5 life-changing innovations

Graphene A one-atom-thick form of carbon that's flexible yet 200 times stronger than steel. Graphene isn't new, but only now are we beginning to produce it (or close versions of it) affordably. Graphene will allow for bendable electronics, exponentially longer lasting...

Conversation: Apollo Electric

We recently had the chance to chat with George Wasilewski, President of Apollo Electric, on the intersection of technology and electrical, and the importance of reputation in growing a successful business. How long have you been an electrician? I’ve been an...

The coolest products at CE WEEK

New York's largest technology show is happening as we speak, and innovation is strong this year. Here's our 10 favorite products at CE WEEK: Gosun Stove - This solar-powered cooker is so effective at capturing ultraviolet light that it still works in (light) cloud...

Sean Cooney stopped an assault

The following is a real, unembellished account of Sean Cooney's morning last Friday July 7th... Suit-clad and umbrella in tow, Sean Cooney was walking down Park Avenue toward his 11am appointment. Just passed 29th street a residential door swung open and a young woman...

8 ways to eco-commute

Solowheel - Riding an electric unicycle might be a strange look, but with 2000W of near-silent power the Solowheel can carry you 10 miles on a single charge at up to 10 miles per hour. It's weather-proof, only 22 pounds and charges in 2 hours, making it a viable...

The Pocket Diet

They're not the first startup to make the promise: One card to replace them all. A single secure card for that ever-expanding collection of plastic. Where others have failed (Stratos, Coin, Swyp, Plastc) Fuze seems to have the most potential yet. With over $1.8...

The future of grocery stores

"Welcome to Whole Foods! Your groceries are boxed up and ready for you on your left but please... stay a while." Wow, she was nice. And this place is immaculate. You should really give your food a quick inspection. The swiss chard was wilted last time you chose home...

Our favorite subscription boxes

We're in the convenience business, and nothing feels more cushy than a curated subscription box arriving at your door step. Since Birchbox started the trend in 2010, over 600 others have followed suit. Now you can get just about anything delivered to your door every...

Apple HomePod vs Sonos

HomePod will "reinvent home audio." Apple confidently announced their new smart speaker this week, which aims to deliver the audio quality of Sonos with the listening skills of Amazon Echo. Usually when Apple steps into your ring you get scared, but Sonos didn't...

Recap: Our 30-Day Challenge

Is 30 days enough time to make or break a habit? We used the month of May to put the theory to the test. Through a lot of blood, sweat and sugar-free-cookie-alternatives we make it through. Here's how we did, beginning with (not that it's a competition) our resident...

Toy of the year

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...

Conversation: Eric J Smith Architect

How long have you been practicing architecture? Since 1984. This practice will be 30 years old this October. And what's your geographical footprint? I've been very fortunate. We do custom homes from apartments, townhouses, renovations, new homes... It's taken us...

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...

Don’t get hacked

When someone says “home security” what do you think of? Alarm systems? Surveillance cameras? On-alert dogs? These days physical protection may no longer be the biggest concern when looking to safeguard you and your family’s well being. As technology increasingly...

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...