Upgrade Your Home With 5 Deals on Smart-Home Gear for Alexa, HomeKit, and More

Smart home gear can make life a lot easier, especially for people with low vision — but upgrading your space with all-new tech isn’t cheap. Whether you’re setting up a safer space for an older adult living alone or introducing a little more convenience into your day-to-day life, we want to help you save. Here…

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How Alexa can help identify products

How Alexa can help identify products Smart Homes

Show and Tell from Amazon can help! Show and Tell is designed to help people who are blind or have low vision. Show and Tell identifies common grocery items and other products by using your Echo Show’s camera. Hold up a product such as a canned good in front of your Echo Show’s camera and…

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Five Best Uses for Smart Home Devices for The Blind and Visually Impaired

Five Best Uses for Smart Home Devices for The Blind and Visually Impaired Smart Homes

Smart home devices have been described as being life-changing for the blind and visually impaired. The features of these devices were not designed specifically with the blind and visually impaired in mind, but they have ended up offering countless advantages for the community. Not sure how your smart home device can help you though? Here are…

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Best smart home systems for a connected domicile

Best smart home systems for a connected domicile Smart Homes Tech Tips Technology

Best smart home systems for a connected domicile by Christopher Null, Freelance Contributor, TechHive on May 1, 2018 Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. Whether you want a generalist automation kit or a security-savvy alarm system, these DIY tools are the best of the bunch. From smart light…

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5 Smart Home Technologies to Enhance Your Home Safety

5 Smart Home Technologies to Enhance Your Home Safety Smart Homes

Compared to traditional home security methods, smart home security systems have far more effective capabilities. Innovative home technologies are a proactive way to protect your home because they can provide you with alerts and updates regarding your home’s security. You can remotely control your home appliances through smart technology, keeping your home safer. Smart home…

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Smart Home Technology Enhancements for the Visually Impaired

Smart Home Technology Enhancements for the Visually Impaired Smart Homes Training

Smart home technology can provide visually impaired homeowners, in many cases, with more convenience and added safety than a smart home can provide to homeowners that aren’t visually impaired. Smart home integrators need to understand the unique needs that visually impaired homeowners have to serve them properly. Professional smart home integrators are very good at…

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There’s No Place Like A Smart Home

There’s No Place Like A Smart Home Resources Smart Homes

In the movie, The Wizard Oz, Dorothy recites the famous quote, “there’s no place like home.”  I loved the movie, and I agree with her sentiment about being “home.”  Home tends to be the place where we are most comfortable and a place we often long for after being away on a vacation, business trip,…

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4 Amazon Echo settings that make Alexa easier to talk to

4 Amazon Echo settings that make Alexa easier to talk to Smart Homes

In this post, we will show you some simple settings that can help make your frustration with Alexa vanish. You ask Alexa to perform dozens of tasks throughout the day, from turning on the lights to playing music on your Amazon Echo speaker. But did you know you can change the way Alexa communicates with you, too? We’ll…

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6 Amazon Echo settings you won’t regret changing

6 Amazon Echo settings you won't regret changing Smart Homes

Whether you’ve had your Amazon Echo for days, months or years, you’ll want to update these settings right now. When I unboxed my Amazon Echo for the first time last year, I was excited to see how music sounded on the speaker, control my Ecobee thermostat hands-free and turn on the TV without a remote. However, it wasn’t until…

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3 irritating Amazon Echo pet peeves and how to fix them

3 irritating Amazon Echo pet peeves and how to fix them Smart Homes

Alexa isn’t perfect, but you can help improve it by changing these settings. Since the day I started using an Amazon Echo, I’ve found it convenient for many things — it turns on my TV when I’m too lazy to search for the remote that’s buried in my couch and it controls my Ecobee thermostat when I’m away. However, there…

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4 top Amazon Echo features to perfect and improve now

4 top Amazon Echo features to perfect and improve now Smart Homes

Customize these key features to make Alexa work harder and smarter for you. You didn’t just buy an Amazon Echo speaker to ask about the weather or play games all day. You bought it to help make your life easier — and there’s no better way to do that than to make sure you’ve customized its features to better…

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5 surprising music hacks for your Amazon Echo you need to try

5 surprising music hacks for your Amazon Echo you need to try Smart Homes

If you haven’t been using these Amazon Music features, you need to now. You’ve been using your Amazon Echo to play your favorite songs and playlists. But there are so many more music requests you can give to Alexa when listening to Amazon Music on your smart speaker. For example, you can ask Alexa to…

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