Home Automation

  • Make Your Smart House Actually Smart with Sevenhugs

    SevenHugs Smart Remote Controls Devices By Just Pointing

    Point and control. That’s the basis of the SevenHugs Smart Remote. Instead of selecting, say, a connected light bulb on a menu in the remote, a user simply points the remote at the light to control it. Want to control a Sonos speaker? Point the remote at the speakers and the remote knows to control the device. Read More

  • The State Of Hardware For 2015 Crunch Network

    The State Of Hardware For 2015

    Startups are re-imagining daily objects and inventing new devices. Supported by maker spaces incubators and accelerators, a fraction of this explosion of startups moves on to later stage financing. Investment in IOT startups is likely to hit a record height of $2B this year according to CBInsights. Read More

  • The Sonos Play:5 Is A Compact, Wireless Music Machine That Sounds Great

    The Sonos Play:5 Is A Compact, Wireless Music Machine That Sounds Great

    Sonos has long been my favorite speaker company. While the sound quality is fair to good – I’ve heard better and I’ve heard far worse – the ease of use, the simplicity of setup, and the access to millions of pieces of streamed content far outweighed any grumbling I had about not hearing the highest highs and lowest lows. Thankfully, with the new Play:5 speakers, even… Read More

  • Parrot Enables Autonomous Flight For The Bebop Drone

    Parrot Enables Autonomous Flight For The Bebop Drone

    The Parrot Bebop can now fly by itself. After purchasing Flight Mode, Bebop owners can tap out waypoints and sit back while the drone flys autonomously. The ability is enabled by purchasing the in-app upgrade called Flight Plan. It costs $20. It takes just a few presses on the mobile app to set the trajectory and flight height. It’s a drag and drop affair. Users can even tell the drone… Read More

  • SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit Launches In Amazon, Best Buy And Sears

    SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit Launches In Amazon, Best Buy And Sears

    New home automation system SmartThings home monitoring kit is now available from Amazon, Best Buy and Sears. The home monitoring kit’s hub and sensors were previously available to purchase individually on the SmartThings website. The whole kit is now available at the aforementioned retailers nationwide, starting today. SmartThings sensors hook into a main hub and are designed to tell… Read More

  • August Debuts Three Products And Its Partner Platform ‘August Access’

    August Debuts Three Products And Its Partner Platform ‘August Access’

    Unlocking your door might not sound exciting, but once you’ve seen an August Smart Lock in action, you’ll change your mind. The company behind it, August, is doubling down on the connected home with a handful of new products and a partnership program that opens the door to new uses of their devices. Read More

  • Sonos Announces A New Speaker To Embiggen Your Audio

    Sonos Announces A New Speaker To Embiggen Your Audio

    Sonos has just announced the PLAY:5, a new speaker to replace the similarly-sized PLAY line. The new speaker is designed as a successor to the PLAY:5 speaker. Sonos, you’ll recall, offers a stereo system that allows you to set and forget wireless speakers around the house and even set up a surround-sound system wirelessly. The 14-pound speaker has a touch-sensitive surface and… Read More

  • Smart Homes Need Smart Communities Crunch Network

    Smart Homes Need Smart Communities

    Home automation may not be described as life-altering just yet, but it is pretty cool to be able to control your lights from a smartphone app, change your music automatically as you walk into a room and enjoy a comfortable temperature without lifting a finger. Your home can customize itself to your habits, and save you money in the process. That’s all great, but does it really make the… Read More

  • The New Roomba 980 Can Now Watch Your Dirt

    The New Roomba 980 Can Now Watch Your Dirt

    It knows when you’ve been sleeping, it knows when you’re awake, it knows when your kids spilled Rice Krispies next to the couch and covered the spill with the dog. The new Roomba 980 is a round robotic vacuum with a new twist. While previous models got around by bumping into things and coming to the edge of stairs, the new 980 uses a low-res video camera to “map”… Read More