SmartHome

  • How-to: Home Automation for under $4,000

    Home automation is something that sounds amazingly appealing, like a chance to live in a futuristic world where your home takes care of itself and you get to relax. Unfortunately there’s no one stop shop for connected devices that makes this dream a reality. Fortunately there is a way of...
  • Samsung offers ‘Invisible Connection’ cable and ‘no-gap wall-mount’ on TVs at CES2017

    The Consumer Electronics Show 2017 is now in full swing with the first of many press conferences from the top tech companies. Also my inbox is a disaster of product announcements, however one that stands out from the crowd is from Samsung. Samsung Electronics have announced today that its...
  • You’ve seen it on The Block, now you buy Telstra’s Smart Home IoT solution

    Our lives are getting smarter and more connected than ever, so it makes sense we do the same with our home. While there’s a plethora of after-market piece meal solutions for making your home smart, Telstra are now offering an end-to-end solution. Available online and in select stores from...
  • Review: Philips Hue 2.0

    Smart and connected lighting systems are incredibly common, but Philips brings one of the biggest brand names to the market. After a successful entry with Hue 1.0, Philips have improved their offering with Hue 2.0. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve spent plenty of time lighting my life...
  • Yonomi adds support for Amazon’s Alexa

    Yonomi is on a roll right now. After recently adding support for LIFX, they’ve now added support for Amazon’s Echo. While Echo may not be available directly in Australia, many Aussie’s have imported them and those US-based readers will certainly be able to take advantage of this one. The...
  • sockITz glass touch smart powerpoint with USB-C turns on for pre-order

    sockITz is an Aussie company that started back in 2010 with one clear focus, to make powerpoints smart. Powerpoints aren’t something you think about day-to-day, basically because they’re dumb, plug something in and they’re either on or off. While there’s plenty of 3rd-party solutions that sit between your powerpoint and devices...
  • Parrot Pot is great, but we need a Parrot Garden

    Green thumbs are apparently not genetic. My father is an awesome gardener and unfortunately I’m the opposite and need help to keep plants alive. Thankfully technology is arriving that helps people like me, or just generally busy and forgetful people who love plants, but don’t have the time to...
  • LG is bringing WebOS 3.0 to CES2016, control of smart home appliances

    LG have announced webOS 3.0 is coming and will be their SMART TV platform in 2016. The company will showcase the updated OS at the company’s booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204 from January 6-9. At CES 2016 in Vegas, LG will unveil webOS 3.0,...
  • GE WiFi-enabled fridge becomes first fridge on IFTTT

    The magical no-code automation service, IFTTT has learnt a new trick, talking to fridges. As our home appliances become internet connected, they can play a part in our smart homes thanks to the service IFTTT. GE Fridges are the first connected fridge to be compatible with IFTTT and offers...