23JUL 2016
Smart Home System Design

Smart Home System Design

DESIGN At Wicked Smart Homes, we understand the overall success of a project is determined by the homeowner’s daily experience using and interacting with their smart home system. As a design-build firm, we believe comprehensive and thoughtful system design and engineering up front leads to the best balance of functionality, reliability and aesthetics. This process eliminates…

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21JUL 2016
Smart Home Networking

Smart Home Networking

Right now, as you kick back on your couch and daydream about your next smart home upgrade, you may not realize it, but you’re awash in data. From Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats to Bluetooth-accessible door locks to Z-Wave-connected alarm sensors to Zigbee-networked lightbulbs, there could be an array or wireless signals criss-crossing your house. Why do we need so many different…

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19JUL 2016
Home automation security Systems Integration

Home automation security Systems Integration

Imagine easy control of your home theater / media room, iPod, house lighting, security system, climate, motorized shades & drapery, surveillance cameras, and your pool/spa with your new home automation system. This “smart home” technology is also referred to as systems integration. It allows access and control of all your home’s subsystems with simplicity that can be…

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17JUL 2016
Watch Smart House

Watch Smart House

Inside the smart home. Images: Derek Mead When it comes to overused buzz phrases, smart home is one that s fast approaching an eye roll-inducing boiling point. The idea that the internet of things (there s another) will soon connect all of our appliances to streamline the mere act of being at home has been relentlessly pursued by electronics companies for years now, and…

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15JUL 2016
Smart Home Movie

Smart Home Movie

The smart home has a problem. While people are interested in the technology, they also aren’t ready to buy it. And I don’t blame them. A lack of standards, a disregard for usability, and an incoherent story about what a smart home can do for people all mean that anyone interested in buying a connected product quickly encounters a cautionary tale that makes them think twice…

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13JUL 2016
Bill Gates Smart Home Technology

Bill Gates Smart Home Technology

Microsoft s Cortana personal assistant has a few hundred years until it catches up with its fiction video game counterpart, but it marks the beginning of the company s consumer artificial intelligence efforts. Juan Garzón/CNET Gates warning comes as Microsoft is developing a machine intelligence called Cortana. The software, based off the well-known AI character from the company…

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11JUL 2016
Smart House DVD

Smart House DVD

High-definition television provides crisp, clear images not available with standard cable or satellite imaging. But installing HDTV tuners in every room of your home that has a television set can become expensive; even more costly and difficult would be running component video and digital audio cabling from room to room. Luckily, a couple of simple options are available that…

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09JUL 2016
Apple Home automation Systems

Apple Home automation Systems

Want to start using Apple s HomeKit? Here s everything you need to know. If you ve just picked up a new HomeKit accessory, congratulations! You re taking your home one step into the shiny retro future only science fiction could properly paint. (Mostly, controlling things with Siri is just plain fun.) Because the world of connected accessories can seem scary and a bit daunting…

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