Neurio Home Intelligence is a technology that helps you understand your energy usage and automate your home appliances. It's like a Belkin WeMo Insight Switch for your entire home. It started as a university project, and led to the creation of Vancouver-based startup Energy Aware Technology Inc. Then the team took their concept to Kickstarter, launching a campaign on October 16. The funding period doesn't end until November 15, but backers have already pledged well over its original $95,000 (CAD) goal. So, with over $125,000 pledged thus far, I don't think we've heard the … Read more
As with a lock or a home security system, it's easy to imagine adding intelligence to your garage door opener.
The market is also surprisingly populated. Craftsman and LiftMaster both have smartphone-based control systems for certain models. Arguably more interesting is the suddenly crowded field of add-on controllers.
I recently had a chance to check out one such controller, the $149 Garageio, from Alottazs Labs (a reference to CEO Zak Dziczkowski's surname) in Columbus, Ohio. Similar to other smart openers, Garageio connects to your existing garage door opener and lets you open and shut up to three separate … Read more
If you read my recent review of the new Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt, then you know that I was impressed with this new smart lock.
According to some of the comments, I shouldn't have been:...the lock itself is so weak that a 10 year old kid can slam a screwdriver in it and force the cylinder to turn and unlock and be in your house in a matter of seconds... Any thief with a "bump" key will open this 200+ dollar lock in 5 seconds... Kwikset locks can be easily unlocked with a blank and a … Read more
The appliances have listened. Or, more specifically, the makers of appliances have listened. Not willing to see the nascent smart-home appliance industry get bogged down in differing sets of details, four firms have decided to focus on their similarities. ABB, Bosch, Cisco, and LG intend to develop an open architecture for data exchange. In other words, smart appliances will learn to play nice.
The companies have created a consortium dedicating to achieving this goal and have signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect. What comes next is anybody's guess, but that's kind of the point. By creating … Read more
Glow Home Screen Designer includes a number of options to customize the home screen of your iOS device, including new backgrounds, glowing shelves, and app outlines. While the design is a bit dated with the advent of iOS 7, the effects still look good and the app allows you to customize in a number of ways.
If you are interested in customizing your home screen, there are quite a few apps that will allow you to do so -- be sure you pick one that fits your desired style. Glow Home Screen Designer has a decidedly bright and glowing look … Read more
Facebook is giving people on Android a much wider view of the social-networking universe -- that is if they're willing to give Home a second look.
Thursday, the company released an update to Facebook for Android that adds Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram content to the Facebook Home lock screen. The social additions were first doled out earlier this month to members using the beta version of the company's application.
Facebook Home, the software suite that initially came bundled in one unwelcome package, is now offered in bits and pieces. One part, the lock screen, also known as … Read more
AMSTERDAM -- Electrical wires hardly have the glamor of 4G mobile networks or invisibly small microchip transistors. But Qualcomm hopes a faster new version of technology called HomePlug will breathe new high-tech life into homes' old wiring.
Qualcomm's Atheros division makes processors that let devices such as set-top boxes and wireless network range extenders communicate over power lines using HomePlug. A new chip, the QCA7500 announced here this week at the Broadband World Forum, can take advantage of a HomePlug AV2 feature called MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) to boost data-transfer speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.
The HomePlug … Read more
A few months ago, Matt Moskovciak and Steve Guttenberg reviewed the Monoprice 9774, finding them to be incredibly similar to the Energy Take Classic. Too similar.
Keys. Who needs 'em?
Not the Kwikset Kevo, that's for sure. With the Kevo (licensed out from UniKey), you'll be able to unlock your deadbolt just by tapping on it, thanks to the built-in Bluetooth 4.0 capable of detecting the smartphone in your pocket. Don't have a smartphone? Don't worry about it -- the Kevo comes with a handy keychain fob that'll let you tap your way inside, too. You can even use the free Kevo app to send friends and loved ones "eKeys" to let them in when you're not … Read more
Installing a home security system used to mean spending hundreds of dollars to have professionals come and hardwire your house, then paying huge fees month after month in order to keep the thing running. Systems weren't flexible, false alarms were frequent, and if you were a lowly renter, you were out of luck entirely -- despite the fact that rental units get burglarized more often than any other kind of property.
Times are changing, though, and a smart new wave of home security systems is changing the way we think about protecting our homes. These new systems are built … Read more