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Tech mavens share their tips on how to take your home into the 21st century.

Ikea and Sonos launch speakers that double as lamps and shelves

Is it a lamp? Is it a speaker? It’s both. The Symfonisk line of speakers are designed to blend into the home in a very literal way.

Facebook is teaching AI how to best navigate your home

The company has announced Habitat, a new platform that hosts simulated environments where AI can learn navigational skills.

Samsung is launching colorful refrigerators catered to millennials

Its new line of "Bespoke" fridges come in a series of shapes and colors that can be customized for any kitchen.

Samsung made a TV for millennials obsessed with vertical videos

Samsung’s newest TV, the Sero, has a QLED screen that’s designed to display vertically shot videos.

Bang & Olufsen’s new $20,000 TV has speakers that fan out like wings

The 77-inch OLED screen crouches behind two oak and aluminum-banded panels that are, in fact, the TV’s sound system.

Casper now sells a smart nightlight

Casper Glow connects to your phone so you can program it to dim in sync with your sleep cycle.

How to save on utility bills

Reduce your carbon footprint and increase your savings with these tips from the pros.

Ikea is launching affordable smart blinds this April

Two years after releasing smart lightbulbs, Ikea is back with motorized blinds that rise and lower with the touch of a button.

Samsung’s designer Serif TV is now voice-activated

At CES 2019, Samsung is showing off an updated version of its sleek QLED TV designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to evoke the shape of a serif capital I.

AI-powered home security system is designed to reduce false alarms

The three-camera system uses "computer vision and deep learning algorithms" to recognize potential break-ins before they happen.

Why voice assistants don’t understand people who stutter

Whether it’s relaying your name to a non-human operator or telling Google to turn up the lights in your home, we’re talking to more robots—but the technology is leaving people who stutter behind.

Facebook enters the home assistant market with Portal

Facebook just launched its first hardware product, and it’s an Alexa-meets-Google Home-meets-Apple HomePod breed of device.

App-controlled, video smart lock is like a personal doorman

The Gate smart lock has two-way audio and a 150-degree wide-angle built-in camera.

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Where the ‘home of the future’ goes from here

After building a prefab smart home from scratch in six months, we explore how the "home of the future" can continue to evolve.

Samsung’s got a smart speaker and it looks like a high-tech planter

Google has Home; Amazon has Echo; Apple has HomePod; and now Samsung is entering the ever-crowding space with Galaxy Home.

4 all-in-one security systems for your smart home

The dawn of the Internet of Things has made keeping an eye on your home that much easier.

Smart TVs 101: Everything you need to know

Unlike conventional television sets, smart TVs let users stream internet content, check social media, and more. Here are the pros and cons you need to know.

A beginner’s guide to smart locks

Smart locks have become some of the most popular home tech products in the United States, but how practical are they, really?

How to choose the best home security system

We went to the home security experts to understand the differences between systems and key features you should consider before installing.

7 home tech products to upgrade your space right now

With Apple’s iOS 10 and the company’s new Home app beaming onto devices the world over, we’ve rounded up 7 compatible products to smarten up your home.

How to turn your home into a smart home

Home technologies can offer unprecedented levels of information and automation, but with so many places to start, it’s hard to know where to start. Tech mavens from Nest, Amazon, and more share their tips for how to make your dumb home smart.

What's the deal with wireless charging furniture?

We talked with Grant Reig, Product Manager at the MIT-born wireless energy company WiTricity, to find out everything you need to know about this brave new world of cord-free, device-charging goods.