It's probably too early to commit to a master smart-home platform, but for basic home automation across multiple devices, Staples Connect works well -- and at $99, it's priced just right.
Looking to get connected on the cheap? We've got you covered.
A pilot program for the office supplier's smart-home hub was successful enough to merit a broader US roll-out, along with new hardware and more partnerships.
Pricing not available
Commentary: Nest Labs' purchase of Dropcam may signal a future in which parent Google tries to balance licensing technology for and participating in the smart-home market.
Will your iPhone replace your clickers? Several sources point to Apple revealing smart-home features for iOS 8 at WWDC.
Despite a few usability quirks, Belkin's WeMo Insight Switch only improves on the simple, low-risk formula that made Belkin's original programmable WeMo Switch so appealing as a home automation starting point.
Samsung's next Galaxy reportedly will pack ZigBee wireless technology to let users to control everything from lighting switches to heating controls.
At Google I/O, Google and Lighting Sciences Group show off an LED bulb controlled by Android devices, a step for the Web giant into home automation.
Verizon's Home Monitoring and Control system can adjust your lighting, heating and security camera settings while you're on the road.
Real-time management system for home automation to get started in Fios-based pilot project in New Jersey, with wider availability planned for mid-2011.