Being able to turn your lights on and off with your voice is one of the best things about having a smart home. If you don’t have an Amazon Echo or Google Home, though—or just prefer keyboard shortcuts—you can use an AutoHotkey script to control your Philips Hue lights from your computer.
Philips Hue is one of the most popular smart lighting brands on the market, and for good reason. However, even if you have your house decked out with Hue bulbs, you may not be using them to their fullest potential. Here are some cool things you can do with your Hue lights in order to get the most out of them.
The Amazon Echo can do a lot more than play music and check the weather. As futuristically as you’d expect, it can actually control a wide range of smarthome products so that all your home comforts are just a voice command away. Read on as we show you how.
The Nest Thermostat is one of the most-loved smart thermostats on the market, but are you getting the most out of all its great features? Here are some things you might be missing out on.
With a tap of a button, you can change the color of your Philips Hue lights. While the Hue app comes with a few color presets built-in, you can also create your own custom scenes from your own photos.
Stringify is a crazy powerful tool that lets you automate complex tasks with minimal effort, even if you don’t know any code. One of Stringify’s most powerful tools is called Connect: Flow. This “Thing” lets you use one Flow to activate another, or even create a Flow that loops itself.
Philips Hue’s Android widgets are a robust way to control several of your lights at the touch of a button. You can turn lights on and off or apply multiple scenes at once. Here’s how to create an Android widget for Philips Hue and what you can do with them.
As you research new smarthome products to put in your home of the future, you’ll come across a lot of terms and categories that seem completely foreign. At the top of the list: “ZigBee” and “Z-Wave” products. What does this mean, and what’s the difference between the two?
It wasn’t so long ago that Philips introduced its Hue smart lighting system, and since then, the company has expanded its lineup to include quite an arrangement of light bulbs and light fixtures to choose from.
People often worry about keeping their computers, smartphones, and tablets secure from hackers and malware. But what about your smarthome devices? They can be just as susceptible as any other device on your network, even if it doesn’t seem like it.
If you want to control your lights from your phone or with your voice, you have two options to consider: buy smart bulbs or buy smart light switches. Here’s how to decide between those two options.
Living in the future with an on-call voice assistant is great—except when she doesn’t understands your requests. Here are five simple things you can do to ensure that you spend more time enjoying Alexa and less time yelling at her for misunderstanding you.
Smarthome products aren’t cheap, and completely outfitting your house with these devices can be an expensive endeavor. However, here are some things you can keep in mind if you’re looking to save some cash when you go to upgrade to a smart thermostat, smart lights, and more.
SmartThings is a smarthome platform from Samsung that lets you set up sensors and other devices to automate certain tasks and secure your home. Here are some clever uses for those sensors that you may not have thought about.
Philips Hue lights are cool, but are you using them to they’re fullest potential? Sure, you can control them from your smartphone and turn them on from anywhere, but there are so many other useful tricks you can take advantage of. Here are a handful of clever uses for your Philips Hue setup.
In the Philips Hue app, if you tap on a room, you can control each individual bulb separately. But if you want to change the color of an entire room of lights all at once, there’s a quick shortcut that makes this easy to do.
The Amazon Echo and smarthome are a match made in heaven. Alone, both sets of products are fairly useless—but together, they are awesome.
If you want to make your home a little smarter, but aren’t sure where exactly to start, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best starter smarthome gadgets, and how to find ones that will work well together in your house (or apartment).
Your little one is growing up and finally ready to start driving. They may be allowed to drive on their own once they get their license, but you may still want to know they’re being safe. With an Automatic Pro OBD-II adapter and automation app Stringify, you can build a powerful system to keep an eye on your teen’s driving even when you’re not in the passenger seat.
Why manually dim the lights during movie time when your media server can do it for you? With a little tweaking, you can set Plex Media Server to automatically adjust your Hue smart bulbs with custom lighting schemes for movie time, intermission, and the end of the film.
When you tell your kids it’s time for bed, they’re going to push that limit as much as possible. But, why not let a bed time “bouncer” enforce your rules by automating your kids’ routine with Stringify and your smart lights?
When you have guests over who want to use your Wi-Fi, you want to give it to them…but you may not want them accessing the other devices on your network. Google WiFi makes it really simple to create a “guest network” that gives them access to the internet, but blocks them from accessing your local network files or other networked devices.
Every night when I go to bed, I want to turn all of my lights off…except the bedroom light. I wan to turn that light on at bedtime. Using Stringify, I can finally create a single voice command that turns some lights off, and others on.
If you’ve ever wished you could create advanced, automated interactions between all the smart devices in your house, Stringify is your new best friend. With it, you can have multiple devices turn on or perform actions when certain conditions are met.
Now that voice assistants are becoming extremely popular, many users who want to outfit their living spaces with smarthome products are probably wanting these products to be compatible with their voice assistant, whether it’s Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant (and Google Home). Here’s how to find out whether or not a smarthome device works with these platforms.