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BOT Home Automation Ring

Ring is a significant step up from Doorbot and its upcoming weather-sensing features show promise, but I'm still a little concerned about its ability to stream a consistently decent video.

By December 18, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating December 18, 2014
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Best smart home devices of 2015

From smart locks to smart lights, we've reviewed all kinds of connected home products this year. This category is growing rapidly, but here are our favorites so far.


BOT Home Automation Doorbot

Doorbot is an excellent idea poorly executed -- hold off for now and hope that this glitchy device improves with time.

By August 1, 2014

2.5 stars Editors' rating August 1, 2014
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E Fun Nexturn Home Automation System

E Fun branches out to automation and security at CES 2015 with three comprehensive smart home kits.

By January 5, 2015

MSRP: $159.00

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Bird Home Automation DoorBird Video Doorbell

Step aside, Ring and Skybell -- a new Wi-Fi video doorbell is joining the fray.

By February 19, 2015

Pricing not available


How to turn off iOS 9's automated traffic helper

The newly updated OS seems to think you want traffic updates when you go certain places. If you don't, here's the fix.

By September 29, 2015


Netflix just made binge-watching your favorite shows way better

Netflix brings the smart home to your video-streaming experience with a DIY Wi-Fi switch designed to simultaneously turn on the TV, silence your phone, order food, and even dim the lights.

By September 28, 2015


We had lunch at a fully automated restaurant

We visited a futuristic eatery called Eatsa that just opened in San Francisco. You don't have to deal with humans there, just screens.

By September 2, 2015


Flickr misfires with automated photo tags

The image-recognition machinery behind the Yahoo site stumbles as it tries to interpret photos of black people and concentration camps.

By May 20, 2015


Get an Insteon home-automation starter kit for $99.99

That's half off the regular price for this smart-home setup, which includes dimmers and motion sensors.

By April 22, 2015


PicoBrew's automated beer maker too pricey for most home brewers.

We're cloudy on the benefits of the PicoBrew Zymatic, especially for $2,000.

By March 28, 2015