While Bluetooth proximity unlocking and the GPS locator features of Viper SmartStart and SmartKey come in handy, it is a fairly big installation and will apply to limited scenarios and vehicles.
Viper's new SmartKey system includes the ability to unlock your car through Bluetooth, and offers GPS location features.
If you're looking for an easy and (relatively) affordable entry point into home automation, then SmartThings makes a lot of sense.
With their 360-degree rotating screens, the new 13.3-inch Pavilion and 15.6-inch Envy x360 convertibles join the budget-friendly 11.6-inch x360 from earlier this year.
Lutron's Smart Bridge and related app work great, but the price is much too high for basic automated dimmer capabilities. If you plan to add other connected devices, its value will improve considerably.
The Lutron Smart Bridge offers DIY connected home builders the tools to command lights, shades, and thermostats via a mobile app.
If you're looking to get started in the world of Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebox is a very good starting point--so long as you don't mind bringing your own peripherals.
The Eve Irrigation controller uses the Adam moisture sensor and weather info from SmartThings to set up a perfect watering schedule.
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A basic multimedia laptop starting under $600, with higher-end display, graphics, and storage upgrades.
While you may be tempted by the promise of value, Archos' sloppy Smart Home Starter Pack fails at a fundamental level.