Explained: Your Network

Both the most boring and most important part of the connected home. There are three ways to go: Default: Whatever your Internet service provider gives you. All all-in-one box for wired and wireless Internet. Mesh: A collection of small boxes that plug in around your...

Conversation: Gary Gordon Architectural Lighting

Gary Gordon initially worked for a lighting designer expecting to take his knowledge back to his role as Architect. Instead he found his calling, initially launching his own firm, and literally writing the book on interior lighting. Gary agreed to sit down with us and...

Explained: Smarthome Control

Smarthome control breaks down into three tiers: Partitioned: Individual Apps for individual brands in your home. Mini Ecosystem: Popular brands dropped into a single App. Platform: Any brand woven into a single customizable platform. Partitioned lowest cost, highest...

Hanging, hiding & hooking up your TV

Modern TVs can be integrated into the home a lot of different ways. Before we go over each, here are some tips for traditional display hanging... Hanging your TV Metal studs (commonly found in NYC high rises) are not designed to hold the weight of a TV. Attach a back...

How to: Smart Shades

Shades have been the hardest piece of the smarthome equation for a long time. Fortunately options are growing.. Retrofit - Usually a small motor that attaches to your loop chain and pulls your shades for you. Wireless - Custom made all-in-one shades you (or a pro)...

Smart Lighting in 2018

You can accomplish smart lighting through three approaches: Adapting What's There: Smart bulbs, Wi-Fi-connected plugs... Keep your existing stuff and control it via voice or App. Going Wireless: Retrofit your existing wall switches with a new-and-improved wireless...

Solved: Home Audio

Home audio starts with your listening habits. Are you an active or passive listener? Do you prefer music in a specific space or like it to follow you around your home? Everyone falls into one of 3 categories: 50% are Passive Listeners: Music is strictly background....

What to expect in 2018

We're spotting two main tech trends that will dominate lifestyle technology this year. Before we get into each category, let's look at the themes: Voice: Everything, and we mean everything, is integrating voice control in 2018. TVs, speakers, kitchen appliances,...

Maximizing Google Home Mini

Google Home is 6 times more likely to answer your question than Amazon Echo (study by 360i.) While Google's Home Mini is still quite limited in the actions it can perform, there are still a few ways you can maximize its convenience while we wait for software updates...

Hands On: The Frame

Hiding your TV has always been a challenge to pull off. The mechanics of dropping it from a ceiling, lifting an art piece or hiding it behind a mirror are complex before you even get to the wiring, sound and control. The result can be glorious but it's one of the most...

Conversation: Delson or Sherman Architects

We loved meeting design duo Perla Delson and Jeff Sherman. They were kind enough to sit down with us for our series of Architect interviews (and our first filmed interview!) We chat about their design style, process, and blending technology into their designs. Watch...

How to keep your privacy at home

Voice Assistant Amazon Echo and Google Home can't answer your questions without searching the Internet first. This means sending your requests to a server somewhere. The good news is that neither Google nor Amazon are recording anything you say until you use the wake...

We hate Alexa

Alexa, what's another word for hate? "Hate's synonyms include: Hatred." We hatred Alexa. When has there been a product with a wider range of uses that don't work? It nails weather. It slam dunks timers and alarms. That's about it. Yes it can share factoids like a...

The 10 key features of Tesla Semi

The true value of Tesla's semi-truck offering will remain a mystery until its price is revealed (Walmart, care to share?) Its list of features however is so compelling that the upfront cost almost feels like an afterthought. Here are the 10 key ways Tesla Semi...

Review: Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless Headphones

As Google follows Apple's removal of the headphone jack, wireless headphones seem suddenly more relevant. The buds designed for the iPhone X and Pixel 2 are as down-the-middle crowd pleasing as anyone could hope for, but those obsessed with sound will be looking for...

Pixel 2 vs iPhone X: Hands On

Brand loyalists Ruddy Melendez and Richard Rivera each received their new phones, the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 respectively, two weeks ago. Now that they've had enough time to get hands on with the much anticipated smartphones, we thought we'd put them on camera to...

Our Apple Watch Hater Finally Bought One

Our CEO indulges in a fair amount of tech novelty. Drone, electric skateboard, desktop milling machine... One thing he has refused to adopt is the Apple Watch (or iWatch as he calls it.) ...Because it's really dorky. I wear a watch because I appreciate time pieces....

The 2nd Annual AIA CEU Summit

Yesterday was our 2nd annual AIA CEU Summit. With accredited courses by Lutron, Adler Windows, Savant, Seura and Sonance, we're proud to have elevated the Architect experience for continuing education. Thanks to all of our Architect friends for knocking out up to six...

Our trip to Google’s Pop Up Store

To hype up their onslaught of new products, Google opened a pop up store in Union Square this month. We stopped by to play with the upcoming Pixel 2, hear the new collection of connected speakers and get augmented with Stranger Things... Pro tip: Bring a sweater. They...

The Wi-Fi Breach: Two Rules

Most devices on Wi-Fi use one protocol to keep your communication secure. It's called WPA2, and it has just been hacked. Much like last month's Equifax breach the effect is so widespread the question is not whether you've been affected (you should assume you have),...

Google nips language barriers in the Buds

The last 30 days have brought us more products than we can keep track of from Apple, Amazon and Google (not to mention Sonos' Alexa integration and Bowers & Wilkins' intelligent wireless headphones.) One new addition from Google stood out to us. Our Systems Engineer...

Conversation: Designs by Human

Joe: You guys have an event, I think in a couple of weeks, right? Cloud9 Smart: Yeah, we are trying to create the least boring event for architects to go to and earn their AIA credits… You must interface with architects a lot. Is that how you normally get connected to...

Archtober

New York City's seventh annual Architecture and Design Month has begun. Archtober brings four weeks of activities, programs and exhibitions dedicated to the importance of design and architecture across the city. The official Archtober calendar features a tour-able...

Hands On: Apple HomeKit

Apple World Trade Center is one of the few locations currently showcasing HomeKit - Apple's attempt at a smarthome standard. We visited the HomeKit Experience Center in WTC's transportation hub. This was our experience... We knew the software would be great, and it...