Sengled Solves the Connected Bulb Dimmer Problem

Jan 4, 2017 by

Sengled introduces two new connected bulbs: one is the least expensive connected bulb available, and the other one works with your existing dimmer switches. And just for good measure, they're both carbon neutral, counterbalanced by Sengled's tree-planting program.

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Revolv is Dead. Thanks for Your Money.

Feb 18, 2016 by

Without apology or compensation, Nest announces the end of Revolv. In 90 days, its services will shutter, and your Revolv hub will become a smarthome relic.

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Home: On #056 – Customer Focus, with Matt Swatsky

Sep 30, 2015 by

Quirky declares bankruptcy, Hue adds to its product lineup, and Richard gushes over Serena shades and Pico remotes with guest co-host Matt Swatsky from Lutron. He tried to get a scoop on Lutron’s anticipated HomeKit updates, but we’ll just have to wait to hear more about that. It shouldn’t be too long now.

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Lutron’s New ZigBee Remote Controls Connected Bulbs

Sep 7, 2015 by

Tired of fumbling with a phone to control your lights? Lutron has introduced a compact remote control for your ZigBee connected bulbs—including Cree Connected, GE Link, and (unofficially) Philips hue bulbs. In fact, it may well be a better remote for hue bulbs than what Philips plans on releasing soon.

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Home: On #048 – Lightfair Trends, with Seth Johnson

Jun 1, 2015 by

Seth Johnson of the HomeTech Podcast joins us again to discuss the latest news and recount some of the highlights and trends from last month’s Lightfair expo in New York City.

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Three More Connected Bulbs: Another Comparison

Feb 17, 2015 by

Looking for the best connected bulbs? We examine the latest offerings and share our thoughts on each, considering price, quality, and more (Hint: Cree wins)

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Home: On #041 – CES Reflections

Jan 26, 2015 by

Richard reflects on his findings at CES earlier this month, including trends and hot product news. CREE finally releases its anticipated connected bulb, and it looks like a winner. And a series of show floor interviews wraps our coverage of CES 2015.

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Cree Announces Anticipated Connected Bulb

Jan 17, 2015 by

Cree has finally announced its long-anticipated connected bulb at a surprisingly low price. Initially working with Wink, users should expect long-term compatibility with other ZigBee hubs and HomeKit.

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Home: On #040 – CES Begins

Jan 9, 2015 by

As CES 2015 opens, we talk with some of the many vendors exhibiting in Las Vegas at CES Unveiled and PEPCOM Digital Experience. Interviews with Ecovent, Ring, Thread Group, Ecobee, and others give us insight into the products we can expect to see in stores this year.

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Securifi Readies WiFi Router with Built-in Smarthome Hub

Jan 5, 2015 by

Securifi is preparing to sell its much-anticipated Almond+ home router/automation hub. The question is, will others follow, and what will the user experience be like?

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Home: On #038 – INSTEON Revisited, with Paul Braren

Dec 12, 2014 by

Quirky + GE combine forces to release new smarthome products; INSTEON sneaks out a new, inexpensive hub; and ZigBee 3.0 might finally standardize an otherwise splintered technology space. These stories and more, as Tinkertry’s Paul Braren joins Richard on this news-packed episode.

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Get Staples’ New Connect Hub with Bluetooth, ZigBee for Free!

Oct 28, 2014 by

The new Staples Connect hub from D-Link adds ZigBee and Bluetooth LE support to an already strong home hub contender. And you can get one for free if you buy two eligible, compatible products at Staples.com before the end of the year.

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