Drones: Finally amazing

Getting into drones always seemed like a whole thing. I didn't want to deal with the learning curve, my battery dying over the Hudson river, or getting arrested for flying too close to the wrong building. Last week our CEO brought his drone to work and I did a...

The real cost of a Tesla roof

When Tesla unveiled their Solar Roof tiles last fall we all had the same question: How much? Consumer Reports calculated a max cost of $24.50 per square foot to compete in the market. Tesla just revealed the price, and running the same math came in at an impressive...

Why Echo Show will be a huge success

Amazon just tripled down on voice control for the home. Almost immediately after releasing the wardrobe-centric Echo Look ("Alexa, what should I wear with these jeans?"), they dropped a far more enticing voice-control-camera-concoction. Echo Show Echo Show houses...

Our 30 Day Challenges

It's a simple concept that for some can lead to big changes: Commit to trying something new for 30 days. The idea is that 30 days is just long enough to make or break a habit. I asked our team if they wanted to try it out with me, and about half said yes. Here's what...

10 tasks your voice can finally take care of

Voice recognition was pretty unreliable when it first came to the smartphone market. Now every smartphone has it, and if your initial disappointment turned you off, now is the time to revisit it. We are on a whole new level of voice recognition, and you don't need...

Wanderlust

Just in time for Earth day, Google has already renewed our affection for this planet. The new Google Earth launched Tuesday and is an exciting step toward what will eventually be a detailed to-scale rendering of our entire planet. While it's best experienced in VR,...

Our guide to going remote

Between babies, bed rest and cross-country house hunting our company has gone through a crash course in working remotely. We've learned a lot about the habits and tools needed to stay happy and productive. Here are our best practices. Habits Keep your routine - It...

Explained: Tesla Powerwall

If there is one tech company positioned for greatness over the next 10 years, it's Tesla. Why? Because they know exactly where they're going (and where to invest their profits.) This is Elon Musk's Master Plan posted on his website: Create a low volume car, which...

Our trip to the Luxury Technology Show

The Luxury Technology Show comes to New York City once a year to showcase those lifestyle accessories you might not need, but almost certainly desire. On our odyssey through last week's LTS, we found the occasional gem that was as practical as it was alluring. That's...

Do spring right: Outdoor lighting, TV and sound

We’ve had more requests for outdoor technology lately, and have found 3 compelling approaches – for music, TV and lighting. We wanted to highlight our impressions of each. Recently we had a client who wanted sound around his pool, so we demoed the Sonance Landscape...

Architectural Digest Design Show 2017

For a little inspiration, last Friday we checked out the Architectural Digest Design Show at Piers 92 & 94. Technology standouts included Sony's short throw projectors, Miele's transparent appliances, and malleable lamp ropes from Luke Lamp Co. Check out the...

5 companies we’re jealous of

I was curious so I did the math: 6 years. That's the average tenure at Cloud9 Smart. I think it's safe to say we enjoy blending technology into homes and offices, but that doesn't mean we don't get a little green looking at what other tech companies are up to. We all...

Solved: Streaming video content

Now that streaming viewers are even with cable subscribers... Let's clear up media streaming in 2017. All of the below devices stream YouTube, Netflix, HBO, Amazon Video unless otherwise noted, and thousands of other Apps - in at least 1080p. None of them are slow but...

3 reasons house flippers call us

House flipping is all about math. Find an undervalued property and figure what you could sell it for (that's your ARV or After Repair Value.) Now take 70% of your ARV, and deduct your renovation expenses. The number you end up with is the max you should pay for that...

Does music make us smarter?

Answering that question was tough... until I threw on some music. Then I fell right into the research groove. It's surprising how many offices opt for silence when music has been shown to improve problem-solving, increase productivity, and boost overall mood. We can...

Time for a rant

Father. Musician. Salty AV Engineer. Our hardest-working techspert has been harboring a dark secret... He kind of loathes the tech industry. A love-hate relationship, really. He recognizes the strides and roots for more. Yet for Bruce, every step toward technical...

Why we put a keg in our office

In hindsight I don't know why I was so trepidatious when our CEO asked me to order a kegerator for the office. Had he thought this through? Because I could think of a dozen ways this could go south, from the never-live-it-downs to the call-my-lawyers. I was all...

Smart mirrors are coming

In the fevered race to stick 'Smart' in front of just about every house hold item, one that actually seems suited for a little evolution - yet has remained stagnant - is the mirror. Wouldn't it be nice to know that the weather, your calendar events or traffic alerts...

Meet our new Intern

When Trevor Williamson reached out to us for an internship I sort of blew off meeting him. (I was becoming a father which it turns out can be a tad overwhelming.) Like a good salesman he followed up with the perfect patience and frequency until we were able to...

Houzz is actually incredible useful

If you've embarked on a home build or renovation over the past few years you're probably already familiar with Houzz. It's Pinterest for the home, an endless stream of gorgeous photographs organized by room, style, finish, color, budget, region... all to bring...

SlackDown

One year ago we decided to switch from email to Slack for all internal communications. I asked our team if they missed email. Here is the exchange that followed: A true embracer of change, Ruddy had Slack's back right away... (*Note: Richard Rivera has not been...

The 6 most insane products at CES

Every year CES dazzles tech enthusiasts everywhere with a glimpse into the future. It's an exciting time full of innovation, beauty, and sometimes just pure lunacy. Self-lacing sneakers How many hours a day do you waste tying your shoes? 3? 6? Inspired by Marty...

Our 2016 Tech Awards

2016 was a stand-out year for innovation. Here are our picks for the most forward-thinking products of the year: WiFi: Eero Eero deals with WiFi dead zones by creating a wireless mesh network of unprecedented reliability. It's the most well-reviewed solution around,...

3 days with the Apple AirPods

Apple AirPods finally started shipping, and in a move that surprised no one our resident Apple loyalist Ruddy Melendez had them hanging from his ears immediately. Free from the chronic refreshing of their shipping status Ruddy spent a few days taking them through his...