Amazon will hold its annual fall event September 28
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Amazon will hold its annual fall event September 28

Amazon usually holds a major event every fall where the company announces its latest and greatest products, and this year is no different. The event is scheduled to take place at 9 a.m./12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 28. Unfortunately, while the event is fully virtual, it’s also invite only. Members of the public won’t Read more

If someone can make a robot that can avoid wires, it’s iRobot. Here’s why.
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If someone can make a robot that can avoid wires, it’s iRobot. Here’s why.

As smart as robot vacuums are, wires are often the bane of their existence. Wires can entangle the wheels and cause the vacuums to become stuck or, worse, the robots catch the wires and unplug electronics or yank them off a shelf. I’ve had this happen on multiple occasions with wired smart lights, and once Read more

The iRobot Roomba j7+ monitors your floors to avoid wires, pet droppings
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The iRobot Roomba j7+ monitors your floors to avoid wires, pet droppings

How often do you have to rescue your robot vacuum from being stuck in cables and cords? For most people, it’s at least once a week. Sure, you could clean the cords up beforehand, but isn’t it easier to just trust the robot vacuum to avoid the cables? The new Roomba j7 Robot Vacuum with Read more

Apple HomeKit has both the best and worst installation setups. Here’s why.
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Apple HomeKit has both the best and worst installation setups. Here’s why.

HomeKit is the least popular smart home platform of the big three. Both Alexa and Google Home are more popular, largely in part to the much wider range of compatibility both platforms have versus HomeKit. Despite that downside, HomeKit has one major bonus going for it: Incredibly easy installation in the majority of situations. On Read more

Home Depot’s Hubspace smart home line has me both excited and worried
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Home Depot’s Hubspace smart home line has me both excited and worried

Home Depot has announced its own line of smart home products, called Hubspace, as the home improvement giant looks to take its place among the ever-growing number of companies looking to make a mark in the rapidly expanding market. The announcement of a new lineup of budget-priced products is exciting, especially given the number of Read more

Everything we want to see at Amazon’s September 2021 event
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Everything we want to see at Amazon’s September 2021 event

September has been the month when Amazon hosts its annual fall event, so we expect the rumor mill to start churning about what we can hope to see. Even though we haven’t had much yet in terms of rumors, nor has the event been officially green-lit by Amazon, we expect a few new products are Read more

5 ways geofencing makes your smart home smarter
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5 ways geofencing makes your smart home smarter

Have you ever wished your smart home would react to your presence (or absence)? There are a lot of smart home features that work based on when your device connects to Wi-Fi, but you can use geofencing to achieve the same result at a greater distance. A geofence is a virtual perimeter around your home. Read more

How to convert your window blinds into smart blinds
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How to convert your window blinds into smart blinds

Natural light might sell homes, but there are times when it just becomes an inconvenience — like when it throws a glare on your TV screen in the middle of your favorite show. Window blinds are the perfect solution, but what about when you don’t want to get up and close them yourself? Smart blinds are Read more

Summer’s a scorcher. Here’s how smart home tech can offer relief
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Summer’s a scorcher. Here’s how smart home tech can offer relief

Summer is officially here, and many people are struggling to stay cool as heat waves hit areas that don’t normally experience intense summer heat. Although modern home design is much more effective at keeping homes cool and comfortable than it once was, smart home technology can help keep your home even cooler. Through smart use Read more

Nanoleaf Elements look like wooden smart light panels on your wall
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Nanoleaf Elements look like wooden smart light panels on your wall

Nanoleaf has long been known for its innovative, brightly-colored decorative light panels. The company has earned a spot on the wall of almost every Twitch streamer, but the latest release caters more to earthy, rustic themes than the gaming. Nanoleaf Elements is the newest lighting experience from Nanoleaf, designed to look like natural wood tiles. Read more