Smart voice assistants are quite popular now. One of the big players in this industry is Amazon with its Echo line of products - most recently, the Echo Flex. What can it do? Does it respect your privacy? Is it worth it? Find out in this comprehensive review!
A lot of people have kettles and wouldn't it be nice if it started boiling water for your morning tea automatically? While there exist many commercial kettles that offer integrated technology, they are often expensive and require replacing your existing device. Lucky for us there is an easy way to convert a regular kettle into a smart one using a cheap smart plug. Learn how to make a smart kettle out of a regular one using a smart plug!
Smart devices are everywhere, and a common concern is the security of it all. Now that WiFi cloud systems are readily available, and are probably the kind of device most people own, the question is, can you trust cloud-based devices? Does owning these devices expose you to hackers? Find out with this in-depth look at the security of cloud devices.
Smart homes allow all sorts of devices to be remotely controlled from timers, apps, and even other devices! One type of device that gets talked about less is smart home access control - things like door handles, deadbolts, or even non-intrusive designs. There are three basic types of commercially available smart locks, and we're going to go into each one to see what benefits they offer compared to other options. We'll also investigate the security implications of using these devices in your home.
If you like to do things your self, it's possible you've thought of creating a smart or Internet of Things (IoT) device that responds to your specific needs. While there exist many commercial options that have come down in cost significantly in the last few years, there are cases where none of these will work well enough for what you need. Sometimes you might also just want to have some fun and build the solution your self, after all, that's what DIY is all about. Find out what IoT platforms are available and which one is best.