TESTED: Smart Home Automation – Comparing Apple HomeKit vs Samsung SmartThings Hub vs Wink Connected Home Hub vs INSTEON Hub Pro vs Amazon Echo vs Belkin WeMo

Shopping for smart home automation products can feel a bit like having lunch at a buffet.  You can be easily overwhelmed by too many options to pick from, feeling unsure about what will taste good together.  But unlike a fixed-price all-you-can-eat buffet, these smart home devices can get really expensive, really fast, so choosing the right ones is quite important.  In this article we’ve taken on the task of taste-testing all these delicious pieces of technology for you, to provide you a curated review of what works, and what doesn’t.  Check out the BEST HOME AUTOMATION PLATFORMS as we compare Apple HomeKit vs Samsung SmartThings, vs Wink Connected Home Hub vs Insteon Hub Pro vs Amazon Echo vs Belkin WeMo, and much, much more!

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TESTED: An EPIC Comparison of Smart Light Bulbs — Philips Hue versus Belkin WeMo versus LIFX versus GE Link versus TCP Connected versus Misfit Bolt

Epic battle time!  Are you thinking of dipping your toes into home automation this 2015 holiday season?  Smart home lighting is typically the first step people take by replacing a few bulbs in their homes.  But with more and more options available the decision has become increasingly more difficult.  Whether you want a color bulb, or a basic white bulb, there are plenty of reasons to skip certain brands over the other.  Keep reading to decide which bulbs to buy as we compare the Philips Hue versus Belkin WeMo versus LIFX versus GE Link versus TCP Connected versus Misfit Bolt smart light bulbs.

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UPDATE: Wink Hub 2 upgrades my Smart Home, works with HomeKit (sort of!)

Wink, purveyor of smart home hardware, recently debuted their Wink Hub 2 device.  This blog entry digs deeper into the features and benefits of this new system.  I’ll also talk about how having a splintered system (in this case HomeKit, and Wink) can actually work just great, even with your Amazon Alexa voice assistant.  Let’s see how it all comes together!

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UPGRADE: Ring Video Doorbell PRO

Not along ago the makers of the Ring Video Doorbell released their PRO unit.  Now that I’ve had a few months to test this unit, and compare to the standard offering, I’m finally ready to give you a quick review on the UPGRADE you’ll get with the Ring Video Doorbell PRO.  To find out how it compares, keep reading.

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QUICK LOOK: Anova Culinary’s Sous Vide Immersion Circulator

Precise temperature control.  Uniformed cooking throughout your food.  And not being chained to your clock as you cook.  These are just a few of the advantages of Sous Vide cooking.  In this blog post I take a quick look at the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Immersion Circulator, which blends high-tech gadgetry with a must-have kitchen accessory.  Check it out!

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Tesla Model 3: Quick Thoughts

Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that Tesla Motors recently unveiled their “car for the masses” recently.  This is a big deal for many reasons, most of which I won’t bother to rehash here.  As a current Tesla vehicle owner, however, I wanted to provide my friends, family, and followers with my quick thoughts on this car, why it may be relevant to you, and hopefully answer the most common questions I’ve been getting.  Enjoy!

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Sleep Tracker Comparison: Withings Aura versus Sense Sleep Pill versus Beddit Sleep Monitor

How long did it take you to fall asleep last night?  Did you stir a lot?  What was the quality of sleep you had?  Did you toss around a lot?  How about your partner?  Is the room too bright?  Too warm?  Too cold?  If you’ve asked yourself questions like these before then perhaps a sleep tracker is in your future.  In our latest blog entry we test & compare three of the most popular sleep tracking devices on the market today: the Withings Aura Smart Sleep System, the Sense with Sleep Pill, and the Beddit Smart Sleep Monitor.

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