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How to Choose the Ideal Smart Gadgets for Your House
Just beginning your smart home journey? A smart speaker is a great place to start. Image: John Tekeridis on Pexels.

How to Choose the Ideal Smart Gadgets for Your House

You’ll be surprised how far technology has come in recent years, and the latest gadgets for the home are slick and super useful. Move over, sandwich toaster, and make way for smarter and more utilitarian devices that are internet connected and can be controlled remotely.…

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Bond Smart Home Bridge Review
Bond Bridge can integrate up to 6 remote-controlled fans with your connected home. Image: Digitized House.

Bond Smart Home Bridge Review

Designed to make standard remote-controlled ceiling fans smart, the Bond Bridge by Olibra can integrate up to 6 fans with your connected home. Once added to Bond, these fans can be controlled with the Bond app on smartphones and tablets, enabling you to preserve your…

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Aoycocr LED Smart Bulb Review
These Aoycocr LED smart bulbs offer a wide color temperature range and broad digital assistant support. Image: Digitized House.

Aoycocr LED Smart Bulb Review

Aiming to offer voice-controllable LED smart lamps at an affordable price point, Aoycocr has launched a line of lighting that brings broad compatibility with the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant ecosystems, while also enabling Apple Siri Shortcuts control. These RGBW color lamps have been designed…

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7 Best Automation Systems to Turn Your House into a Smart Home
The Samsung SmartThings hub and smartphone app. Image: Digitized House.

7 Best Automation Systems to Turn Your House into a Smart Home

Are you ready to bring your home into the 21st century? With automation products like lights, outlets, security systems, lamps, humidity sensors, and more, you can control your entire home from the palm of your hand. But managing dozens of products can get tricky. That's…

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How to Choose the Perfect Smart Home Assistant for You
Amazon Alexa (Echo), Apple Siri (HomePod), and Google Assistant (Google Home Mini) are all vying for a place in your smart home. Images: Apple and Digitized House.

How to Choose the Perfect Smart Home Assistant for You

If you plan to turn your house into a smart home, choosing a digital voice assistant is one of the first steps. On the surface, it seems like a simple decision—pick the one you’re familiar with. But the choice of a home assistant shapes the…

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ConnectSense Smart Outlet2 Review
The ConnectSense SmartOutlet2 features an over-outlet design. Image: Digitized House.

ConnectSense Smart Outlet2 Review

Smart outlets have become de riguer in modern homes, as they offer an express route to automating non-smart devices such as lamps, fans, and myriad other appliances. Moreover, their rapid adoption can largely be attributed to the integration of voice assistants, enabling the use of…

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KB Home Trickles Down Smart Tech from Concept Home to Production Builds
In Irvine, California, KB Home is selling homes with smart tech trickle-down from its KB Home ProjeKt concept house, revealed at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. Image: KB Home.

KB Home Trickles Down Smart Tech from Concept Home to Production Builds

Shall we call it KB Homenomics? The national home builder has just trickled down smart health, wellness, and automation technology from its futuristic KB Home ProjeKt concept home to production builds in California. Located in the Genoa at Orchard Hills community in Irvine, the new…

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Google Nest Backtracks on Works with Nest Hard Line
Google Nest says they will not be turning off Works with Nest integrations en masse on August 31, 2019 after all. Image: Google Nest.

Google Nest Backtracks on Works with Nest Hard Line

Responding to fallout from developers and consumers alike, Google Nest has revised their plans for sunsetting the Works with Nest (WWN) integration program. In a blog post on The Keyword, Google’s corporate blog, Google Nest clarified their approach regarding the planned transition to the Works…

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Goodbye, Google Home and Nest. Hello, Google Nest.
From the new Google Nest brand, the Nest Hub Max. Image: Google Nest.

Goodbye, Google Home and Nest. Hello, Google Nest.

In a move to streamline the connected home accessory lines of Alphabet Inc. sister companies Google and Nest, the new Google Nest brand has been hatched as an umbrella for all Google Home and Nest Labs products. Announced at the 2019 Google I/O developer conference…

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Gosund Mini Smart Plug Review
Gosund Mini WiFi Smart Plug. Image: Digitized House Media.

Gosund Mini Smart Plug Review

Smart plugs have become a staple in today’s connected home, and for good reason. They are perfect for converting standard table and floor lamps into smart lighting, controlling small appliances such as coffee makers and fans, and saving on energy consumption. This is the sweet…

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How Google Home Hub Can Help Trim Energy Costs
Google Home Mini + Google Home Hub displaying energy data from Reliant Energy. Image: Digitized House Media.

How Google Home Hub Can Help Trim Energy Costs

Does your relationship with your electrical utility seem grounded in 1995? Anemic websites, cryptic data access, and paper bills can become a relic of the past with leading-edge utilities, where they are using a Google Home Hub and voice activation skills to enable frictionless access…

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Smart and Healthy Features Abound in KB Home ProjeKt: Part 2
KB Home ProjeKt. Image: Builder Magazine.

Smart and Healthy Features Abound in KB Home ProjeKt: Part 2

As we wrote in Part 1 of our coverage of the KB Home ProjeKt, this Las Vegas-area concept home endeavors to deliver connected home and holistic design features aimed at the long-term health and wellness of its eventual occupants.  In this segment, we will take…

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Amazon Alexa vs. Google Assistant for Smart Home Control
Amazon Echo vs. Google Home Mini Speakers. Image: Digitized House Media.

Amazon Alexa vs. Google Assistant for Smart Home Control

The soaring popularity of virtual assistants has set the stage for competition. With contributions from Amazon and Google, consumers across the country have to choose between two of the tech industry's leading brands. Neck and neck, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and each deliver value…

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Smart and Healthy Features Abound in KB Home ProjeKt: Part 1
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Smart and Healthy Features Abound in KB Home ProjeKt: Part 1

First revealed at CES 2019 in January and carrying over into the 2019 NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS) in February, the KB Home ProjeKt near Las Vegas strives to deliver on connected home and design features to focus on the long-term health and wellness of…

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Lutron Adds Smart Fan Control to Caséta Wireless Switch Line
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Lutron Adds Smart Fan Control to Caséta Wireless Switch Line

Giving homeowners another choice for controlling air circulation in their dwellings, Lutron announced at CES 2019 they will launch the Caséta Wireless Fan Speed Control in March 2019, enabling flexible smart control for non-smart ceiling fans. The in-wall fan control joins the rest of the…

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Why You Should Use Smart Technology to Control Your Blinds
Bali AutoView Shades. Image: Digitized House Media.

Why You Should Use Smart Technology to Control Your Blinds

Getting enough natural sunlight in your living space is vital if you wish to feel good and stay healthy, and focusing on the blinds is the easiest way to do that. Controlling blinds through motorization might not be on the top of your list of…

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Phyn Adds Alexa, Europe Availability to Phyn Plus Smart Water Assistant at CES 2019
Phyn Plus. Image: Phyn.

Phyn Adds Alexa, Europe Availability to Phyn Plus Smart Water Assistant at CES 2019

In synch with CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Phyn has announced that Phyn Plus—a smart water assistant, leak detector, and automated shut-off valve—has gained Amazon Alexa voice control. Furthermore, Phyn Plus will be soon be expanding beyond the shores of the U.S. to include wide…

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