Category Archives: Home Automation

The Linus Lock: A Lot of Reasons to be Excited for its Arrival

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My Nest thermostat at home is one of the things that I consider to be my best investments. It allows me to easily and innovatively control the temperature within the household, which is unlike anything I have seen before. It is very state-of-the-art, and hence, perfect for my contemporary home. With this, I have been long waiting for a lock that could be as smart as my digital thermostat. Well, it seems like I do not have to wait any longer as the Linus lock is soon to hit the market. As early as now, I could not wait to have it installed at home and make my guests envious of a new technology that I have incorporated to change the way I live!

What Is The Nest Linus Lock?

The Linus lock is a product of the partnership between Yale and Nest. One being a name that is unrivalled in the world of locks and the other being a brand that allows you to establish connected homes, there is no doubt that this lock is going to be a hit. More than security and convenience, this lock promises to help you make a connected home and one that is technologically-advanced. This keyless smart lock can be controlled with the use of your smartphone. It has a digital interface, which looks sleek and modern. According to the makers, it is the first within the product category to have the ability to tell if the door is open and to monitor who are the people who have been visiting.

What to Love about the Linus Lock

 There are many reasons why this lock from Nest and Yale will be loved by many. Among others, it would be the fact that it can be easily controlled with the use of an app that you have to download on your smartphones or tablets. With the app, you can create pass codes, which can be changed at any given time. It will also be useful in terms of controlling your Nest devices at home. The lock can be opened with just a tap of your phone, which will result into the obsolescence of keys.

When it comes to security, Linus lock can also prove to be impressive. There is no need to be worried about leaving your doors unlocked. You can check it through your phone and have it locked even if you are in a remote location. It also has layered system of permission mirrors to enhance security.

Indeed, the Linus lock is going to redefine not only security at home but also convenience. It is going to be an ultra-modern way to secure and control your home.

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Our Review of the iRobot Roomba

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In most homes, the iRobot Roomba cleans up more debris than other bots because it gets stuck less and covers more ground. It’s also quieter and more affordable than other worthwhile vacuums, and it has the best across-the-board user ratings of any robot vacuum, period. This is a particularly great bot if you live in smaller quarters with a disconnected or crowded floor plan and mostly bare floors and short rugs, but it can work pretty well in almost any home. Other robots are more suitable for homes with lots of open space and medium-thick rugs, so you should shop around a bit, but the Roomba 650 should be the first bot you look at.

Who should buy a robot vacuum

You’ll still need a human-operated vacuum for tough jobs, but a bot lets you wait longer between big cleanings. You don’t need a robot vacuum. But if you want one, then heck yeah, get one. A robot can do a great job keeping your floors tidy with very little effort on your part. It’s more than just a novelty or a toy. You’ll still need a human-operated vacuum for tough jobs like deep-cleaning dust out of plush carpet, but a bot lets you wait longer between big cleanings, if you want.

The raw cleaning abilities of most worthwhile robot vacuums are similar to those of good cordless vacs or very cheap plug-in models: great for debris like tufts of pet hair, crumbs, grit, and anything else that you can feel stuck to the bottom of your feet, but not so great for fine dust that has settled deep into carpet fibers.

Probably the best part of a robot, though, is that it never procrastinates or gets bored. A robot that runs for an hour a few times per week will always cover more ground and pick up more debris than 10 minutes of half-assed, human-operated cleaning a few times per month, even if you’re using the world’s best vacuum.

And just to set your expectations, robot vacuums are imperfect. They’re designed to adapt to your home and all of its hazards on the fly, and they do that remarkably well considering that every single home is at least a little different. But most people will find that their bot struggles in a particular area of their home—maybe around a certain couch or a corner with a lot of obstacles nearby. The trick is to buy the model that best matches your home and then make adjustments as needed (usually minor) to make the most of your robot helper. A typical life span for a bot is three to five years with good maintenance, which probably seems short given the price. But it’s typical for a midrange vacuum cleaner—and in this case, a robot comes attached to the vac.