Home Automation

by Rich R ·Posted 11/17/2021
Lenovo’s new Smart Clock 2 helps you start and end your day the smart way. With the Google Assistant built in, you can set multiple alarms, view your day’s itinerary, check traffic and weather reports, and much more. To end your day, a “goodnight” routine can lock your doors, turn off the lights, play soothing music, and perform other tasks. A far-field microphone array helps the clock pick up your voice from across the room, even with music
by Richard Stevens ·Posted 06/16/2021
There’s no shortage of smart home tech these days. From light switches to thermostats, we’ve covered a great deal of it here at B&H. In fact, we’ve become spoiled by it. It’s no longer impressive to simply connect to the Internet and offer iPhone or Android control; manufacturers now have to push the envelope to get our attention. That’s the great thing about tech—it drives forward. Brilliant’s line of Smart Home Control
by Staff Writer ·Posted 10/15/2019
Today, at its Made by Google event, Google unveiled several new pieces of hardware, including brand-new Pixelbooks, the next-generation Nest Mini, Nest WiFi, and the much-hyped Pixel 4 smartphone. This tech trove of new hardware offers something for everyone, from a powerful new Wi-Fi system to arguably
by Staff Writer ·Posted 09/23/2019
If you’re looking to take your video calls to new heights, then look no further than the new Facebook Portal and Portal Mini. The 10" Portal and 8" Portal Mini are available in black or white and sport a high-definition touchscreen that can flip between portrait and landscape mode and a 13MP camera with a 114-degree field of view. Thanks to onboard AI software, the camera can pan and zoom to ensure that it captures everyone in the room, including those entering or
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 09/09/2019
With the fall semester upon us, many college students will spend the next few months living in a dormitory. Whether you’re a freshman experiencing dorm life for the first time, or a returning student with a few semesters of dormitory living under your belt, you can certainly do a lot to improve your living quarters. The proliferation of home automaton devices is making smart homes ubiquitous. Your dorm room should be no different. It’s a living space that will benefit from a system that can control devices such as smart plugs, lighting, doors
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 10/22/2018
Expanding its Kasa line of home automation devices for the smart home, TP-Link recently released some new products, one of which is the HS300 Wi-Fi power strip. TP-Link HS300 Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip The HS300 is equipped with six individually controllable outlets for users to plug-in up to six devices to control and set
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 07/24/2018
Smart plugs are great little gadgets, aren't they? The ability to control a plugged-in device from anywhere offers tremendous flexibility and convenience. So how, then, do you improve upon the standard one-outlet smart plug? TP-Link has found a way to do just that with the HS107—a new Wi-Fi smart plug that is equipped with two individually controllable three-prong outlets. With this smart plug, you'll be able to control two plugged-in devices. Thanks to built-
by Rich R ·Posted 05/08/2018
Onkyo, well known for making home theater receivers, has now brought its expertise to the smart home, with a new line of Smart Speakers. The G3, available in black or white, features a 3.15" woofer and 0.79"
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 01/05/2018
TP-Link has just announced its latest smart light switch, the HS210 Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch 3-Way Kit, and it's chock-full of awesome features. Like TP-Link's popular HS200, the HS210 kit features built-in 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity, enabling you to control the lighting in your home remotely from an iOS or Android device
by Richard L. Stevens ·Posted 12/13/2018
Remember when Google was associated only with how you navigated the Web? It wasn’t too long ago that the software giant decided to enter the hardware game, catching the attention of nearly everyone. When the king of search makes a move, heads turn. Google’s hardware release was modest for a company of its size, releasing a slow drip of Internet-connected devices over the past few years. While each product had a loyal following, the Chromecast, to me, felt like Google’s big leap into the consumer electronics market. Released in 2013, I still
by Rich R ·Posted 10/04/2017
Wouldn't it be great to have Amazon's Alexa built into a Sonos speaker? Well, they've done it—Sonos has just unveiled the new Sonos One. Featuring the same footprint as its popular PLAY:1 speaker, the digital-assistant-enabled Sonos One is available in black or white and uses an integrated six-microphone array with far-field voice technology—which is
by Rich R ·Posted 10/04/2017
Google’s new generation of virtual assistants have arrived, with two models designed to fit into nearly any home setting. The Google Home Mini sports all the hands-free features you already love about its big brother, but in a smaller form factor. Available in Chalk or Charcoal color options, the Google Home Mini is a mere 3.86" wide and 1.65" tall. While small,
by Stephen Janiszak ·Posted 08/29/2017
Connect with your inner home and all the Wi-Fi devices within it, with the Samsung Connect Home Smart Wi-Fi System. This smart Wi-Fi system comes in three flavors. For a small to medium-sized home, choose the Samsung Connect Home AC1300 Smart Wi-Fi System, consisting of a single router covering up to 1,500 square feet. For larger-