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How to trick people into thinking you're home when you're not (pictures)

One benefit to a truly smart home: It can pretend to be full even when it's empty.

16 Images By October 5, 2015

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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.

Editors' Take

Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 with Apple HomeKit support

With a new version of the Hue Bridge, you'll be able to bring your smart lights under Siri's control.

By October 5, 2015

MSRP: $60.00


No direction home? IBM's painful ad with Bob Dylan

Technically Incorrect: In a new ad, the hero of so many -- including Steve Jobs -- resorts to talking with IBM's supercomputer Watson. Oh.

By October 6, 2015

Editors' Take

Logitech Harmony Home Hub Extender

Slip this $100 extender beneath your hub, and you'll be able to take control of bulbs, door locks and more right from your remote control.

By October 6, 2015

MSRP: $99.99


Laundroid, the laundry-folding robot of our dreams, is slightly ominous in real life

A hulking, evil black monolith? No, it's actually just a robot that's come to eliminate one of the most tedious chores known to mankind.

By October 7, 2015


Let there be lights! (smart lights, that is)

Automated lighting makes a lot of sense for the modern, connected living space. Here's what we chose for the CNET Smart Home.

By September 29, 2015


Insteon Hub Pro (HomeKit-enabled)

If you're an iOS user looking to schedule lights and appliances to turn on and off through a single app, then Insteon's HomeKit-compatible Hub fits the bill, and it has the potential to get even better, but as of now, it's too limited to recommend.

By September 19, 2015

3 stars Editors' rating September 19, 2015

MSRP: $149.99

Editors' Take

Apple HomeKit (iOS)

Yes, you can already access various smart home products from your iPhone or iPad, but Apple's HomeKit software may have found a better way... if it ever officially launches.

By September 10, 2015

Pricing not available


iDevices brings an outdoor plug and a thermostat to HomeKit

iDevices brings a trio of smart-home products to market, all compatible with Apple HomeKit centralized control on iOS and powered by Siri voice activation.

By September 16, 2015

Editors' Take

Home Connect

Bosch will expand its Home Connect app launched last year to smarten up fridges, washing machines, dryers, and coffee machines.

By September 2, 2015