Posts in category Appliance Technology

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 a stylish look, enabling it to blend seamlessly into any home. Echo Spot Features Second-generation far-field technology with four microphones makes Alexa better at understanding […]

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 phone, you can see the contents of your fridge from anywhere in the world. Family Hub The Family Hub is actually a connectivity hub that […]

The ‘Star Trek’ Home, Ep ...

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, smart homes often have a hub that consolidates and controls the operations of the diverse smart devices within the home, and enable them to communicate […]

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 central hub that every compatible device communicates with.  Some devices have SmartThings connectivity built in, while other, less ‘smart’ devices can be controlled via SmartThings […]

The ‘Star Trek’ Home, Ep ...

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 of the day, controlling a gadget using voice commands, or remotely from a mobile app. Now… imagine being able to communicate from different rooms within […]

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 in sunlight or shut them for privacy according to different times of the day? Motorized blinds and shades seem to be all the craze in […]

Netatmo – New Presence and Welc...

  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 wireless security camera with a built-in 12W, dimmable floodlight. It can be installed by replacing an existing outdoor light […]

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 it’s just another type of science fiction future that we probably won’t see in our lifetimes (uhm… flying cars, anyone?).  But seriously, there are various […]

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 household.  Then there’s the type that just give you the ability to control them from anywhere and set schedules.     Smart These are the […]