home automation

  • Belkin fixes WeMo security holes that gave hackers access to home appliances

    Posted February 19, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    Your light switches and thermostats are safe, for now.
  • Easy home automation projects for the weekend warrior: part one

    Posted August 18, 2012 - 7:35 am

    People have long viewed home automation--the ability to monitor, program, and control your home's lighting and entry locks, its heating and air conditioning, and other systems--as a technology that's "just around the corner." The Home of Tomorrow has been a fixture at state fairs, industry trade shows, and Disneyland; but for years it remained always a little out of reach, except for those people who could afford to invest tens of thousands of dollars to hire a professional to install a custom system.
  • Lowe's brings home automation to the masses

    Posted July 20, 2012 - 10:18 pm

    Home automation is usually prohibitively expensive and out of the reach of the average consumer. Lowe's Home Improvement is looking to change that, and is partnering with U.K.-based smart home company AlertMe to offer a basic home automation service called Iris.
  • Home automation: Inside a DIY smart house

    Posted July 2, 2011 - 6:00 am

    Imagine a house where your appliances run themselves, where lights adjust without you having to get up, and where your snail-mailbox would send you a message when you get a package. It sounds like something out of The Jetsons, but thanks to some nifty home-automation technology, this is all possible today. (Talk about living in the future!)
  • Everything but the kitchen sink (and maybe that coming soon)

    Posted September 2, 2008 - 2:07 am

    If engineers spent as much time learning to cook as they do trying to shoehorn their favorite gadgets into the kitchen, they'd probably be better off.
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