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Amazon Echo Spot

Amazon Echo Spot

Echo Spot is basically Amazon Echo with a 2.5-inch screen that serves as a smart alarm clock that is powered by Alexa. The compact, circular design gives the Echo Spot
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Samsung Family Hub Refrigerators

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerators

Samsung has really went all out on their new Family Hub line of smart fridges!  These are the smart refrigerators you keep hearing about that, with an app on your
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The ‘Star Trek’ Home, Ep 2: Wink

The ‘Star Trek’ Home, Ep 2: Wink

In Star Trek, the bridge is a command center in a starship where commanding officers supervise all of the operations of the vessel. Like the bridge is to a starship,
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Samsung SmartThings

Samsung SmartThings

Today, I'd like to introduce you to Samsung SmartThings. What is SmartThings, you ask?  Well, they want to be THE Smart Home 'brains' for the masses.  SmartThings consists of a
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The ‘Star Trek’ Home, Ep 1: Nucleus Anywhere Intercom

The ‘Star Trek’ Home, Ep 1: Nucleus Anywhere Intercom

Lately, advancements in smart home tech have been boiled down to apps, automation and voice recognition, i.e. scheduling a smart gadget to automatically turn on or off at certain times
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MySmartBlinds Automation Kit

MySmartBlinds Automation Kit

Imagine being able to remotely control every blind in every room of your home from just your mobile device. How about being able to automatically tilt your blinds to let
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Netatmo – New Presence and Welcome Cameras

Netatmo – New Presence and Welcome Cameras

  Introduction to Netatmo Security Cameras Netatmo announced at IFA2017 that it will soon integrate Apple HomeKit capability into its Presence and Welcome security cameras. The 'Presence' Camera     The Netatmo Presence is an outdoor
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What makes a Smart Home?

What makes a Smart Home?

We're already over half-way through 2017.  I know you've heard the term 'smart home' by now.  You may have an idea of what it means, or you may just think
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Smart vs Connected Thermostats

Smart vs Connected Thermostats

Most folks don't realize, there's actually two types of 'connected thermostats' available today.  There's the type that have a 'brain' of sorts and can learn how best to handle your
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Smart Appliances

You might have recently heard of something called the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) which is gaining more and more traction each year.  In basic terms, it means using the internet to connect devices we wouldn’t normally think of as needing an internet connection.  But today there are refrigerators, coffee makers, stoves, ovens, microwaves, vacuums, even mowers that connect to our home network and then can interface with us via apps we install on our smartphones or through a website.

Imagine these scenarios:

A fridge that can automatically make your grocery shopping list FOR you, and that can remind you that you’re out of milk on your way home!

A coffee maker that is sitting at home, waiting to make coffee for you… and you’ve just found out you have to pull an all-niter once you get home.  So you pull out your smartphone, open your ‘coffee’ app and instruct it to have a hot pot of coffee ready and waiting for you when you walk through the door!

The possibilities are getting broader and all sorts of tasks we thought were impossible just a few years ago are now fully within reach!

  • Refrigerators
  • Heating/Cooling systems
  • Coffee Makers
  • Robotic Vacuums (and even lawn mowers!)
  • Lighting Systems

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