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We Designed A House Powered Entirely By Smart Technology

Walking up to Gizmodo’s imaginary smart house is rather an anticlimax. A modern house powered by smart technology looks like any other home. There are no Jetsons-esque robot maids, jetpacks or levitating buildings. Voice control is getting better, but it’s still no Jarvis. So don’t expect anything radical. What a smart house really is, is just a more frictionless existence.

Smart Home Devices That Will Save You Time, Money And Energy

To say I’m a fan of smart homes is an understatement. Being a renter I’m limited somewhat as to what I can have in my apartment, but that hasn’t stopped me from integrating as many smart devices into my environment as humanly possible.

One thing I’ve discovered a long the way — not only have I saved a lot of effort (regular light switches are for plebs, you guys), but I’ve saved time, money and kilowatts on my energy bill. Here’s my top recommendations for doing the same at your place.

10 Things You Need To Know To Build A Smart Home

If you’re thinking of building yourself a smart home, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before you get underway. We’ve got a few tips and tricks that will help you make sure your smart house doesn’t get overly complicated, and that it only serves to make your home life that little bit more efficient.

How Smart Gadgets Can Take The Chores Out Of Doing Housework

Between classic appliance made smart and multiple new types of helpful household robots, smart gadgets are popping up left and right that will make your work around the house a little easier. Whether you prefer to use them individually or as part of a smart home ecosystem, here are some of the best smart household devices on the market — and how they can help you.

The Best Smart Locks Tested: Leave Your Keys Behind

We spent more than three months researching all of the top-rated smart locks currently available and put 10 leading models through their paces in both side-by-side tests and real-world everyday use to find the best for your home. We have a best overall pick for most people, one with a keypad, an alternative for renters that works with your existing deadbolt, and a reliable (if unpolished) budget-friendly option.

Furbo Pet Camera Review: It Confused My Dog And Busted My Naughty Landlord

My dog started to get anxious about my recent move as soon as he saw me packing boxes. So when Furbo, an Indiegogo success, offered us its new pet camera with a built in treat dispenser, it seemed like a great way to keep an eye on him and keep him happy. Naturally, I wanted it.

What The Internet Of Things Really Is, And How It Can Turn Your House Into A Smart Home

“Internet of things” is, at face value, a pretty meaningless buzzword. It refers to the multitude of tiny, energy-efficient gadgets with Wi-Fi connectivity that are filling up our lives — ‘net-connected kettles and powerboards and sprinkler systems.

But it also refers to the broader technology standards and infrastructure that allow these devices to exist, and to talk to the Web and to each other — and it’s this infrastructure that lets you build yourself a home from the future.

How To Turn An Old Smartphone Into A Home Security Camera

Devices like Nest Cam and Canary can keep an eye on your home while you’re away, but all you really need to set up your own home security system is an old phone or tablet you’re not using, an internet connection, and the right app. Here’s how to get started and what you should know.

Everything You Can Say To Your Amazon Echo

Voice control is one of the core capabilities of the Amazon Echo: the tall, black cylinder comes with a basic remote and some on-board buttons, but speaking commands and questions is the most intuitive way of interacting with it. If you’re wondering just what your Echo can do and which commands it responds to, here’s a comprehensive list.

NSW's Solar Bonus Scheme Draws To An End This Year

After six long years of earning fed-in-tariffs of 20c to 60c per kWh, NSW’s Solar Bonus Scheme is set to end this December. Once it ends, households formerly on the scheme are being encouraged to install smart meters as part of a voluntary market-led rollout in NSW, which will allow them to get the most from their solar energy.

A new government bill is set to expand the number of contractors able to install smart meters from 2000 to around 35,000, but estimates say households could be paying up to $600 to get the new meters installed.

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