Rounding out my HomeKit setup with new Chamberlain and Fibaro hardware

After over a year of waiting, Chamberlain has finally released their HomeKit companion for their MyQ garage door opener system.  Additionally, Fibaro has released an updated version of their water/flood sensor that also works with HomeKit.  With these items, I’m finally able to consolidate my smart home a little bit more!

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Adding Security to Outside Lighting with Ring Floodlight Cam & Kuna Craftsman Maximus

Finding the perfect home security camera can be a tough task for most folks.  Picking a brand, going wired versus wireless, service costs, and other factors, make choosing the right unit daunting.  To make your life easier, here is a review of my two favorite devices in this increasingly crowded segment: the Ring Floodlight Cam and the Kuna Craftsman Maximus.

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TESTED: Ecobee4 Brings Amazon Echo Alexa Voice Assistant to Thermostat

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’re already aware of the rising popularity of voice assistants in our daily lives.  Our smart phones provide this via “OK Google” or “Hey, Siri” for Apple.  Additionally, Amazon has been pushing their Echo devices with “Alexa” quite heavily.  Recently I upgraded my thermostat to a new device that adds the latter, baked right in.  Here are my testing results.

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TRACK DAY: Pittsburgh International Race Complex – Early May 2017 PDE

On the first day of Spring this year trumpets sounded as I returned to my gear head roots, ditched my Tesla, and picked up a Porsche.  (Don’t worry, the wife still has a Tesla Model S).  And I figured what better way to start off the season with a new toy, than to take it to the track?  Here is my recap!

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REVIEW: iRobot Braava jet 240 Mopping Robot

This past holiday season I surprised my wife with a robot mop.  If it weren’t for the fact she had asked for one prior, I might have been murdered for buying her a house cleaning item.  But anything that makes having a clean house easier, who wouldn’t want that?  Here is our review after a few months of living with the iRobot Braava jet 240 Mopping Robot.

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