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In the Garden with Edyn: How Your Garden Can Become Apart of Your Smart Home

Welcome to our weekly home automation product coverage—features that get you in-the-know on the latest home technology in less than two minutes.

To a lot of people, their garden is just as much apart of their home as their living room, kitchen, and master bathroom. It’s a source of comfort, a place to exert hard work, and even a primary source of food (vegans, we’re looking at you).

So while there are home automation products that add convenience like adjusting your thermostat without having to get up, or making sure your doors are locked while you’re away, why not apply that same convenience and sense of security to your garden?

Now there’s a product that keeps track of your plants’ needs–and it’s called Edyn.

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A Keen Pairing: Helix and Keen Home Together Make For A Smart Summer Time Solution

Welcome to our weekly home automation product coverage—features that get you in-the-know on the latest connected home technology in less than two minutes.

The Helix Platform provides security and smart home automation . Usually used for safety and security, it provides energy efficiencies and comfort as well in its ability to control many aspects of the home through a smartphone.

We thought mid-summer would be the perfect time to introduce you to Keen Home. Keen home is a member of the Thread Group—as is Resolution Products. The Thread Group is a collective of companies in the automation and smart device space dedicated to the advancement of the field.

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Home Security: The ‘Keys to the Kingdom’ in the Smart Home Market

Big buzz doesn’t always mean big money, or in the case of the smart home, widespread adoption. Michael Wolf, one of the industry’s most well-known IoT and smart home analysts, offers a refreshing, and honest, perspective on the smart home market in his recent article “The Coming Smart Home Shakeout.”

“The smart home industry is trying to figure itself out, Wolf said. “Companies like Best Buy, Lowe’s and others that have jumped into this market with gusto aren’t always seeing the type of demand they want for the products given the amount of shelf space they’ve allocated.”

The smart home products that are getting noticed by consumers? The ones that they understand—and understand a true need for—Wolf explains.

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The Perks of Having a Wallflower: Remote Access to Reduce Incidents in Your Home

Welcome to our weekly home automation product coverage—features that get you in-the-know on the latest connected home technology in less than two minutes.

We’ve all been there. You’re in a rush to leave the house. You grab your belongings, your near-perfect pot of chili for your work’s competition, jump in the car, and make your way down the road when you suddenly feel like something isn’t quite right.

Did I forget my wallet? 
Did I leave the garage door open?

In many cases, the answer is neither. You left the stove on. That feeling of insecurity and questionable panic is validated.

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Home Automation Exists To Fulfill Real Human Needs

In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the most basic human needs are physiological. This includes making sure food is in your belly, air is in your lungs, and you catch a decent amount of Zzz’s. The second layer of human needs are security-based, including having peace of mind that you have a roof over your head, and your family is protected.

 

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Perhaps the area where home automation has had the greatest impact so far is in Maslow’s second  most basic need: security.

We’ve talked before on the blog about how Kickstarter-backed Peeple makes your front door more secure, but what about the things that aren’t so obvious? How do you stay protected even while you’re sleeping?

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Halo Brings Angels into Home Automation

Welcome to our weekly home automation product coverage—features that get you in-the-know on the latest home technology in less than two minutes.

Ever feel like you have an angel watching over you and your loved ones?

As we know from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety and protection is a basic human necessity. While it’s nice to feel like you have an angel taking care of your family, it’s not the same as knowing you have an angel.

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Kickstarting a Home-Automated Future: Interview with Chris Chuter of Peeple

Chris ChuterChuter is Co-Founder of Building 10 Technologies. After working in the soul-crushing game industry for years, Chris and his partner David won a hackathon with Chris’ idea for a Wi-Fi-enabled door peephole camera, Peeple was born. A few prototypes and a successful SXSW exhibit later, they enlisted the aid of camera hardware hitman Craig Sullender to help bring Peeple to market.

What do you get when you cross the front door of your home with today’s top technologies? A simple way to turn your home into a smarter home.

Peeple is a product designed by Chris Chuter, Co-Founder of Building 10 Technologies, which recently exceeded its funding goal on Kickstarter. Peeple is the world’s first “caller ID system” for your front door. You place a disc-like device over your peephole, or if you don’t have a peephole you place on your door’s glass trim. It connects to your smartphone through an app and when someone knocks or opens your door, you get a notification with live video and photographs of who’s there.

Chris designed Peeple out of necessity to keep his family safe. “I invented Peeple after my young son wandered out the front door without us knowing. He was brought back to us safe, but I realized that our front door was a blind spot.”

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Since great minds think alike, we caught up with Chris to get his take on the state of home automation.

Here’s what Chris had to say…

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