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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Smart home fires, Hue’s affair, and Josh coins

Hiya, Gerard here! How’s it going? Hope you’re Sunday is going well, a few quick notes about the goings-on in the smart home space last week. Ring Recalls Co-incidentally! I tuned into Jason Calacanis’s podcast on Sunday – this week in startups a fan for nearly a decade at this stage! And ended up listening […]

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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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Mini Smart Devices.

Hiya, Gerard here! Back again after a number of years 🙂 Hope all is going well this weekend! let’s dive into some stories that caught my attention this week. Do you want buy a HomePod? No, not talking about the original and expensive iteration of Apple’s venture into the smart speaker, instead I am talking […]

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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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Essential Guide to Smart Home Virtual Assistants & Smart Speakers

Essential Guide to Smart Home Virtual Assistants & Smart Speakers

Hiya, Gerard here, just spent this Saturday evening posting the Internet’s most detailed set of articles about smart speakers and associated virtual assistants, that’s a pretty big achievement on this windy evening here in Ireland 🙂 This guide (ten blog posts in total) is intended to be read by the following people: Homeowners interested in […]

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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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