Voice Control for Home

The four DIY voice platforms trying to permeate the home currently are:     Alexa Benefits: Controls more third-party devices than any other platform, and integrates cleanly with Amazon shopping. It also recognizes different voices and adjusts to the behavior of each...

Explained: LED Lighting

When we sat down with lighting expert Gary Gordon, he pointed out 3 common issues in homes and offices: 1. The wrong quantity of light. 2. The space is over-fixtured. 3. There is too much glare. Here are some important concepts to be aware of before designing your...

Explained: Phone Systems

The two main phone system categories in 2018 are: Traditional: A phone system that physically hangs on your wall and routes calls to your desk (usually over traditional copper wires.) Hosted: A system hosted online that routes calls to your desk over your internet...

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...

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...

One week with Amazon’s Echo Show

Last week I unboxed Amazon's latest listening device - the startlingly bulky Echo Show. After a brief setup through the companion App I was talking to Alexa for the first time, her responses finally accompanied visually with Show's integrated screen. Lyrics scrolled...

Conversation: Jeff Jordan Architects

Did you come to New York right after studying Architecture in Michigan? No, once I graduated I moved out to California. I spent three years working in three different offices in San Francisco. And I met my wife out there. We both ended up going to graduate school at...

Apple’s keynote in 2 minutes

Instead of spending two hours watching Apple's keynote, let us break it down for you in 2 minutes: Apple Watch The 3rd generation of Apple Watch comes with cellular built-in so you can leave your phone at home and still be reached. You can also stream Apple Music, and...

How to tech through the storm

We don't always realize our dependence on technology... until a power outage. Absentmindedly flipping the light switch or panicking as our batteries drop another percent, lacking the tools you need will exacerbate any difficult situation. Here are a few basics we...

Samsung Note 8 vs iPhone 8

The next smartphone battle is upon us, with the record breaking Samsung Note 8 now on shelves and the iPhone 8 being announced next month. If you hadn't heard, Note 8 has the greatest looking phone screen of all time. It's not about cramming unnecessary pixels. Note 8...

Looking toward the stars

This week Elon Musk posted the first picture of SpaceX's new space suit. Today's tech billionaires love to dabble in the privatization of space travel (Jeff Bezos has Blue Origin, Richard Branson has Virgin Galactic), but SpaceX is clearly ahead of the curve. Whether...

The quest to make exercise fun

What's holding you back from exercise? No time? No space? Is your routine too mundane? Need someone to hold you accountable? Over the past few years technology has eliminated just about every hurdle keeping us from living more active lifestyles. To find your...

Surf’s up at Samsung

Online rises and retail pivots. Brands are realizing their brick and mortar experiences need to provide something the Internet can't. Something memorable. Clothing stores become concierge-level guideshops (Bonobos). Speaker stores become elegant, fully functioning...