Avoid the iSP5 SmartPlug if you're an Android user. For iOS, it's worth considering given the HomeKit compatibility and relatively low cost, but if you want to start building a larger smart home, I'd wait for a more robust HomeKit option as at least two will hit retailers by the end 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.
The Epson Home Cinema 1040 offers a relatively high brightness for an entry-level, full HD projector and includes two HDMI ports.
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Seeking funding on Kickstarter, the Mycroft Smart Home AI Platform is voice-activated, cloud-connected, control device with Arduino and Raspberry Pi 2 at its core.
This camera kit is a reasonable option for outdoor home security, but its app needs an update and I wish the cameras had high-definition settings.
Epson has announced three affordable home theater projectors including the entry-level Home Cinema 740HD and the enthusiast-level 2040.
Myfox's camera is pretty good, although there are better options out there -- and the whole system is seriously overpriced. Don't get it.
If you simply want to review your energy consumption in real-time, look no further than Neurio. But, Belkin and startup Ecoisme are expected to offer similar products soon (that promise to do more than Neurio), so I'd hold off if you're on the fence.
Silk Labs wants to weave its software and services into all the new networked devices coming to homes of the future. Behind it: a trio fresh from the ambitious Firefox OS smartphone project.
The iHome iSP5 SmartPlug can give Siri control over formerly dumb electronics.
Don't be fooled by its small stature: the Epson Expression Home XP-420 all-in-one inkjet printer forges ahead of the competition with its compact footprint, cloud connectivity options and its ability to print high-quality snapshots directly from an Android phone or iPhone.