Tag archive for ‘home automation’

Five Home Automation Apps For Android

by Michael Kwan - on Mar 30th 2014 - No Comments
Servo Light Switch

Why do things manually when you can let technology take care of those sorts of things for you? Better still, what if you could handle all of that technology wirelessly, remotely and conveniently from your smartphone or tablet? We’d already looked at some of the better home security apps on the market, but what about when it comes...

Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Gadgets For A Smarter Home

by Chris Cairns - on Nov 30th 2012 - No Comments
Holiday Gift Guide

You can certainly count gift shopping among the list of holiday tasks to outsource, but it’s just more personal when you’re actually the one who does the shopping and the buying of gifts for your friends, family members, and loved ones. The Christmas shopping season is upon us, but it’s not just about all the good boys...

Tips For Getting Things Done Automatically

by Luke McKinney - on Dec 14th 2011 - No Comments

The first rule of automation is: “if you do something more than once, the computer should be doing that for you.” That’s what computers are for. They’re incredibly fast at following sets of instructions. Automation is at the very core of their design, so if you find yourself repeatedly pressing the same tabs and buttons to make...

Lawn Mowing Robots: Like The Roomba, But With Grass-Cutting Blades Of Steel Whirling At 5,000+ RPM

by Chris Cairns - on May 25th 2008 - 2 Comments
Lawn-mowing robot

Next time you see a low-hovering spacecraft over your neighbor’s lawn, don’t panic. It’s not a UFO here to abduct and perform ungodly experiments on you. Rather, it’s a robotic lawn mower manufactured by Earth-based companies here to take the painstaking labor out of cutting and mulching your grass by doing it...

The Next-Generation Roomba Actually Sweeps For You, So You Don’t Have To

by Brian Cairns - on May 14th 2008 - 4 Comments
Cat with a Roomba Vaccum

Is your floor dirty, sticky, and downright disgusting? No time to vacuum? Then you’ll be elated to know that the new Roomba 500 series (510, 530, 560, 570, 580) actually sucks more (and supposedly scares pets less) than its predecessors. Its new and improved features offer greater time- and energy-saving benefits. Though the Roomba...