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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REVIEW: iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

Not since Rosie the maid/housekeeper on the Jetsons has there been a cleaning robot that excites me, until now.  Earlier this year iRobot released their latest Robot Vacuum, and though their devices are not quite as charismatic as Rosie the XB-500 model in the Jetson family’s possession, they are the closest we’ll get to living in Orbit City right now. Let’s boot up the iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot, and explore!

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COMPARISON: First Alert One Link Wi-Fi Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector versus Nest Protect 2nd Gen Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm

When the Nest Protect 2nd generation device was revealed in the summer of 2015 it was improving upon an already great device.  With no real competition to speak of I didn’t bother taking photos of my purchase, because there wasn’t really anything to compare it to for blog comparison purposes.  But now that the HomeKit-enabled First Alert DC10-500 One Link Wi-Fi Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector has arrived, let’s see how it stacks up against the Nest Protect 2nd Gen Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm.

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BATTLE! – Comparison & Review of the Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell versus SkyBell HD and SkyBell 2.0 Wi-Fi Video Doorbells versus August Doorbell Cam

Imagine being able to see who is ringing your front door, even when you’re not home.  How amazing would it be to have a two-way conversation with that person?  How about the added layer of security of recording video when someone approaches your door, even if they aren’t supposed to be there?  All of this is possible, and not in some distant future but right now.  In this blog post we’ll review the two premier brands and their three collective products, comparing the Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell versus SkyBell 2.0 Wi-Fi Video Doorbell versus the SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell.  We’ll also peak at the up-coming August Doorbell Cam recently announced.

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QUICK LOOK: Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with Apple HomeKit

Schlage as a brand has been around almost a century, offering interior and exterior door knobs, handles, and deadbolts.  And when it comes to home automation, they have been offering compatible products to consumers for some time.  As such, it should come as no surprise they are one of the first in their industry to bring to market an Apple HomeKit compatible deadbolt.  Let’s check out their new Schlage Sense device in this quick-look blog post!

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