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What Is Smart Home Technology?

What if all the devices in your life could connect to the internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, door bells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, cooking utensils, you name it. And what if those devices could all communicate, send you information, and take your commands? It's not science fiction; it's the Internet of Things (IoT), and it's a key component of home automation and smart homes.

Smart Home Hubs and Controllers

Smart devices are electronic devices equipped with wireless protocols that allow them to be controlled and activated by voice command, or more commonly, through mobile app technology that can be accessed through a smartphone or tablet.

Smart Home Surveillance Cameras

Wouldn't it be great to know what's happening at home, anytime, from anywhere? It's easy to do with a smart video camera. Just take out your phone, open your app, and you have an instant view of activity inside or outside your home.

Smart Locks and Home Security Systems

While lock technology has always evolved, only recently did it become smart enough to ditch those keys altogether. Thanks to smart home security technology, we can now enjoy keyless convenience with better awareness and control of who enters our homes.

Smart Heating and Cooling

Smart temperature-control devices — such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures — are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes.

Smart Lighting

When we talk about a smart light bulb, we’re referring to an internet-capable LED light bulb that allows lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely using a smart phone, tablet, or smart home automation system via an app. The app enables you to change the brightness of the bulbs, and if the bulbs have colored LEDs you can change their colors, too.

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Consider these key things first before gifting smart home gadgets.

Let your smart speaker help you shop.

ConnectSense packs a lot into this $60 behemoth that will take over your wall to deliver all sorts of smarts.

CNET editors unbox the Nanoleaf Canvas. These smart LED light panels are touch- and sound-sensitive. They can be controlled any number of ways: on the panel itself, with an app, Alexa, Google Home, Siri, or IFTT. At one point, the light panels are reacting to the music you are listening to in the video. This is the nine panel starter kit which retails for $248. There are expansion kits and larger kits of these smart LED light panels. Music: Below Zero by Jason Pedder, Ben Ziapour, Simon Anderson

Watch over your castle with these contract-free home security systems.

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The LG HomeBrew works with single-use capsules that can make up to a gallon of beer with the push of a button.

In its latest round of feature updates, Amazon invests Alexa with the power of location awareness, expanded timing controls and more.

Here's how to keep an eye on deliveries, even when you're away from home.

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There's nothing like a relaxing glass of wine after a hard day, but keeping wine fresh, safe and stored properly can be a problem. Here are 15 tips that make everything about that glass of white or red even more enjoyable.

Sleep Number's pricey 360 Smart Bed tells you how you slept, but it needs to do much more.

Just like smart speakers, you can command these devices with your voice. Even better, they can use their screens to help illustrate their replies.

From massage to zero gravity and USB chargers, Beautyrest brings it all to the SmartMotion Base 3.0.

This Wi-Fi-connected mattress tracks your sleep and works with connected lights, thermostats and more so you can customize your sleep routine.

This $30 smart plug puts anything you plug into it under Alexa's or Google Assistant's control.

Check out your options for this booming category of tech to figure out which one suits you best.

Your Amazon Echo can send holiday cards for you.

We slept on a bunch of smart beds to see which one serves up the best shut-eye.

We've reviewed every smart display since Amazon launched the Echo Show back in 2017. Here's a quick rundown of the category.

Brava’s $995 countertop oven uses visible and nonvisible light to cook multiple foods at once.

Using a spectrum of visible and non-visible light, Brava cooks your food quickly and without the need for preheating.

Skip preheat, load up all your food, and cook it with light in this smart countertop oven.

Other Google Assistant smart displays look better or sound better and LG's costs more for some reason.

You can control this smart display with your voice or with the touchscreen thanks to Google Assistant.

They don't come cheap, but the self-powering Nuimo Click wireless remotes are a simple, elegant way to control your Philips Hue smart lights and Sonos smart speakers.

Cyber Monday and Black Friday are done, but the deals are not.

From Dec. 16-19, you can get a Eero Home Wi-Fi System and two beacons for $50 off with Amazon's popular smart speaker included.

A few seconds are all you need to get a better night's rest.

Now you can use your Alexa devices to make Skype calls.

Here's how to save big on everything you need to make your (or someone else's) house smart.

Here's how to keep your tree well-hydrated.

Buying stuff using your smart speaker could be the future. For now, it’s hard.

Behold, the stuffing waffle!

Here's how to store your leftovers so they taste as good as fresh.

Is it safe? Why is it popular? How is it made?

The company's map displays air quality around the world.

Shopping for smart home devices this Black Friday? Consider these killer connected home combos that we cobbled together from our favorite deals of the season.

If you're going to be spending time with family this holiday season, try playing these 30 games to avoid awkward conversations.

The Instant Pot makes cooking these Thanksgiving essentials faster and easier.

This bad habit can make you sick.

All is not lost! You can still have a yummy dinner.

'Tis the season for discounted smart home gadgets, and we're keeping a running list of the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Lowe's and more. Check back for regular updates.

All of a sudden, these cheap Alexa accessories sound pretty darned useful.

Smart lights, smart speakers, smart security, smart thermostats... We've seen tons of good Black Friday deals on smart home gadgets from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and more. Here are the 10 that are tempting us the most, ranked.

Jump-start your holiday shopping with deals on these Google-Assistant-enabled devices.

According to local reports, prosecutors believe an Amazon Echo smart speaker may have captured evidence of a double murder.

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We like anything that makes cleaning less of a chore.

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Home automation

Home automation or domotics is building automation for a home, called a smart home or smart house. ...
A home automation system will control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. ...
It may also include home security such as access control and alarm systems. ...
When connected with the Internet, home devices are an important constituent of the Internet of Things. ...
A home automation system typically connects controlled devices to a central hub or gateway. ...
The user interface for control of the system uses either wall-mounted terminals, tablet or desktop computers, a mobile phone application, or a Web interface, that may also be accessible off-site through the Internet. ...