These Smart Light Switches Require Zero Wiring

The ultimate expression of the lazy smart home is probably turning the lights off from your phone. It's not necessary, and it probably doesn't even save any time; but damn it's cool. This switch will let you do that, without needing to be an electrical engineer. » 3/26/15 10:00pm Thursday 10:00pm

Add Smart Lighting To Your Dumb Home On the Cheap, Today Only

Lighting is one of the easiest "smart" upgrades you can make to your home, and Home Depot is having a one-day deal on the gear you'll need to get started. » 2/26/15 9:45am 2/26/15 9:45am

How Creeps Will Use the Internet to Break into Your Home

Your refrigerator is sending spam. Your front door is running buggy firmware that tells you the deadbolt is locked (when it's not). And the kid next door is pirating music over your wifi network, thanks to a backdoor in your thermostat app. All the internet-enabled things that make your home "smart" are also turning… » 2/23/15 11:17am 2/23/15 11:17am

Nest Can Now Talk To Your Lights, Locks, and More

This morning, Nest continued its ongoing march towards connecting every last gadget you own to its platform, announcing 15 new partners in its Works With Nest developer program. Coming soon? Everything from fridges to light bulbs. » 1/05/15 10:45am 1/05/15 10:45am

WeMo Beefs Up Smart Home Lineup With Four New Sensors

Right now, piecing together a smart home, your very own domicile outfitted to perfectly fit your life, is a confusing cobweb of wireless standards, compatibility, and brands—lots and lots of brands. But the first step into this brave new connected world is just giving your home awareness, and that's what Belkin WeMo's… » 1/04/15 7:00pm 1/04/15 7:00pm

9 Gifts to Turn a House Into a Smart Home

The number of connected home devices has skyrocketed in the past dozen months, and your loved ones might feel a little left out if they're not controlling appliances with a phone. Let's fix that, shall we? » 12/11/14 10:55am 12/11/14 10:55am

Quirky and GE Launch Seven New Gadgets To Make Your Smart Home Smarter

Quirky, the company that helps turn crazy inventions into things you can actually buy, has announced seven new gizmos to help raise the IQ of your home. They include inexpensive devices that detect moisture levels or energy consumption, but also one product—a smart thermostat—aimed at giving smart home leaders like… » 11/11/14 12:06pm 11/11/14 12:06pm

Leeo SmartAlert Review: A $100 Night Light That Listens For Fire

If your smoke alarm starts wailing and you're not home to hear it, you'd better hope one of your neighbors does — or else you might come home to a smoldering pile of rubble. But with the Leeo smart night light, even if your nearest neighbor is miles away, you'll be alerted to potential fires as soon as the alarm goes… » 10/21/14 8:00am 10/21/14 8:00am

Apple TV Gets One Step Closer to Becoming Your Smart Home Hub

Apple TV has long seemed like a natural fit as a hub for Apple's smart home ambitions, even before those ambitions were codified in HomeKit. Today, we finally have a good look at exactly how that's going to work in practice. » 10/07/14 4:09pm 10/07/14 4:09pm

Report: Amazon Wants Your Smart Home To Know What You Need Before You Do

Despite having almost a quarter of a billion active users, Amazon is struggling to find a footing for its hardware in peoples' homes. You might have ten old Amazon boxes lying around—but did any of them contain a Fire phone? A new report from Reuters details how Jeff Bezos plans to change that by doubling down on… » 9/24/14 9:08am 9/24/14 9:08am

Here's How Nest Will Work Together With Your Dropcam Now

When Nest acquired Dropcam for $555 million earlier this summer, it seemed like an obvious move: Nest has sensors out the wazoo, but no camera. We hadn't heard much about integration between the two companies, though, until today, when Nest announced exactly how the devices will work together. » 9/09/14 9:00am 9/09/14 9:00am

Give Your Home a Brain with Today's Amazon Gold Box Deal

If you're smart home-curious, Belkin's WeMo line of outlet and light switches is a great gateway drug into the world of home automation, and several of the most popular models are on sale right now. » 9/03/14 8:45am 9/03/14 8:45am

Hilton's Going to Make Hotel Room Keys Obsolete

Smartphones have been killing off fogey tech since the first iPhone. Goodbye MP3 player. So long stopwatch. Good riddance physical maps. Now, with some help from Hilton hotels, room keys are next to face extinction. » 7/28/14 10:40am 7/28/14 10:40am

How Nest Is Already Using All That Data From Its Army of Smoke Alarms

The big news from Nest today is that Protect is back on the shelves. But lost in the shuffle is a more interesting tidbit from the company: Its first report on data culled from the alarms of hundreds of thousands of users. It's a glimpse at how Nest (and Google) can use their army of home-based smart hardware for the… » 6/17/14 4:20pm 6/17/14 4:20pm

Bluetooth-Controlled LED Bulbs That Create Their Own Wireless Network

Coincidentally timed with Apple's WWDC HomeKit announcement, Samsung has revealed a new line of smart LED lightbulbs that communicate with your phone, and each other, using a mesh Bluetooth network they automatically create. » 6/04/14 3:20pm 6/04/14 3:20pm

Here's How Microsoft Imagined the Smart Home of the Future In 1999

Early rumors may have hinted that Apple had a fully integrated smart home up its sleeve. But after today's WWDC, we know that's not the case. And it's unclear what developers are going to do with Apple's HomeKit, a piecemeal tease that implies you'll soon be able to control your smart toaster with your iPhone. But in… » 6/02/14 6:01pm 6/02/14 6:01pm

Apple's HomeKit Is an iPhone-Powered Universe of Gadgets

Instead of jumping head first into the smart home market by allowing iOS users to (finally) control all of their connected appliances and devices from a single app, Apple has instead decided to tip-toe through the connected home's front door with a new API feature called HomeKit that ensures everything can be securely… » 6/02/14 2:35pm 6/02/14 2:35pm

Report: Google and Nest Want to Offer Home Surveillance

Google is reportedly hoping to add home security to Nest's portfolio. According to The Information, it's been considering a purchase of Dropcam—the worldwide leader in cloud-powered remote monitoring systems. » 5/27/14 3:33am 5/27/14 3:33am

Just Flipping This Wireless Switch Is Enough to Power It

You might think that the humble light switch is so simple that it couldn't really evolve much further—but you'd be wrong. Because this wireless switch, designed to work with the new breed of wireless bulbs, can harvest all the energy it needs to function from a button press. » 1/07/14 8:40am 1/07/14 8:40am

GIZMODO at 2012 Smart Home—New Gadgets!

Last year Gizmodo and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago partnered up to curate the technology for the Smart Home: Green + Wired. The exhibit recently re-opened for 2012 with new furnishings and a few our favorite new gadgets. MSI did an incredible job in 2011 creating a truly Smart Home that we wished we… » 8/31/12 6:40pm 8/31/12 6:40pm