A DIY Smart-Home Built with Smartians

Triggers, hubs and trinkets to build your own smart-home

Thus far, the terms “smart-home” and DIY haven’t been synonymous.  Consumers are able to purchase products that make mundane tasks around the house a bit easier, but the process of bringing a home into the 21st century is generally costly and pre-designed. However, Smartians, from Amsterdam-based FROLIC Studio, is a set of motorized knobs and switches meant for making the most of offline products you …

Traeger Grills Aren’t Technically Grills

Insight into the machine and its owners with CEO Jeremy Andrus

A Traeger Grill isn’t technically a grill at all. They’re not like the gas or charcoal grills we’re familiar with, rather they are wood-powered electric outdoor convection oven and smoker hybrid. Their precision is unmatched, and users can set the temperature using the grill’s controls or the app (which also has great recipes and other content). Wood pellets are burned, generating heat and smoke for …

Amazon’s Echo Show Hints at the Future of TV

Beyond a screen, microphone and speaker upgrade, Amazon’s new Echo Show (announced last week with a slew of other refined and amped-up products–a microwave included) opens up a new dialogue surrounding the future of TV hardware. It may look like a tablet head-on, but from streaming live TV content (NBC and Hulu) to its preference not to be touched (despite having a touchscreen, the microphones …