in-one connected home hub, has added support for a handful of new devices as well as some great new features. Just last week, Android users saw the release of the new Revolv Android app, and today's updates bring all kinds of new goodies to the table. Revolv users are...

Revolv hub gains Nest support and new Android app

Today Revolv, the home automation hub that brings together all of your connected home devices, has picked up Nest support and is also welcoming a new Android app. With the added support, users will now be able to integrate their Nest thermostat with other devices in the home, creating...
Archos Smart Home

Archos Smart Home gets you connected, but you can probably do better

Archos recently released their latest offering in the connected home space, dubbed Smart Home. We first checked out the system back at CES in January, and Archos has recently made the starter kit available in the U.K. The Archos Smart Home system offers smaller, less expensive components than...