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10 Pricey Gadgets That Are Worth Every Penny
Every year, new high-end gizmos flood the market. Some gadgets prove invaluable and others are quickly forgotten and never missed. So how to know if a pricey prod...
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50 Great Gadgets for a Smarter Home
Everyone loves the charm of a historical home—but the houses of yesteryear have nothing on today's for ease and convenience. Advancements in home technology have ...
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15 New Gadgets Everyone Wants for Christmas
We've gathered the best gifts, from smartphone accessories to nifty little devices, guaranteed to satisfy the tech lovers on your holiday list.
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12 Inventions That Do All Your Chores
Humans have long harnessed the power of machines to help us work better, faster, and smarter. Many of these technologies work in the background of our home, heati...
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6 Technologies Coming Soon to a Home Near You
We all want to provide our families with "all the comforts of home," but just what those comforts are has evolved over the decades, determined largely by the tech...
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Problem Solved: A Cutting-Edge Cure for Household Hassles
You live and learn—theoretically. But I've lived in my creaky old house for nearly 20 years, and I still haven't mast...
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Home Security 2.0: Design and Install Your Own Smart System
Of all the rooms in the house, my personal office is where I spend the most time. Thickly carpeted and paneled in woo...
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No Gimmicks: 6 New Home Technologies That Really Matter
Digital advances have dramatically reshaped our daily lives, yet for the most part, today's typical home isn't very different from a home built 50 years ago. Ther...
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10 Money-Saving Gadgets That Pay for Themselves
It may seem like a paradox, but sometimes you have to spend a little money to save a lot of green. Investing in just a few little upgrades like energy-efficient l...
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The Best 9 Smart Home Gadgets of 2015
While some would say smart-home products are a luxury, others would argue that they are the way of the future. Programmable thermostats, smart switches, and even ...
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10 Life-Changing Buys to Help You Survive Winter Mornings
Cold, dark, dreary. Winter mornings can be enough to make you hit the snooze button and crawl back into bed. Luckily there are a number of life-savers that can ma...
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12 Gadgets Every Homeowner Wants for Christmas
With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to start making your gift list and checking it twice. But with so many gadgets on the market today, weeding t...
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7 Features That Define the New American Home
Indoor plumbing. Electric lights. We take these things for granted today, but there was a time when such basic conveniences were novel and sought after. Of course...
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This Motion-Sensing Dimmer Fully Automates Your Lighting
If you've bought new light bulbs anytime in the last few years, you know the selection has changed dramatically for t...
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Never Lose ANYTHING with Tile Tracking Tags
A panicked frenzy over misplaced items as you're rushing out the door—we've all been there, and the stressful search ...
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Get Instant Alerts Whenever Leaks Threaten Your Home
With the exception of fire, water poses the greatest threat to our homes, whether it's a slow-and-steady leak or a su...
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Is This One App Going to Change DIY Forever?
Even if you're a veteran do-it-yourselfer and hip to the many different avenues for project research available on the...
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Scout: A Next-Generation Home Security System
Joining the ranks of smart-home gadgets and gizmos is Scout, a completely wireless, internet-connected home security ...
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Built-In USB Ports Redefine the Wall Socket
In 2015, people are as likely to charge a digital device as they are to plug in a table lamp or a hair dryer. But whi...
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Meet the Next Generation of High-Tech Kitchen Appliances
How'd you like to cook your dinner from your desk and have a hot meal waiting for you when you get home? Sounds pretty good, and it can easily be a reality for an...
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The World's First and Only $99 Light Bulb
Light bulbs didn't change for decades—arguably for a full century. But then, somewhat all of a sudden, a confluence o...
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5 New Smart Home Gadgets for 2015
As surely as the tides ebb and flow, each new year retires older technology and witnesses the arrival of a new genera...
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The Toilets of Tomorrow
High-tech appliances, gadgets, and gizmos are steadily marching into all corners of our lives. So it only makes sense that advanced technology would insinuate its...
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New & Notable: 8 High-Tech Home Security Gadgets
In our high-tech world, keeping your home fully protected is easier than it's ever been. Vastly more sophisticated than those blaring door alarms of yesteryear, t...
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Welcome to AT&T Digital Life: The New Smart Home Security Solution
When it comes to home security, we've certainly come a long, long way from hanging signs that caution "beware of dog"...
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12 House Functions You Didn't Know You Could Control from Your Phone
Thanks to the Internet and ever-improving mobile technology, smartphones let you hold the world in your hand. You can video chat with a friend in Dubai, look up t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Central Vacuums
Consider this: In Canada, about 40% of homes are equipped with central vacuum systems. In the U. S. , the figure is l...
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9 Solar Gadgets That Have Us Aglow
Backyards and sunshine go together like hot dogs and mustard. So do these cool new solar gadgets designed to provide light, sound and added convenience to outdoor...
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9 Ways to Turn Your House into a Smart Home
From self-programming thermostats to voice-activated television controls, here are 9 appliances, devices, and gadgets designed to increase your home's tech IQ.
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Waterproof Gadgets to Revolutionize Your Shower Experience
Whether you want to watch TV, write a screenplay, or simply enhance your shower experience, these high-tech upgrades are sure to propel your bath into the 21st ce...
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Toward the Digital Home
What Is Structured Wiring?Structured wiring is a generic term used to describe many different types of residential wi...
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The Internet-Enabled Home
It’s hard to imagine a house without the Internet, which is being leveraged in more ways by the home’s subsystems, ap...
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Automation for the Smart Home
Like any system, home automation is available on a variety of levels—from the simple to the complex, the ready-to-ins...
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Home Automation Alliances
Home automation systems must talk to one another, but how they do it can vary from company to company and product to ...
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Green Homes—Electronic Controls
Today’s home automation products allow homeowners to take an active role in managing power consumption while controll...
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Selecting Appliances
When researching and selecting appliances, keep a tally of a week’s usage to help you decide what capacity and featur...
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Smart Homes Save Time and Energy
Odds are each night you check to make sure the doors are locked, lights turned off, and windows closed. If you had a ...
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New Tech for Old Homes: 5 Easy Upgrades
There was a time when someone who loves old homes would have found it tough to satisfy his inner high-tech geek. But ...
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VTech Video Doorbell Keeps Simplicity at Your Fingertips
Maintaining your home used to require close attention and diligent care. Thanks to a bevy of home automation products...
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12 Gadgets to Lead Your Home into the Future
Sick of housekeeping and home maintenance? Worry not. These home automation products do it all for you—no kidding!
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Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gadget-Lovers
Tool or toy? For the do-it-yourself, that line is always gray. Browse ten fun and practical holiday gifts for the gadget-crazy handyperson in your life.
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Automation
Whole-home wiring systems, or smart home systems, have been around for decades, but it’s only since wireless communic...
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One-Touch Automation for Your Home
Light switches are a problem in our home. Every single light switch is in the wrong place—or at least it always seems...
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New Smart Home Option: AT&T's Digital Life
Technology is permeating our domestic lives and "smart homes" are at the apex of this movement. Communications giant ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Smart Appliances
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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The Benefits of a Central Vacuum System
When we were weighing options for our home, a new construction, I was almost certain we wouldn’t elect to put in a ce...
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Heavy-Duty Garage Door Opener and Features
Bob checks out a Sears garage door opener-- at 3/4 horsepower, it's among the strongest on the market.
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Kitchen Internet Appliance
Brent Thompson (from IceBox) joins Bob in the kitchen to talk about a new Internet appliance.
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Structured Wiring Options
Bob and Tim Woods (of Internet Home Alliance) discuss the basics of structured wiring and connectivity in the basement of the Vermont farmhouse.
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Home Technology Update
Bob meets up with Tim Woods (of the Internet Home Alliance) in the basement of the Quechee home to hear about the progress made integrating the connected home tec...
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Reviewing the Features of OnStar and the Home Entertainment Center
Bob checks email from his truck using GM OnStar's Virtual Advisor functionality. He then meets with Tim Woods (from the Internet Home Alliance) to check out the P...
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Kinetico Water Purification System and Gas-Fired Water Heater
Bob explains how the Kinetico water purification system works and reviews the A.O. Smith ProMax 75 gas-fired water heater.
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Reviewing Satellite Dish Features and the Master Bedroom
Bob experiences the Panasonic Replay TV with the show-stopper feature and he tours the master bedroom suite, admiring the space, scope, and the view.
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Structured Wiring Installation
Bob joins Tim Woods (from Internet Home Alliance) in the basement to look over the network connection center, the area responsible for the homeowners' internet, t...
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Interlocking Beech Flooring, Anti-Static Carpeting, and the Media Room
Bob looks at the beech flooring in the key hall, before moving to the media room to discuss the carpeting with Gary Johnston (from DuPont) and the electronic comp...
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Manufacturing Photovoltaic Devices at the Global Solar Factory
Bob visits the Global Solar factory in Tucson, AZ to see how they company manufactures its unique solar-electric (photovoltaic) devices.
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Networking, Entertainment, and Security Wiring for the Home
Bob Ryley meets with Ken Frankel (from Lucent Technologies) to discuss the new HomeStar wiring system.
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Discussing the Home Automation System
Bob meets with Tom Morgan (from Home Automation) to view and discuss the "brain" of the home automation system. Next, Bob checks in with the wiring contractor to ...
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Technology Systems in the Governor's Mansion
Bob inspects the remote device, controlling the PA system, HVAC, lighting, and entertainment systems. In the basement, Bob Ryley is exploring the wires and cables...
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Wiring the Virginia Governor's Mansion
Bob meets with James Gilmore, the governor of Virginia at the time of the executive mansion's restoration. Gilmore stresses the practical and symbolic importance ...
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Mahogany Deck and Kitchen Appliances
Carpenter Bob Ryley works on the mahogany deck, while new kitchen appliances are installed and the lighting and cabinets undergo examination.
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Installing the Garage Door Opener
The garage door openers are installed on the automotive end of the garage. Bob reviews the brackets and beams used to mount the opener's drive, as well as the cha...
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Garage Door Opener Installation
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a Craftsman garage door opener.
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