Most people can live without an expensive smart thermostat. If you want to automate your home temperature and save a little cash, then a cheap programmable thermostat is all you need. Here are our favorite programmable thermostats, along with info on why they might be right for you.
Wyze might be one of my favorite companies right now: It makes quality smart home products, with good software and apps, at prices that seem borderline impossible. I’ve been using the inexpensive Wyze Cam for a while, and my only complaint was that it wasn’t actually rated for the outdoor conditions of the porch where I was using it.
Fans of Google hardware are probably itching to get their hands on a new Pixel 4a. That doesn’t appear to be coming in the immediate future, but Google is starting a huge sale. The official Google Store is presenting a new deal every day for a month. The deals come with skits from Fred Armisen.
Wyze has quickly made a name for itself with inexpensive, reliable smarthome equipment, including the popular Wyze Cam. While it’s often used as such, it’s not actually rated for use outdoors. The new Wyze Outdoor Cam makes that upgrade, as well as some other interesting upgrades. It’s available in a limited preview starting at $50.
Philips Hue officially ended support for its first-gen Hue Bridge on April 30th, nearly two months ago. The original Bridge can no longer connect to the internet but still works on local networks with the legacy Philips Hue Bridge v1 app, as well as voice assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
IFTTT is a cloud-based service that links together with your disparate smart home devices. It allows gadgets that generally can’t talk to each other to work together for a better smart home experience. Now, IFTTT is adding 25 more services to its repertoire—and cutting off Wink in the process.
The popular Arlo Video Doorbell is no longer Alexa-exclusive. Starting today, you can send commands to the Video Doorbell over Google Assistant. You can also pull up the Video Doorbell’s live feed to a Google Assistant Smart Display, like the Nest Hub Max or Lenovo Smart Clock.
Wemo, the maker of well known smart plugs, switches, and more, has a device management problem. Often, setting up multiple Wemo devices and getting them to work together is a difficult, arduous task. That was due to the local control method the company used. But it now it’s fixing that by moving to the cloud.
Savant Systems, a company that helps design high-end personal smart home systems, will buy GE Lighting, the wing of GE behind its smart home products like C by GE. The deal includes the GE Lighting branding and its 700 employees.
Withings, maker of hybrid smartwatches, scales, and blood pressure monitors, also makes sleep tracking gadgets. Its latest mat, creatively christened the Sleep Analyzer, is focusing on the common condition of sleep apnea. Withings says that the gadget can detect the irregular sleeping pattern with enough precision for a medical diagnosis, citing trial studies in European hospitals.