Consumer ‘Smart Home’ Technology Predictions For 2019

POST WRITTEN BY Mark N. Vena The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the premier consumer electronics event, where companies big and small get a chance to showcase their new technologies. It always provides a strong glimpse of where the industry is going, and as such, is a must-attend for analysts like myself. On [...]

14 Predictions For The Future Of Smart Home Technology

POST WRITTEN BY Forbes Technology Council Successful CIOs, CTOs & executives from Forbes Technology Council offer firsthand insights on smart home technology & business. A decade ago, the idea of controlling your home's thermostat, lights and security systems remotely via smartphone would have seemed like futuristic science fiction. But 2017 proved to be the year of the smart home. Technology [...]

11 smart home devices you didn’t know existed

By Francis Navarro, Smart home devices are fundamentally changing the way we live our lives, turning our homes into tech wonderlands. With connected appliances, the dream of controlling every single aspect of our homes with a virtual butler is fast becoming reality. Aside from the usual suspects - smart TVs, smart bulbs, smart speakers, [...]

Apple HomeKit: Everything you need to know

Get to know the software behind Apple's Siri-powered smart home platform. BY MEGAN WOLLERTON JUNE 3, 2018 "Siri, open my bedroom shades."  You might not know it, but you're using Apple HomeKit every time you issue a smart-home-related voice command on your iPhone, HomePod -- or other Siri-compatible device. HomeKit is to Apple what Alexa skills [...]

Everything you need to know about the Amazon Echo

BY RY CRIST MAY 5, 2018 The Amazon Echo is the biggest tech breakout in recent memory -- a voice-activated, internet-connected "smart speaker" with a built-in virtual assistant named Alexa that can answer your questions, follow your instructions and control your smart home devices. As Amazon likes to put it, the Echo is a Star Trek computer [...]

Everything You Need to Know about HomePod as a HomeKit Hub

Jeff Gamet @jgamet · +Jeff Gamet   Apple’s HomePod is more than an intelligent speaker, it’s also a HomeKit hub, just like Apple TV. That means you can use your HomePod as the bridge when you control your HomeKit smart home gear when you aren’t at home. HomePod is a HomeKit hub, just like Apple [...]

9 tips for your new Apple TV

BY TAYLOR MARTIN  DECEMBER 27, 2017 The Apple TV is a seemingly simple device, but there are a lot of hidden features that you need to know. The Apple TV ($197.84 at Sam's Club) may seem like a pretty simple device -- a streamer box that connects to your television and works very similarly to an [...]

Linking all with all

By 2020 over 20 billion devices will connect to the internet and every person on the planet will connect to at least four devices Imagine. You have a rough day at work and arrive home tired. But the moment you reach your smart room, it plays a soothing music based on the biosensors that detect your [...]

Vivint Smart Home has a lot to offer for a fee

by Molly Price reviewed: October 7, 2017 The Good Vivint offers a wide array of products that are all compatible with Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant and controlled via the Vivint app. The Bad If you don't pay for monthly monitoring, most of Vivint's smartest features suddenly won't function. The Bottom Line Vivint is a solid [...]

The smart home is still really dumb

 by Todd Haselton | @robotodd | Thursday, 3 Aug 2017 "Smart Homes" as they're advertised are still really dumb There are too many competing standards and there's a lack of cross-platform support Apple Home is the easiest, but only works with iOS devices Homes are getting smarter, but they're still awfully, awfully dumb.I spent three hours yesterday [...]