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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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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QUICK LOOK: Lutron Caséta Wireless Lighting with Apple HomeKit Integration (L-BDG2-WH)

“Hey Siri, set the living room lights to 50%” I barked at my phone.  Seconds later, as if I was living in some futuristic world, my lights were on.  My phone responded politely. “You got it, Ari.  I set both of the living room lights to 50” sung the small electronic portal in my hand.  Has the ability to control one’s home with your voice finally arrived?  Let’s take a quick look at the new Lutron Caséta Smart Bridge (L-BDG2-WH) with Apple HomeKit Siri capabilities to see just how science fiction our lives may really have become!

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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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Dyno Day & Technology Review: My 2014 Audi S6

Gear heads love to “bench race” — this is where you sit around with your buddies talking about whose car is faster and why.  In the end the true test of power is to take your sheet metal and throw it down the drag strip, or strap it onto the dyno.  Though my plans with my S6 have never been bragging rights, I still wanted to know just what she could do.  And to find out just that I spent this morning at an event that provided me a grin from ear-to-ear!

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