The modern, connected home starts at the front door, and that’s where the new lineup from Yale makes their presence felt. The Key Free B1L and T1L offer a clean, modern look to your home, even letting you ditch the house key. Via a touch screen or keypad, your front entry will be both secure and futuristic.
Spurred by silly news reports of people seeing faces in the random patterns on their toast, various novelty toasters have appeared allowing one to eat toast deliberately crisped with a certain pattern or face. Burnt Impressions has taken this a step further, deciding to appeal to the so-called narcissistic generation's love of selfies.
Forget the fitness wearable; what about the fitness tracking home accessory? AirRam is a new vacuum that promises to not only clean up your home, but track how much exercise you get while doing it. Best of all, it’s cordless, and can charge via cables you might already have in the home.
One rocket scientist has turned his attention to cookware, designing a new set of pots and pans that are touted as nearly double the energy efficiency of your ordinary round cookware. What's different? The addition of fins.
With the exception of astraphobes, the sound of rain and thunder can be relaxing -- a nice time to spend an afternoon indoors reading or a way to fall asleep quickly. If mere sounds aren't quite up to par for you, one artist has a solution: Cloud, a thunder cloud-shaped lamp.
Earlier this year, Honda introduced its Smart Home, a home on the University of California Davis West Village campus that, among other things, produces more energy than it consumes. Interest in the Smart Home has been high, and due to that demand, Honda has announced that its Smart Home is now open source.
A new entrant in the connected home market is E-Vents, a device from Circle Design Technology that lets users control the air flow in their home from the comfort of their smartphone. The device has been put on Kickstarter for funding, and promises to, among other things, lower one's electric bill.
Electronic picture frames are nothing new, but Electric Objects' new EO1 digital art device is a bit different. This framed HD display and computer offers a WiFi connection, delivering art from across the Internet to your living room or anywhere else you want to mount the device.
You want a connected home, but what about the expense involved? Quirky’s Wink Hub makes having a connected home a pretty streamlined endeavor, serving as a base platform for all your connected devices. The hub itself is low-cost and readily available, but what about the devices that link to it? Here are five that we really like for starting your connected home project.