When Flic first debuted its Smart Button, I thought that we had finally found the perfect alternative to unreliable (and annoying) voice assistants. But you need more than just a simple smart home button if you really want to ditch Alexa and Google. That’s why Flic is working on the Twist smart home controller, a smart home button with a dial that can trigger several custom events and routines.
Google has spent the last year trying to improve its smart assistant Routines, the single-command shortcuts that trigger multiple changes across your home. Earlier this year, the company announced one-tap My Actions buttons that let you start Routines from the Google Home app. And now, Google is quietly rolling out a Delay Start feature that lets you adjust when specific actions within your Routines start.
After spending so much time indoors, it may be hard for families to build new routines for the 2021 to 2022 school year. That’s why Google is rolling out a slew of new features for Nest Hub and Google Assistant, including a major update to the popular Family Bell reminder tool.
Over the past few months, Wyze has released several accessories for its Wyze Cam V3, including a window mount and spotlight. But for those who don’t want to buy the Cam V3 and spotlight separately, Wyze now sells a Wyze Cam Spotlight bundle for $50.
After several years of living the wired lifestyle, Nest Cam owners can finally upgrade to battery-powered devices. Google just announced the new Nest Doorbell (Battery) and Nest Cam (Battery) for $180 each. Launching August 28th, these seem like a fantastic option for renters—though Google also plans to drop a 2nd gen wired Nest Cam and the first Nest Cam with Floodlight later this year.
Smart bulbs can transform your home into an exciting, automated wonderland—but only if your family members agree to stop flipping light switches. Nokia’s solution is to skip the smart bulbs entirely. Its new line of Smart Lighting switches add dimming, automation, and voice control to an entire room, and can be flipped on and off by family members without any consequence.
In May, Wyze announced that component shortages could lead to sporadic price changes across its catalog. The company has since increased the price of its Video Doorbell, Wyze Cam, and more recently, its Wyze Home Monitoring kit. Now it seems that Wyze has quietly raised the price of its Thermostat, Bulb Color, and several other items.
An Eufy security bug gave users complete access to strangers’ accounts, including live video feeds, recordings, camera pan and zoom controls, and private account info. While Eufy claims to have fixed the problem, it suggests that all users unplug and reconnect their camera hardware and log out and back into the Eufy Security app. That’s a bad sign, folks!
Released in 2020, the Wyze Lock is still one of the most affordable smart locks on the market—but it’s hard to recommend without the $25 Keypad. Now, Wyze is offering a free Keypad with all Wyze Lock purchases, a limited-time deal to help you add a layer of security and convenience to your smart home.
Eve Systems just launched its fourth-generation Eve Energy HomeKit smart plug with Thread networking support. With Thread, the latest Eve Energy smart plug can “talk” to other Thread-enabled devices for faster performance, and even extend your network’s range for compatible smart home devices.