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TESTED: Home Automation – Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Lutron Caseta, Wink Hub, Staples Connect, Logitech Harmony Home Hub, and INSTEON Hub

For years Hollywood has teased us with fantasy versions of the future.  They depict wild concepts such as flying cars, deep-space travel, and a common presence of artificial intelligence.  Most days it seems like we are barely inching along towards our realization of many of those digital day-dreams.  But as this blog post shall prove, smart-homes are becoming less movie-magic, and more reality than ever before.

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QUICK LOOK: Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener and Rachio IRO Smart Irrigation Controller

During my recent testing of various smart home lighting products I also stumbled upon two VERY cool little devices that upgraded me to Home v2.0 — here is a quick look at those two devices.  Let’s check out the Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener and Rachio IRO Smart Irrigation Controller.

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REVIEW & COMPARISON: Zubie Key Connected Car Service versus Automatic Smart Driving Assistant

Today we live in a world full of gadgets and connectivity.  Most of us have a constant link to society thanks to our smart phones and tablets.  We are at the start of an era, one where this link to data not before harnessed will create a relationship between man-and-machine.  Finally, maybe we’ll start to utilize the Internet for more than just access to Facebook and Netflix, right?!  In this blog post I’ll be comparing two ways to get your vehicle to join the “Internet of things” in my comparison of the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant to the Zubie Key Connected Car Service.  Let’s see what these devices have to offer…

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PREVIEW: Apple Watch versus Fitbit Flex versus Jawbone UP versus Misfit Shine versus Garmin Vivofit versus Striiv Touch versus Withings Pulse versus LG Lifeband Touch versus Polar Loop

Earlier today Apple unveiled their newest addition to their product family, the Apple Watch.  Many of my favorite tech news sites have done a great job providing details, specs, and even some hands-on initial reactions & reviews of the new hardware.  Although the unit displayed at the unveil event today was locked in demo mode and release is not set until “early 2015″ — we’ve already been provided with enough detail to know that this device will in many ways turn the wearables segment on its head.  Here is why….

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TRACK DAY: Pittsburgh International Race Complex TrackCross Event – Early September 2014

Nearing the end of summer in the Midwest means getting your last track events under your belt.  Soon the leaves will be falling and the weather will be too cold, and the local road course and drag strips will shut down for the season.  With a few new toys under the hood I made it out for what may be one of my final lapping sessions of the year in my Audi.

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