ecobee Switch+

Stuart Lombard was on a mission to reduce his family’s carbon footprint and save money.  He found several ways to conserve energy, but most were complex and expensive.  After discovering that heating and cooling made up a majority of his home energy use, he soon founded ecobee in 2007.  Ecobee is a company that makes […]

Logitech Harmony Elite Remote

Logitech began in 1981 selling only computer mice.  They have since expanded offering products like keyboards, Bluetooth speakers, webcams, remotes, and more.  In sum, they research how individuals interact with their digital devices and they offer products to improve their interactions.  The Logitech Harmony Elite is an example of one remote the company offers. The […]

3 Amazon Echo Devices

There’s so much going on at Amazon it’s hard to keep up with it all.  From Alexa devices to products shipping instantly on Prime Now, there’s something for everyone.  A few years ago, Amazon introduced the Amazon Echo.  Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you can control using your voice.  It connects to the Alexa Voice […]

Wink Hub 2

It has been quite some time since I’ve written about home automation.  As my current system (iVera) is struggling, I felt it’s a perfect time to research newer systems.  I’ve used this hub and app for four years to turn on my lights, unlock/lock my door, and more; it’s an essential piece of technology for my independence.  While […]

Control your smart home and more with Branto

With so many smart home devices and central hubs for these devices, it may be hard to narrow down what works best for you.  Even though it is only in the midst of its fundraising campaign on Indiegogo, the Branto Orb already seems like a promising option.  So what exactly is Branto and what sets it apart from other […]

Oomi: Smart Home. Simplified.

In previous blogs, I’ve discussed several smart home systems, a few examples being: Flic, Wink Hub, Reemo, and Z-Wave.  Now there is an even newer, “smarter” home automation system being introduced called Oomi.  If you’re looking for a home automation system, Oomi is “easy, fun, and there’s nothing else like it” available on the market.  So what […]