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How Smart Homes Can Help Improve Quality of Life
Connected homes can be much more than technology showcases. When smartly outfitted, they can help improve our quality of life.

How Smart Homes Can Help Improve Quality of Life

Today’s increasingly popular smart home technologies impress the neighbors and make us marvel at how far innovations have come in the last decade or so. However, these gadgets do more than just provide bragging rights and give fascination. They can also offer a much broader…

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Verisure connected home automation gets even smarter with Yale smart door locks by ASSA ABLOY
In Scandinavia, alarm monitoring company Verisure has added the Yale Doorman smart lock from ASSA ABLOY to their connected home repertoire. Image: ASSA ABLOY and Verisure.

Verisure connected home automation gets even smarter with Yale smart door locks by ASSA ABLOY

According to recent research by consultancy IFSEC Global, more than 90 percent of security system installers view home automation as a significant growth market. Verisure, Europe’s leading alarm monitoring company, offers more than just protection against intruders. Its growing smart security solution includes climate control,…

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4 Indoor Air Quality Monitors for a Healthier Smart Home
As the adage goes, you can't manage what you can't measure. That rings true in your home, where smart devices like the uHoo can help you measure and then improve air quality. Image: uHoo.

4 Indoor Air Quality Monitors for a Healthier Smart Home

Do you often wonder why you sneeze a lot indoors or find your allergies flaring up? It could be because there’s room for improvement regarding your home’s interior air quality. There are smart home accessories for almost everything, including those that monitor air quality. Here are…

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ENTR smart door lock extends colour palette with black version
The ENTR smart door lock is available Europe-wide in a new black version. Image: ASSA ABLOY.

ENTR smart door lock extends colour palette with black version

ASSA ABLOY built their award-winning ENTR smart door lock to blend seamlessly with European contemporary smart home design. Now, the product is available in a new black colour, as well as the original white, to complement any colour scheme. Installing an ENTR lock requires no…

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Smart EV Charger and Ceiling Fan Switch join iDevices connected home portfolio
iDevices EV Charger and Ceiling Fan Switch. Image: iDevices.

Smart EV Charger and Ceiling Fan Switch join iDevices connected home portfolio

As a consolidation movement continues among connected home product companies, Internet of Things (IoT) device maker iDevices—a pioneer in development of Apple HomeKit accessories—was acquired in April 2017 by Hubbell Incorporated, a large multinational electric, electronics, and lighting manufacturer. Similarly, leading Silicon Valley smart door…

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In Spain, ENTR smart door locks enable people with disabilities to live independently
ENTR door locks help make homes smarter and barrier-free. Image: ASSA ABLOY.

In Spain, ENTR smart door locks enable people with disabilities to live independently

More and more people with disabilities choose to live in their own homes. This creates new challenges for domestic design: the typical set-up for a residence can include multiple barriers to independent living. And the biggest barrier of all? The front door. An ENTR smart…

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Day 12 of 12 Smart Gifts: Moment Photo Case and Wide Lens for smartphones
Day 12 of 12 Smart Gifts: Moment Photo Case, Wide Lens, and Moment app for smartphones. Image: Digitized House.

Day 12 of 12 Smart Gifts: Moment Photo Case and Wide Lens for smartphones

The cameras on our smartphones keep gaining in resolution and flexibility, but there is only so much manufacturers can do with optics given the extremely thin confines of the phone’s shell. That’s where the Moment line of smartphone accessory lenses enter the picture, with a…

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Day 11 of 12 Smart Gifts: Apple AirPods wireless earbuds
Day 11 of 12 Smart Gifts: Apple AirPods wireless earbuds. Image: Digitized House.

Day 11 of 12 Smart Gifts: Apple AirPods wireless earbuds

It has been a year since Apple began shipping their AirPods—the Cupertino company’s first wireless earbuds—yet the product is still on a back-order delivery schedule. As we write this just a few days before Christmas 2017, Apple is showing a January 10, 2018 delivery date…

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Day 9 of 12 Smart Gifts: Jasco Cordinate Décor extension cord
Day 9 of 12 Smart Gifts: Jasco Cordinate Décor extension cord. Image: Digitized House.

Day 9 of 12 Smart Gifts: Jasco Cordinate Décor extension cord

A common downside to the hi-tech accessories in our connected homes is their insatiable appetite for plug-in electrical power. And of course, wall outlets are never located where they are most needed, so extension cords, power strips, and surge protectors are the standard, often-inelegant solution.…

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Day 8 of 12 Smart Gifts: Amazon Echo Spot smart clock
Day 8 of 12 Smart Gifts: Amazon Echo Spot smart clock. Image: Amazon.

Day 8 of 12 Smart Gifts: Amazon Echo Spot smart clock

There was a time when Clocky defined the evolving genre of smart alarm clocks. As the alarm clock on wheels that jumps off your nightstand and runs away beeping if you tap the snooze button, Clocky remains an innovative solution to waking up on time.…

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Day 7 of 12 Smart Gifts: Osmo Genius Kit
Day 7 of 12 Smart Gifts: Osmo Genius Kit. Image: Osmo.

Day 7 of 12 Smart Gifts: Osmo Genius Kit

For parents looking to purchase smart gifts for their children of ages 5 through 12 that are designed to educate as well as entertain, they need look no further than the Osmo Genius Kit. The kit works with an Apple iPad and transforms the tablet…

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