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Why Building a Smarthome is Easier Than You Think

The best smarthome products on the market today redefine what we should expect from everyday household objects. But like any good technology, using them together provides an entirely different level of convenience and intelligence.

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5 Essentials for the Well-Connected Home

The next frontier for mobile devices and connected technology is all about the physical domain. Phrases like "smart home" and "the internet of things" are creeping into our collective vocabulary; can those lofty ideas really change your life? Considering the advanced features offered by smart home essentials, and the answer should be obvious.

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Life With Iris: Proliferation

The Iris Smart Kit ($299) does a fantastic job of keeping our home in check, but a quick survey of the complementary products available for the Iris Home Management System, by Lowe’s, had us feeling like a pot-bellied biker with a bone-stock Harley at home. Accordingly, we tested out an Iris Kit army of great add-ons.

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Life With Iris: Cohabitation

In the past, controlling the various aspects of your home meant micro-managing at individual stations: temperature meant adjustments at the thermometer; lights mean hitting the switch; and setting the alarm, well, that usually gets forgotten (sorry sweetie!). Sure, there are some damn fine products out there to streamline home base operations, but, like your niece's Christmas choir recital, they lack the cohesion of a singular voice. The Iris Home Management System by Lowe’s puts you in the executive office of macro-management by instantly offering control of your home, from anywhere you please, through a single application.

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The Start of a Smarter Home

Life With Iris: Installation

Much of what simplifies our lives has become effortless. Typing with our thumbs in swipes and stabs while our car parks itself in front of the restaurant that serves those Instagram-worthy dishes can be learned and perfected before the next status update hits our social media feeds. It truly is a brave new world -- and it doesn’t have to begin outside your doorstep. The same levels of remote control can now just as easily be had for your home thanks to the Iris Home Management System ($179+) from Lowe's.

Temps, they are a-changin'

Ecobee Smart Si Thermostat

We’ve shown you high-tech thermostats before, but while others may have more aesthetic appeal based on their creator's Cupertino-backed resumes, the Ecobee Smart Si ($211) offers more all-around convenient customization for saving energy and money. The Wi-Fi enabled Smart Si

Fanning the flames? There's an app for that.

Escea DX1500 Ultra Wide Fireplace

The Escea DX15000 pushes the snowball of fire-controlling skills kicked off by our ancestors to the next logical platform -- the smartphone. Besides being the first-ever contained gas fireplace available with a 60-inch wide flame, the Escea DX1500 features a

Peer into the future, without the crystal ball

CES 2012: Our Favorite Booths

We kicked off 2012 by visiting not-so-beautiful Las Vegas to attend CES, with the hope of getting a head start on the exciting new products that will launch over the coming year. While we'll continue to highlight gadgets revealed

Meet your home's path to the future

Kickstarter: Twine

Twine looks like the aftermath of a booze-fueled sleepover in Vegas between a pack of Post-its and a bar of soap. Its inanimate and rather blunt form-factor, though, hides the Twine's ambitious purpose. The device was devised by two MIT

Logitech Harmony One

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Let's face it, in today's modern age having a pile of remotes is no longer acceptable. Frankly, it can also cause terrible entertainment meltdowns after a couple of brews (long story). Luckily for us, while we were off mashing buttons in the dark, the