Tag Archives: smart

Dish will install your smart home gadgets for a flat fee

Dish is having another go at the smart home. The satellite TV provider has been offering smart technology installation services to its own customers for years, but today it launches OnTech, a service that will set up a whole range of devices for you, whether you’re an existing customer or not. OnTech technicians can help install everything from smart locks and ... Read More »

With this $25 gadget, Amazon will finally get you to stop scoffing at the idea of a ‘smart home’

Stephen Brashear | Getty Images News | Getty Images Dave Limp, Senior Vice President of Amazon Devices, introduces the ‘smart plug’ during an event at the Amazon Spheres, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington. Earlier this year, Amazon launched a $25 smart plug that lets you control any outlet in your home by voice with an Amazon Echo. That ... Read More »

Cleartrip on Alexa Integration, Building Apps for Voice, and the Smart Speakers Scene in India

Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo smart speakers launched in India in October last year, and its main rival, the Google Home, only launched in India last week. Developers can integrate the Echo speakers with their applications to enable voice-based use cases and since their launch, Amazon has been trying to get more and more Indian services on board, and the latest to do so is Cleartrip. ... Read More »

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: One of these smart speakers is better than the other

When one product is better in one aspect, but it’s competitor is stronger in another, the easy answer is to recommend both. You might want a Sony TV in your home theater, for instance, but Anthem’s A/V receiver, Bowers & Wilkins’ speakers, and a subwoofer from SVS. Well that dog won’t hunt when it comes to smart speakers, especially if ... Read More »

Eaton Halo RL56 review: Upgrade your existing canisters to smart and efficient LED lighting

If you haven’t remodeled in recent years, you might be surprised to find that new canister-style lights no longer include the traditional recessed receptacle that accepts a screw-in bulb. Rather, the light fixture itself is static, including a ring of LEDs inside a sealed module. When the LEDs eventually die (after 10 years or so), you just replace the whole ... Read More »

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park will soon launch SMART 50 solutions to create young entrepreneurs

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) has aligned with the government’s ‘Startup India’ initiative to launch ‘Smart Fifty – 50 Solutions to Transform India’, making a path for socio-economic development through innovation and entrepreneurship. IIMCIP objectives To promote entrepreneurship and create a nurturing ecosystem where fledgling enterprises with innovative ideas and solutions can flourish To promote ... Read More »

Gadgets: Smart sweeper maps territory to clean

Once you prepare your house for vacuuming, the only thing left to do to clean your floors and carpet is to press a button. From there, the Deebot R95 robotic vacuum cleaner takes over and does the work. I own one of the other robotic vacuums, and while it does a good job, it often gets hung up in areas ... Read More »

Phiaton BT 460 Bluetooth headphone review: Sleek, smart, and feature rich. But they sound best wired

Phiaton (pronounced FEE’ ah ton) derives its name from the Greek letter ϕ or “Phi” which was often used to represent the golden ratio. “Ton” has a double-meaning. It’s a nod to the word “tone,” which in English refers to the character and quality of sound. In French, “ton” to mean fashionable style. Phiaton attempts to express all of those virtues ... Read More »

Ring Video Doorbell 2 updates Ring’s original smart, wireless doorbell

Most smart home products sound great on paper but fail to deliver in real-life, which is what makes the original Ring Video Doorbell such a successful outlier. Ring just announced the Ring Video Doorbell 2—available at Amazon and Best Buy for $199—and while its upgrades are modest, everything about the new model suggest it’s worth a $20 price hike relative to ... Read More »

iDevices smart home products now work with Google Home

Google Home owners can now use the smart speaker to issue commands to iDevices smart-home products. This brings online a number smart switches, outlets, and sockets for command and control through the Google Assistant. The company announced yesterday that you’ll be able to configure this connection with the company’s iDevices Connected app for iPhone and Android. To make this happen, you’ll need to ... Read More »