Hello? Is Anyone Listening?

Hello? Is Anyone Listening?

Amazon’s hottest selling items for 2016 were the Echo and its little brother Dot. These devices, along with their competitors from Google and Apple, are …

Practicing Safe Automation

Practicing Safe Automation

A couple of years ago, I was on an AV podcast and someone asked me if I would ever put a smart lock onto my house. I said I’d need to think long and hard …

Our Life With Alexa

Our Life With Alexa

“Alexa! Alexxxaaaaaaa!!!” My four-year-old daughter is trying to wake up our Amazon Echo. Alexa gets better at understanding her every day, but she …

When Smart Things Aren’t That Smart

When Smart Things Aren’t That Smart

True confession: I don’t like automated bathroom sinks very much. I know that sounds strange coming from someone who automates things for a living. But …

Home Automation: Increasingly Affordable

Home Automation: Increasingly Affordable

Home automation has long been the domain of the upper middle class and wealthy. Expensive, professionally installed proprietary systems have traditionally …

Your Next Competitor: Nest

Your Next Competitor: Nest

The Nest thermostat is one of the most innovative, yet simplest, HVAC controllers ever created. It has made controlling your air conditioner cool AND has been …

Is CEDIA Irrelevant?

Is CEDIA Irrelevant?

The annual CEDIA Expo is the industry’s premier HomeAV trade show, where every major manufacturer of home automation, whole-home audio and video …