Don't-Miss Home tech Stories

Wake Alarm

This alarm clock showers you with targeted beams of light and sound

Soak in the highly focused light and sounds of Wakē first thing in the morning and save your relationship.

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Thread and ZigBee tech will start playing nice to simplify smart home control

The companies will make ZigBee's application layer work with Thread low-power mesh networks

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Accell’s PowerGenius review: The outlets rotate so that none get blocked

This is one of the best solutions to the problem of power adapters blocking adjacent outlets on a power strip that we’ve seen.

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Need a portable pet door? There’s a Kickstarter campaign for that

The Balcony Pets Apartment Pet Door is a modular door that renters can fold up and take with them as they switch homes.

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The Coolbox is a toolbox for the 21st century

This toolbox sounds like a DIYer’s dream, with enough room for a battery, two USB charge ports, Bluetooth speakers, LED lighting, a removable whiteboard, tablet stands, and more.

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Samsung's high-tech doghouse has an automated feeder, tablet TV, and hot tub

With so many companies building smart home for humans, it's about time someone thought of the pets.

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Bison Airlighter review: No ordinary lighter, it’s the Swiss Army knife of fire

This handy device will light your fire, and a whole lot more. If only the Bison Airlighter wasn’t so expensive.

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Ikea's newest furniture can charge your phone wirelessly

New desks, bedside tables, and lamps will feature Qi wireless charging capabilities.

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Tesla plans a home battery pack to help keep the lights on

Tesla's crusade against fossil fuels could soon hit home with a battery-powered energy pack.

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This anti-gravity paint tool eliminates drips and spills, hits Kickstarter on Friday

You don't plug it in and it doesn't use batteries, but this intriguing invention sounds like every homeowners' dream.

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Pixie is a 'Location of Things' key-fob doohickey that helps you find all your things

Pop these bad boys on things you need to catalog, track and locate. You can then hunt for lost items with an augmented reality app.

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Amazon Echo update lets you control iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify with your voice

A new software update for Amazon's virtual assistant device lets you use spoken commands to control iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify playback.

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Drop review: An iPad-connected scale for beginning bakers

You already bring your iPad in the kitchen, so why not make it work harder?

Drop Kitchen Scale makes baking a piece of cake

The Drop scale connects to your iPad to walk you through baking recipes step by step. No more measuring cups!

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Building an Apple-powered smart home? Here's how non-HomeKit devices could work

Your Apple-powered smart home of the future needn't be limited to the HomeKit ecosystem, but venturing outside will bring some restrictions.

The smart home trends that took CES by storm

Here's your glimpse of the home of the future.

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The Internet of Things comes to home beer brewing

The PicoBrew Zymatic beer brewing appliance taps online resources and services, like a cloud-hosted library of beer recipes.