Vacationers, Let Your Smart Home House-Sit Itself

Everyone loves long weekends and lengthy vacations, but there’s always something unsettling about leaving our homes unattended. There’s good reason for the concern: Burst pipes and other sources of water damage are among the most common and expensive disasters affecting residences across the United States, costing homeowners and renters billions every year, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Continue reading “Vacationers, Let Your Smart Home House-Sit Itself”

Neato just announced a new and improved line of robotic vacuum cleaners

Neato, the best kept secret in household robotics, has recently announced that it will soon be expanding its lineup of autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners. The company’s new “BotVac” series vacuums are set to launch about a month from now in April, and will come with a number of improvements over previous generations. Continue reading “Neato just announced a new and improved line of robotic vacuum cleaners”

Savant, the Cadillac of home automation providers, just launched a ‘budget’ package

In an effort to stay relevant and competitive amid a deluge of DIY home automation devices, high-end home automation provider Savant has just announced that it will soon be offering a new “budget” starter package for just $1,599. The new product runs on a Linux-based home server that acts as a control system for your lights, sound system, thermostat, and pretty much any other smart home devices you have connected to your home Wi-Fi network. Continue reading “Savant, the Cadillac of home automation providers, just launched a ‘budget’ package”

PointGrab Brings Gesture Control to Home Appliances

PointGrab has revealed a new solution designed to let homeowners control devices from a distance with their hands. The company is unveiling two new versions of its gesture-recognition software, which now works with standard 2D cameras on consumer devices. Currently, Samsung, Lenovo, Acer, and other manufacturers have integrated the technology into their consumer devices such as TVs and PCs. Continue reading “PointGrab Brings Gesture Control to Home Appliances”