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Smart Home

Philips Hue new lights, outdoors

Philips is going all-in on new Hue light fixtures

August 12th, 2018

The Philips Hue range of smart light bulbs are the benchmark for lights that you can control with your phone, largely because of the variety of bulbs the company offers. Want an expensive color-chaging bulb for that weird fixture in your bathroom? Sure! Replace all your ceiling lights with colorful options? That’ll be $600, but …

Sigma Designs smart home chip

Meet the new smart home chip with a ridiculous 10-year battery life

January 8th, 2018

While the future of our homes is inevitably “smart” — smartphones, smart TVs, smart appliances, smart wearables — the phrase “smart home” is still something of a misnomer. But this week, SoC semiconductor designer Sigma Designs revealed a new chip that could open the door to the smart home we’ve all been imagining. Sigma’s new …

Best Smart Home products 2017

The best smart home gadgets for apartment dwellers

December 10th, 2017

2017 has seen plenty of trends, but one that seems to actually be sticking is the smart home. I’m not talking about Wi-Fi-connected kettles or Bluetooth water bottles; those are dumb, but believe it or not, there’s a handful of smart home devices that are actually good. Unfortunately for avocado-eating millenials, the bulk of smart …

Best Motorized Shades 2017

Somfy’s motorized shades are the best we have found

September 20th, 2017

Blinds and shades are often overlooked as the crucial interior decor they are. They are designed to frame the window, and if done properly, can bring a new energy to any room. On the other hand, anyone who’s experienced the “joy” of wrestling entangled cords in a attempt to get the blinds to stay in …

abode security review

Abode is a smart home security system that finally makes sense

August 25th, 2017

It wasn’t that long ago that outfitting your home with a security system required an appointment with some fancy monitoring company, a likely pricey estimate, and then lots of drilling, wire-running, and testing. Today, thanks to the exploding popularity of smart home devices, you can order a security system in a box, slap some sensors …

ikea smart bulbs

Ikea is now a smart home company, and the end times are near

March 28th, 2017

Never one to let an opportunity to slap a hard-to-pronounce name on a new line of products pass it by, Ikea has decided it’s time for it to jump head first into the smart home market. The company just launched a new line of connected lighting accessories that it calls Trådfri, which is apparently Swedish for …