Smart Homes Coaching Call Services Announced

Smart Homes School announces the availability of coaching calls that provide people with a unique opportunity to avail of Gerard’s new 1-on-1 coaching services. Sometimes, you just need a professional to offer perspective at a fork in the road or when the cloud of confusion is too thick to see beyond. Ready to start your […]

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Smart Home Video Courses Museum Series

Smart Home Museum Video Series

The smart home is with us for well over 20 years; and during that period monumental, industry-changing innovation has occurred within the smart home industry. Back in 1999, I wrote a book on the subject of home networking and worked with some really talented people to create a range of multimedia training courses on the […]

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What’s the Story With Smart Doorbells?

Tell Me a Little More About Smart Doorbells.

On investigating the cool features of smart doorbells, we’ll discover just how self-aware visitor announcement devices are becoming. This is a nascent market, but one that’s destined to catch up with more mature home security gadgets, such as smart locks and the ever-watchful entrance IP camera. Accepting Past Doorbell Limitations This is the age of […]

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What is a Smart Thermostat in 2020?

What is a Smart Thermostat in 2020?

Here is the shortest post I’ve written in a while! The last number of years have seen rapid developments in the smart thermostat space. A smart thermostat, typically wall-mounted, connects to your Wi-Fi network and measures ambient temperature in the room using onboard or satellite sensors. Once you define a comfortable level the thermostat will […]

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Echo Show, HomePod Smart Home Speakers & More

Echo Show, HomePod Smart Home Speakers & More smart speaker musings

The Echo Show: A Window into Alexa’s Soul? Is there any gadget that doesn’t look just that bit cooler when a screen is added to it? The Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator incorporates a 21″ screen in one of its doors. Likewise, smart thermostats and now smart virtual assistants are taking that same approach. To that […]

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Smart Speaker Drawbacks and Here Comes The Future

Smart Speaker Drawbacks & Here Comes The Future

The piecemeal adoption of different smart standards comes back to bite manufacturer (And us!) on the behind. You should be able to buy a branded smart accessory and know it’ll be recognized instantly so that the hardware plays nice with every other part of the system. That generally is the case, but there may be […]

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Smart Speaker Home Assistants & Your Privacy

Smart Speaker Home Assistants & Your Privacy

It’s time to play devil’s advocate for a little while. You’ve seen the reviews for all of the available virtual assistants. Maybe your favorite smart persona doesn’t have a product housing just yet, but you know it’s coming. Besides, there are smartphone apps that give you a taste of the future, but it is just […]

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Smart Speakers And Controlling Your Smart Home

Smart Speakers And Controlling Your Smart Home

Your smart speaker is equipped with a powerful Artificial intelligence. It’s built with a solid and expandable foundation. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi circuits are churning all day long while contacting natural language servers in the cloud. Simultaneously, the same communication modules are streaming music, fetching weather forecasts, reading football scores, and pulling up the next episode […]

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Exploring Smart Speaker Components

Exploring Smart Speaker Components

Your car is opening the garage door by calling up your voice assistant. An audiobook is using Amazon’s Whispersync or Google tech to pick up reading your New York Times bestseller in your car. It’s picked up the narrative at the same place you stopped at in bed the night before. The technology behind your […]

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Different Smart Home Assistant Form Factors

The Virtual Assistants you’re hearing about on the news and in tech articles are a direct result of artificial intelligence. The earliest examples of these pseudo personalities didn’t even have a cozy electronic processor to inhabit. These were the chatbots that represented the first generations of consumer-friendly smart interfaces. Regarded as simple computer programs, a […]

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What is a Smart Home Assistant?

What is a Smart Home Assistant

Pull away from the circuits and codes. Knowledge of that abstract coding is handy, especially if you enjoy following developments in artificial intelligence, but too much conceptual thinking can cause headaches. So pull your focus away from all of this talk about software architecture. Instead, let’s strip things back by assuming a clutter-free stance. At […]

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Smooth Wi-Fi is Essential in Smart homes

Mesh Wi-Fi system for smart homes

Nowadays, a modem router device is supplied by your broadband supplier, this piece of hardware not only interconnects your household with the Internet, but it also radiates a Wi-Fi signal. Not always but in some instances, your router can affect the performance levels of your smart home. On occasions, this piece of hardware may not […]

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🐅Tigers, AI, and Bye Google Home Max

Another wild week around the world! And Covid seems to continue its onward march in people’s lives everywhere. For a little bit of light reading, check out some smart home stories I ran across during the past seven days: Apple Siri Tiger Sounds 🐅 Yes, you read correctly, Apple has added a new fun trick […]

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Smart Home Windows, Apples and Hubs

Hey, Morning! and welcome to my weekly digest of Smart Home news. Hope Christmas went well! Lots of Santa, turkey, and ham here at the O’Driscoll home, got a Fitbit sense from my wife Olive, and really loving it! Not only does it do lots of cool health stuff, but it includes Google Assistant and […]

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Lidl Smart Homes and Much More

Hey, Morning! winding down here for Christmas at the O’Driscoll household. Here are some cool smart home news that came into my inbox this week! Spuds and Smart Devices…🥔 To be honest, this came a little, or should I say Lidl off guard! The Germany based grocery giant has entered the smart home marketplace. Yep, […]

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Smart Home Buttons and Fridges🧊

Hey, Morning, just finishing my coffee and hope to take it easy for the day. Here are a few stories I thought you might enjoy reading! HomeKit Buttons 🔘 In addition to interfacing with your smart home via an app or smart speaker, many people like to use tactile buttons to control smart devices. Smart home […]

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China, Thread and Smart Locks 🏠

Hey, Happy Sunday, so all good here in Ireland; it’s my birthday today, so another year older 🙂 Anyway, here are a few stories I curated this week from around the Web. Enjoy! Smart Home Threads Germany-based Eve Systems a strong player in the Apple HomeKit devices space announced support for Thread. What in God’s […]

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Batteries, Smart Home Rain and More…..

Hiya, Gerard here! Good Morning and hope your weekend is going well, a few quick notes about the goings-on in the smart home space last week. Motion and Batteries To date in the world of Ring, the customizable motion zone feature was confined to wired iterations of their products. This week, the company announced availability […]

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