Smart Devices for Teaching an Old House New Tricks

WIRED | 3/22/2019 | Michael Calore
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You can teach an old house new tricks. Add convenience and energy-saving perspective to your home with these intelligent gadgets.

It may look like a smoke detector, but the RoomMe is really a human detector. The sensor-laden fixture can tell I just walked into the room (by sniffing my smartphone over Bluetooth) and will command connected thermostats, lights, and speakers to calibrate the environment to match my preferences. Here’s the clever bit: One person gets to be the “Room Master” of each sensor, and their desires override everyone else’s—no matter who was in the room first.

Three-outlet - Surge - Protector - Lamp - Fan

With this three-outlet, Wi-Fi-connected surge protector, you can introduce any lamp, fan, or appliance to the internet by simply plugging it in. In the accompanying app, users can program devices to go on or off by time of day or when Siri or some other smart device in the home pings them. Don’t worry, such traffic is all end-to-end encrypted. The strip also collects power consumption data and plots it in easy-to-grok graphs.

Any smart thermostat lets us set the temperature with an app, but this one has voice control: Ask its built-in Alexa to make it warmer or cooler, or to broadcast...
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