All posts by Petra

5 Must-Have Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant-Equipped Smart Home Device Accessories – Forbes
17 Jan
8:42

5 Must-Have Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant-Equipped Smart Home Device Accessories – Forbes

Once you’ve joined the ranks of smart speaker households, either by purchasing a Google Home or Amazon Echo, the next question you’ll ask is likely: “What can I do with it?” On their own, Google Home and Amazon Echo can play music, set timers, tell you the weather, and conduct […]

Smart Home Diary: Let’s talk automation and scenes … – 9to5Mac
17 Jan
5:31

Smart Home Diary: Let’s talk automation and scenes … – 9to5Mac

One recurring theme I’ve seen in comments on my various Smart Home Diary pieces is the view expressed by some that a truly smart home ought to be automated. That pressing on-screen buttons on an iPhone does not equate to a smart home, only automation does. I have some sympathy […]

August CEO on the smart home of the future – The Verge
16 Jan
2:20

August CEO on the smart home of the future – The Verge

August Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel chats with August CEO Jason Johnson about smart locks and the challenges of integrating various technologies within a smart home. They discuss whether every company needs to be a data collection company, and why it’s so difficult to be a hardware company in tech. [embedded […]

Smart Home Diary: Repurposing an iPad Air as a home control panel for guest use – 9to5Mac
15 Jan
11:11

Smart Home Diary: Repurposing an iPad Air as a home control panel for guest use – 9to5Mac

I mostly control smart home devices via Siri, and even Steph has become a convert to the idea since we got HomePods. But while both Siri and the Home app make things very simple for us, things are trickier for guests – which is why I decided to put an […]

Hampton expands its Array line of smart home products – CNET
15 Jan
8:00

Hampton expands its Array line of smart home products – CNET

Hampton Products had a busy 2018 with the release of the solar-backup-enabled Array by Hampton Connected Door Lock, and this year looks to be even more jam-packed with product announcements and releases. Focused on exterior security, the Array by Hampton line includes door locks, exterior lighting and security lighting, as well […]

Global Smart Home Market 2019 to hit more than $163 Billion with Stable CAGR of 18.5% by 2026 – GlobeNewswire
14 Jan
4:51

Global Smart Home Market 2019 to hit more than $163 Billion with Stable CAGR of 18.5% by 2026 – GlobeNewswire

Deerfield Beach, Florida, Jan. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Market Research Store Announced the new report on “Global Smart Homes & Buildings Market by Application (Energy Management, Lighting Control, HVAC Control, Appliances & Entertainment Control, Safety & Security, Home Healthcare & Child Safety) and by product/types (Safety & Security Products/Devices, […]

The best smart home devices of CES 2019 grew some hair on their chest – CNET
14 Jan
1:42

The best smart home devices of CES 2019 grew some hair on their chest – CNET

Google owned this one. No question. Yes, Google spent a ton on marketing. Its booth in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center was bigger than most houses. It had a roller coaster (kind of; it was really more of a flat “ride”). And Google back all the […]

The best smart home gadgets for newbies | Technology – telegraphherald.com
13 Jan
10:32

The best smart home gadgets for newbies | Technology – telegraphherald.com

Home automation has never been more accessible, but with lots of intriguing ways to smarten up your living space, where’s the best place to start? If you’re a smart-home newbie who wants to jump in, but you’re overwhelmed by all of the options, don’t worry — CNET has you covered. […]

Free Smart Gadget – Komando
12 Jan
7:24

Free Smart Gadget – Komando

Smart home devices are an amazing development. They can remotely control your home, keep an eye on the front door from your vacation destination, or turn off the light after you’ve already crawled into bed for the night. Some of these devices even work through voice activation, eliminating the need […]

From Ring to Kasa, the best doorbells at CES are a knock to last year’s models – Digital Trends
12 Jan
4:20

From Ring to Kasa, the best doorbells at CES are a knock to last year’s models – Digital Trends

Man, “video doorbell” really needs to be shorter because we’ve been typing it a lot this week. “Vidbell,” maybe. Anyway, there look to be more than a dozen video doorbells set to debut at CES 2019 this year, or — as our Home Editor Kim Wetzel put it last week, […]