Philips Hue Makes Household Lighting Dimmable

Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Switch

The Philips Hue wireless dimming kit is the lightbulb moment that will spark the natural progression into the modern, connected home. Not only does the kit show how simple it is to have clever products in your home, but like all Philips Hue products it is entirely future-proof. Continue reading

Kindle HD6 and Sony Monitor Headphones on Sale Today at Amazon

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Two pretty good tech/lifestyle deals today at Amazon. First, they’ve put a couple of their Kindle Fire tablets on discount again, including the HD6 for just $69, and the HD Fire Kids Edition for $119. Also, the very well-reviewed Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones are down to $55 today. Continue reading

Critical Flaw in Smart Homes and Internet of Things

Graphic of IoT with ZigBee logo

Security researchers identified a critical vulnerability in the wireless standard used for connectivity in many Internet of Things and smart home devices. Continue reading

A New Type of Tabletop Gaming: ePawn Arena

ePawn Arena

I love the mash-up of digital and analog, particularly when it comes to games. It hasn’t always been done well, but I love to see the ways that people are experimenting to combine the fun of playing board games with the powerful capabilities of smartphones and tablets. The latest device to come across my radar is the ePawn Arena. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Fiskars StaySharp Max Reel Push Mower

Fiskars push lawnmower

My life has come full circle, at least in terms of lawn care. When I was a kid, I started cutting grass using my grandfather’s old reel mower. More decades than I care to admit later, I’m once again using a push reel mower and I couldn’t be happier. The Fiskars StaySharp Max Reel Mower is a little more high tech than the one I started with, but the reasons for human power — reducing air and noise pollution while providing exercise — are more important than ever. Continue reading

Final Hours: PancakeBot Kickstarter

PancakeBot Kickstarter

The first time I saw the PancakeBot in action, I was hooked. It was at the 2012 Maker World Faire in New York and it was just fascinating to watch in action. Voluntold by his kids that he needed to create a robot that could print in pancake batter, Miguel had created a machine that actually prints in pancake batter. Continue reading