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Konnected Security System Upgrades Your Old Wired Security System [Review]

By | Dec 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

From the beginning of my smart home automation journey in 2004, a personal goal of mine has always been to somehow integrate my aging hardwired alarm system into my smart home system. I’m guessing that Nate Clark of Konnected and I shared that vision,…

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How Notion’s Sensors Simplify Your Smart Home [Review]

By | Nov 7, 2017 at 9:20 am

Launching today, the second generation of the Notion sensor displays with a high degree of flexibility. This flexibility should make it a competitive option when compared to more narrowly focused items, such as dedicated motion sensors or water sensors. These small, round, puck-like sensors…

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How WEMO Powers My Smart Home (After 4 Years of Troubleshooting)

By | Aug 19, 2017 at 8:07 pm

I’ve been using Belkin’s WEMO line of products since 2012, and in that time I’ve developed a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with these things. I envisioned creating a smart home with WEMO’s simple plug and play system but as I’ve outlined previously, it started…


Smart Homes Are the Future of Residential Architecture [Infographic]

By | Apr 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Over the last ten years, the amount of electronic devices on the market has risen at such an astonishing rate that it’s impossible to predict what’s coming next. The reasoning behind this phenom lies in how accustomed society has gotten to what kinds of smart solutions can solve…

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5 Quick Smart Home Updates to Revamp Your House

By | Jun 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Summer sparks the reinvention of a new you. While you are working on your love life and physique, you should also consider working on your home. Smart homes may seem intimidating but here are a few quick summer projects you can do to reinvent…

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5 Hi-Tech Home Automation Products

By | Jun 7, 2016 at 9:08 pm

The Internet of Things appears to be growing at a rapid rate, with many tech analysts speculating a 15-20% growth in the industry this year, with a rollover north of $80 billion by 2022 in the US alone. While different brands boast cool products…


Striking a Healthy Aesthetic Balance With Smart Home Tech

By | Sep 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Much has been written about the smart home technologies of tomorrow, and for those in the tech industry, it is easy to go overboard with the latest and greatest home automation devices. But a very real issue within the world of custom integration is…

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The Future of IoT: Smartifying Your Home

By | Sep 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm

The vastly growing Internet of Things trend is very exciting- there are new devices announced every day that connect to the internet to control something. The world is slowly filling up with connected devices, that ultimately make our lives easier. Connected devices are electronic devices,…

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Smarthome Estimate Offers All-in-One Home Automation

By | Jul 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm

There are so many products on the market now that let you automate your home and control it from your phone. These days you don’t even need to be near your home in order to lock and unlock doors, control your home’s temperature, and customize the lighting….



Switchmate: Making Home Automation Simple [VIDEO]

By | Mar 25, 2015 at 10:00 am

Did you know that the adoption rate for home automation technology is only about 2 percent? Ashish Dua, cofounder of Switchmate, believes that’s because the current options available to users are either too complicated or too inaccessible to the average consumer. Switchmate was built…

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CES 2015 Best iPhone Acessories for the Smart Home

By | Feb 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm

In this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), as usual, a lot of novelty gadgets were presented to the public. Some of them are ready to hit the market, while others are in an experimentation phase. Still, one of the hottest niches in CES 2015 was…



Samsung in Talks to Acquire SmartThings for Home Automation Solutions

By | Jul 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm

TechCrunch reports that Samsung has been in talks to acquire SmartThings, the home automation startup based in Washington, DC. According to sources, the deal is looking to be worth around $200 million. TechCrunch originally reported that the deal was complete, but updated the post saying that…

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6 Fictional Smart Homes That Make the Gates House Look like a Shanty

By | Apr 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm

The days of having to turn off your own lights and adjust your own thermostat are gone. With recent advances in wireless communication technology, home automation companies have made it possible for the modern homeowner to live an entirely post-modern lifestyle, complete with remote-controlled…