Apple’s HomeKit smarthome platform is all over the news lately, but many people are unclear on the specifics like how to use it, what you can use with it, and so on. Read on as we dig into HomeKit to clear up some of the mystery surrounding it.
Philips Hue lights are great to have in your house, and they can add a lot of convenience to your living space. However, what if you want to use these smart bulbs outdoors in porch lights or flood lights? Will Philips Hue bulbs work properly in an outdoor environment?
Light switches are fine, but for something like a closet or pantry, having the lights automatically turn on and off is really convenient. Here are several ways you can add automatic lights to your closets, pantries, and other areas where you only need a small amount of temporary light.
Energy-efficient light bulbs are a great way to save money on your energy bill, not to mention keep your bulbs lasting longer. But there are multiple kinds of light bulbs out there, and multiple kinds that are energy efficient. Here’s what you should know about the different types of light bulbs and which ones are worth buying.
If it’s dark out and someone comes to your door, you probably can’t see them unless your porch light is on. Furthermore, if a potential burglar approaches your front door, a motion light can help scare them away.
While you can get professional systems installed that hook up your lights to your doorbell, you can use an existing smart video doorbell (like the Ring or SkyBell HD) and Philips Hue bulbs to have your lights blink whenever someone rings the doorbell. Here’s how to set it up.
Philips Hue bulbs make it easy and convenient to turn on and off your lights, thanks to the ability to control them from your smartphone wherever you are. However, you can also use your Philips Hue lights to make really cool flashing animations to step up your house party game.
If you’re sick of having to find and fumble with the light switch every time you enter a dark room, you can use SmartThings to automate that process and have the lights turn on automatically when you enter.
While the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge’s curved side panels may seem like a pointless feature to some, it’s actually a super useful and versatile tool to have. It makes more sense on the Edge phones than a standard “flat” display, since it basically stays out of the way until you need it. The ability to customize this area is just the icing on the cake, and Samsung has included some really useful tweaks here.
The SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit comes with a small handful of sensors and an outlet switch, but if you need more than what comes in the starter kit, you can easily add additional sensors and devices to your SmartThings setup.
While SmartThings has its own lineup of sensors and devices, you can connect them with all sorts of third-party devices, giving you unified control from a single app.
What do you do if you want to add a device to your HomeKit smart home, but the device doesn’t support HomeKit? You set up a middleman with the iHome iSP5, an inexpensive HomeKit-enabled smart outlet.
If you want a quick and easy way to monitor your home while you’re away, here’s how to set up the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit.
If you like the idea of smart outlets, but wish you had one with more than just one receptacle on it, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet is worth looking into. Here’s how to set it up and instantly get double the fun.
While you can control your Belkin WeMo Switch from your phone, you can also turn it on and off automatically using the smart outlet’s automation features.
We’re sleeping less than ever, and sleep deprivation is taking a toll on on our general physical and mental health. It’s time to put some checks on the technology we use–ironically, using technology–in order to secure a better night’s sleep.
Philips’ new Hue app is quite nice, but it’s missing some very useful features of the original “Gen 1” app. Thankfully, the Gen 1 app is still available for download, so if you need those old features, here’s how to get them.
The Belkin WeMo Switch can turn just about any ordinary appliance into a smart appliance. Just plug it in, and control it from anywhere. Here’s how to set it up.
F.lux is a handy little app that warms the light from your computer screen in the evening to help you sleep better. Philips’ Hue lights can also adjust their color temperature. This clever integration links the two, so your screen and your general room lighting change together.
On some remotes, you may also have home control buttons that you can use with devices like Philips Hue lights, a Nest thermostat, or a Belkin WeMo smart outlet. (You can see Logitech’s full list of supported smarthome devices here.)
Sometimes, all you need out of your Philips Hue lights is for them to just turn on and off when you want them to, but if you’re hosting a party or just want to entertain your kids, animating your lights is a great way to kick things up a notch.
We’re collectively staying up later, sleeping less, and enduring a lower quality of sleep thanks to the abundance of electronic distractions and the accompanying bright screens. For your health and happiness, it’s time to do something about it.
Just because the manufacturer decided your gadget needed a blinking LED as bright as a car headlamp doesn’t mean you have to tolerate it. Let’s take a look at how you can those brilliant LEDs so your bedroom doesn’t look like a night club.
There’s a very curious short coming in the Apple HomeKit system: HomeKit supports combining your smarthome devices into rooms, zones, and scenes, but if a given app doesn’t support one of those things, you’re out of luck. And no smarthome apps let you create scenes with multiple products from different companies. Enter the Home app, which solves both these problems.
When you need to wake up without disturbing everyone around you a silent vibration-based alarm clock is just the ticket. Many smart watches and fitness trackers have just such a feature built in and you can easily take advantage of it with just a few settings tweaks.