Home Automation

How to get connected home security without breaking the bank

How to get connected home security without breaking the bank

Connected homes are fast becoming the new normal, with platforms like Wink coming to the mainstream. Through it all, one thing remains a point of concern for potential customers: home security. A typically expensive proposition, home security is fast becoming more cost-effective for the average consumer. How cheap is it, really, though? We take a look at a few products to find out.

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Kwikset Kevo update brings Guest eKeys

Kwikset Kevo update brings Guest eKeys

Smart door locks are a neat idea for your connected home, but what about when you have guests? Those who still have to work when friends or family are in town may find the latest update to the Kwikset Kevo really handy. Owners of the smart lock can now assign digital keys, and even control the duration they’re good for.

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Blink HD home monitor promises total absence of wires

Blink HD home monitor promises total absence of wires

CCTV's and security cameras are no longer the purview of stores, offices, or business establishments. But while WiFi-connected home monitoring systems are becoming more popular in this age of the Internet of Things, most, if not all, of them still require one form of wire or another. Not so with Blink, an upcoming HD home monitoring and alert system that removes the need for any sort of wire, even to keep the monitor powered up.

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SkyBell WiFi Doorbell hands-on: HomeKit’s digital doorman

SkyBell WiFi Doorbell hands-on: HomeKit’s digital doorman

Your doorbell isn't smart enough, and SkyBell wants to change that: a hockey puck scale upgrade to the traditional push-button that delivers motion-triggered video direct to your phone. After having raised almost six-times its crowdfunding goal in late 2013, the WiFi-enabled doorbell is counting on some big names like Apple to help it stand out from the growing home automation melee.

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Philips hue tap battery-free light switch finally reaches US

Philips hue tap battery-free light switch finally reaches US

Philips' hue tap wireless, battery-free light switch for the company's color-changing bulbs has finally arrived in the US, allowing the smartphone-phobic still still get in on the home automation action. The ZigBee switch uses kinetic power to switch between up to four preset hue scenes, meaning it can be stuck to a wall without cabling being required, or moved around from coffee table to nightstand.

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