• ecobee3 'lite' Offers Same Smart Thermostat Features for $169 Price

    ecobee3 'lite' Offers Same Smart Thermostat Features for $169 Price

    In 2016, everyone wants to have a smart home, and one of the first places to start is with your thermostat.A smart thermostat can lead to savings on your electric bill, and who would argue with that?
  • Philips Smart Lights Hacked Using a Drone

    Philips Smart Lights Hacked Using a Drone

    As the New York Times reports, Researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science and Dalhousie University in Canada recently uncovered a flaw in a wireless technology often used in smart home devices, including Philips Hue smart light bulbs.The new risk stems from radio protocol ZigBee, a wireless communications standard widely used in home consumer devices—especially smart light bulbs.
  • Google Home Earns Top Marks for DIY Repairs

    Google Home Earns Top Marks for DIY Repairs

    Unveiled during May's I/O developer conference, Google Home streams video and audio between Cast-enabled gadgets, letting you play music, search the Web, or control smart home devices.05-pound Google Home comes in white, with magnetic, swappable bases available in different colors and materials.
  • Get Smart With Stacey: Which Home Hub Should You Buy?

    Get Smart With Stacey: Which Home Hub Should You Buy?

    The smart home is gaining ground, but it's still a muddle of confusing standards, competing platforms, and gadgets that don't do what you might expect.If you have smart home questions you'd like me to answer, send an email to [email protected]
  • Amazon, Intel Partner to Advance Smart Home Tech

    Amazon, Intel Partner to Advance Smart Home Tech

    From Amazon Echo and the Nest Learning Thermostat to Philips Hue light bulbs and the August Smart Lock, there are already loads of gadgets on the market that can make your home a little smarter.Now, two tech giants — Amazon and Intel — are coming together to "advance the Smart Home ecosystem and extend natural language capabilities to consumers everywhere.
  • Rise and Shine With Slide Smart Curtain System

    Rise and Shine With Slide Smart Curtain System

    Simply attach Slide to your curtain rail or rod, sync it with your smartphone, and open and close your shades from afar.The company launched a Kickstarter campaign for Slide this week, and has already topped its €40,000 goal.
  • The Manual’s Best of CES: Part 1 -

    The Manual’s Best of CES: Part 1 -

    From next-generation TVs to smart glasses, 3D-printed food, and self-driving cars, manufacturers proved that devices can be more than just fun — they can improve life through smart design.Google’s butt-ugly Glass have given smart glasses a bad reputation, but thankfully, others can learn (and capitalize) from Google’s mistake.
  • Home Automation 101: Do It Right With Sage

    Home Automation 101: Do It Right With Sage

    It’s never been easier to turn your home into a fully automated, smart home.Join us as our own Holly Resnick shows just how easy it is as we watch her install the SAGE security kit with just a drill, pencil and screwdriver.
  • Guide to a Smart Home Starter Kit

    Guide to a Smart Home Starter Kit

    The benefits offered by a smart home sometimes seem like the luxurious domain of those who can afford to live on the boundary of science fiction.But the reality is that smart home technology has been around for enough time that it’s no longer out of reach for most, and can be built in to even a starter home or apartment.
  • Control Your Smart Home Gadgets With Pint-Sized WeMo Mini

    Control Your Smart Home Gadgets With Pint-Sized WeMo Mini

    Belkin's WeMo brand today announced two new smart home products: a Mini Smart Plug and a Dimmer Light Switch.The $35 Mini (above) is a smart plug that connects dumb everyday household items to the WeMo app so you can control them from your phone or through voice commands.
  • Lenovo Reveals Echo-Like 'Smart Assistant' Gadget

    Lenovo Reveals Echo-Like 'Smart Assistant' Gadget

    LAS VEGAS—Lenovo is jumping into the smart home market here with an Amazon Echo-like speaker known as the Smart Assistant.The gadget actually taps into the Amazon Alexa voice service, and is like "having your own digital assistant at home," Lenovo says, tipping options like checking traffic, ordering things from Amazon, and listening to music.
  • The Smartest Connected Home Products of CES 2017

    The Smartest Connected Home Products of CES 2017

    But a smart home isn't really a smart home without your fair share of intelligent, and sometimes wacky, appliances, gadgets, and even mattresses.And let's not forget cool gadgets for our furry friends.
  • Google Allo Introduces 'Lucky' GIF Finder

    Google Allo Introduces 'Lucky' GIF Finder

    Type "@lucky" into the smart messaging program to summon the feature—Allo's second automated service after Google Assistant.com's "I'm Feeling Lucky" search button has reached only a select few users, according to 9to5Google, which published screenshots of Lucky's stuck-out-tongue-emoji-like icon and smart replies.
  • Get Smart With Stacey: Geo-Fencing Your Garage Door

    If you have smart home questions you'd like me to answer, send an email to [email protected] recently just switched from a SmartThings Hub, which I like as a strong second hub to the Wink Hub 2.
  • Belkin Wemo Mini Smart Plug

    The newest addition to Belkin's family of smart home devices, the Wemo Mini Smart Plug ($34.4 inches (HWD), the Mini Smart Plug isn't all that mini.
  • Smart homes powered by SMS rather than voice could be the real future

    Smart homes powered by SMS rather than voice could be the real future

    Although voice interaction is the technology de jour for many early adopters around the world, SMS text messages may turn out to be the preferred method of telling your smart kettle what to do.As well as being less intrusive, texting makes the interaction hardware agnostic — letting anything become part of your smart and connected home.
  • Save your precious thumbs with Gmail Smart Replies, now on iOS and Android

    Save your precious thumbs with Gmail Smart Replies, now on iOS and Android

    At last, it is finally making its way to Gmail on Android and iOS.Tapping on an option places your cursor at the end of the sentence, so you can further elaborate if necessary.
  • First, Huawei wants AI to help you. Then it wants AI to be you.

    First, Huawei wants AI to help you. Then it wants AI to be you.

    “‘Enable me’ typically means the control system and our voice are used to enhance the user experience,” Biao said.“In ‘Know me,’ artificial intelligence comes into the equation, to proactively know the requirements of users.
  • Orbit B-Hyve 12-Station Smart WiFi Sprinkler Timer

    Orbit B-Hyve 12-Station Smart WiFi Sprinkler Timer

    Its first connected controller, the B-Hyve 12-Station Smart WiFi Sprinkler Timer ($119.99), lets you program your sprinkler system from anywhere using your smartphone, and offers a Smart Watering feature that keeps tabs on the weather, among other factors, to determine the best watering schedule.