Smart Homes

8 Startups Designing Smart Home Devices

Remember the days when the height of high-tech in the home was a 1980s device called The Clapper. Chant it with us, “Clap on. Clap off. The Clapper!” Now, of course, it seems so quaint. The Internet of Things—the inexorable push to connect all the devices in our lives from sprinkler systems to thermostats to […]

The Best Air Purifier Technology Known to Man

The world is a strange place. While most of you reading this sit in your comfortable chairs thinking about all your first world problems, almost half the world lives on less than $2.50 a day. Those people understand the value of money far better than we do, and they’re likely to spend it on acquiring a […]

10 Home Security Startups for Investors to Watch

We’ve talked before about how the “Internet of Things” or IoT is the notion that everything around us will talk to the cloud, or at least be connected and talk to the cloud occasionally. This includes all the things we own. One of the largest investments most will make in their lives is their investment […]

10 Companies Selling Home Batteries

Well over a year ago, we covered 3 startups to watch in the home battery industry. Since then there has been a great deal of movement in home batteries that prompted one of our lovely readers to suggest we take another look at what’s been happening. The outlook for the home battery industry is strong, with some predicting that […]

Robotic Vacuums Sweep iRobot Shares Higher

It’s been a little over a year since we first wrote about iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT) a consumer robotics company that largely sells robotic vacuums. Since that article, shares of IRBT have risen +81% compared to just a +10% return for the NASDAQ index as a whole. In the last 3 months alone, IRBT stock has jumped +37% […]

Investing in Home Automation with Control4

In a recent article, we highlighted an “Internet of Things” IPO from (NASDAQ:ALRM), a company that is offering a full spectrum of home automation solutions along with a “cloud” offering to boot. According to a recent report by Transparency Market Research, the global home automation market was valued at US$4.41 billion in 2014, and is expected […]

An “Internet of Things” IPO From

A few years ago we wrote about an interesting “Internet of Things” (IoT) company called Nest with their “smart thermostat” which provided you with connectivity to your house’s temperature through your smartphone. A few months later, Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion leaving everyone wondering just what Google might be up to next. Some would […]

Nest Smart Thermostats For $249

The desire to save energy by homeowners, a growing awareness of the environment, along with the increasing desire of consumers to want everything controlled by an app on their smartphone has led to the recent rise of “smart thermostats“. In a report issued by Navigant Research, steady growth for smart thermostats is expected through 2020, […]