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Smart Appliances Come of Age: Selling Timesaving Tech to Busy Buyers

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Aug 5, 2019 10:55:16 AM

Connected home technology, used properly, can save time for what really matters.

Connected appliances have matured in recent years. No longer pitched as simply a way to control your oven on your way home from work, their value as potential time and labor reducers has entered the conversation. That’s smart. Saving time is the Holy Grail of almost any new technology today. But to convincingly make the argument that technology will save time, you have to factor in human behavior and include that variable as part of the consumer’s education. Tech can take on common chores, yes, but only if used thoughtfully—a fact that many fail to acknowledge.

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Experts Predict All-Electric Autos by 2035

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 22, 2019 1:07:13 PM

Improvements in range and solar power charging have fast-tracked normalization of electric vehicles.

It is nonsense to forecast pure electric cars costing the same as traditional ones, then life continuing much as usual. The up-front price of pure electric PE cars will be dropping below that of internal combustion engine ICE ones around 2025. The fundamentals are now clear. Short range electric cars will continue to sell badly because of range and financial anxiety: their resale value after three years can be down 80%. 200 miles/ 320 km is the tipping point where resale value can be only 40% down on purchase price. See the IDTechEx report, "Electric Vehicles 2020-2030" for the full picture of 100 categories of electric vehicle EV by land, water and air.

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Netgear Owes Arlo Camera Owners a Make-Good

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jul 6, 2019 6:59:40 AM


Netgear has left thousands of consumers stuck with malfunctioning Arlo cameras that can't be plugged in safely outdoors, while it moves on to a new model.

A couple of years ago, I installed one of those pricey, $400 Arlo camera systems with remote monitoring to keep an eye on my urban property. It came with a hub and four cameras, and a charger or two.

Arlos, in case you're unfamiliar, run on batteries, potentially for several weeks, if they're not triggered a lot. But my preference has been to leave them plugged in to their usb chargers. I don't see the value in any device that requires regular maintenance and babysitting. I'm busy enough without changing batteries in a bunch of gadgets that die at different intervals.

Sometimes the cameras work great. But too often, they remind me of that poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: ... When she was good, She was very, very good, But when she was bad, she was horrid."

Well, the horrid moments seem to come more frequently with each passing month. I've had two or three cameras fail, one battery go dead, and replaced most of the power cables, with various after-market products. Now another camera has unexplainably failed. I've tried covering the cameras with little silicon condom-type jackets, with no noticeable improvement.

The company keeps upgrading the firmware for the devices, but I've seen no noticeable improvement in reliability from these "improvements."

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From Mindless to Managed

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 29, 2019 12:40:32 PM

The natural evolution of smart systems comes just in time to offer assisted living technology that works in the background. 

The smart home technology market, expected to reach $40 billion by next year, is providing a new level of convenience, efficiency, comfort, independence, and security to homeowners in all walks of life.

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Field Test: Entering the Z-Wave Universe

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

May 22, 2019 9:15:30 AM

As a way to put devices from different manufacturers under one control hub, Z-Wave rises to the task. But don’t expect a big range bump.

For off-the-shelf products, the Z-Wave wireless protocol often gets a call out as a more reliable, secure form of wireless. It differs from typical wireless systems, in that it operates on low-frequency radio bandwidth, specifically in the 800-900 MHz radio frequency range.

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