Michael BrownSenior Editor, TechHive

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Michael is the lead editor of IDG's TechHive property, which is focused on the connected-home and home-entertainment markets. He's an early adopter of connected-home technology, having built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products. Michael also reviews home-networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

Notion sensor

Notion aims to make home monitoring simple (and cheap)

The same Notion sensor that monitors your front door can also alert you if your home gets too hot, a window gets broken, or your smoke detector goes off.

Naim Audio Systems Mu-so

Naim Audio Mu-so wireless speaker review: Expensive? Very. Worth it? Oh yeah.

Exquisite design and impeccable audio performance justify this soundbar’s impressive price tag.

Linksys EA8500 front

Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream Wi-Fi router review: MU-MIMO works (more or less)

Most of our benchmark results indicate tri-band routers deliver better performance (but they’re also more expensive).

Roon

Roon is must-have software for hardcore music fans

This could be best music server ever developed for a personal computer.

Vivint Doorbell Camera

Vivint expands its connected-home system with a sophisticated doorbell camera

The doorbell alerts you when visitors arrive, enables you to see and speak with them, turn on lights, and even unlock your door.

Rokue 3

Roku 3 review: Voice search is worth shouting about

This media streamer is fast, well designed, and packed with features.

VuHaus

Free music-video site VuHaus launches with eclectic mix of artists from public radio shows

An online video platform and mobile app, VuHaus features live-recorded studio performances by established artists such as Beck and up-and-comers like The Wind and the Wave.

Wren V5US speaker

Wren Sound Systems V5US speaker review: A versatile, solid-sounding, but ultimately overpriced wireless speaker

This craft-built speaker supports every major wireless streaming protocol, but it’s not enough.

Blue Mo-Fi headphones

Mo-Fi headphones review: Everything you could want in mid-range headphones, and a little something extra

Exquisite design, exceptional comfort, outstanding audio performance; plus, an integrated analog amplifier you might never use.

Linksys EA8500

Linksys is first to market with a working multi-user MIMO router, the $280 EA8500

Yes, there are a few MU-MIMO-“ready” routers on the market today, but the firmware to enable that feature doesn’t exist.

Sharp and Insignia Roku TVs

Roku smart TVs from Sharp, Insignia will debut soon at Best Buy. But do we still need smart TVs?

Sharp's 43- and 50-inch models, and Insignia's 32- and 55-inch models, will all have the Roku Feed feature, but one cool capability remains out of reach.

Oomi Touch

Oomi is a sensor-packed connected-home system looking to break the mold

Indiegogo campaign seeks to raise a modest $50,000; product to ship in October.

Anova Precision Cooker

ANova Precision Cooker review: Sous vide on something of a budget

Provide your own vessel and spend the savings on your main dish.

Bitdefender Box

Bitdefender Box review: Trying hard to be antivirus for the Internet of Things

You could also call it whole-home anti-malware, but I wouldn’t call it ready for widespread deployment.

SmartQsine

SmartQsine's connected pads ensure you'll never run out of anything ever again

This Internet of Things device promises to end the frustration of returning home from the store only to discover that you’re out of the one product you didn’t buy.