Perils of Being First: Emberlight Shuts Down Smart Socket Biz

By Julie Jacobson · November 17, 2017 • While everyone else was making smart bulbs, Emberlight was making smart sockets that made it big at Target stores. Now everyone's making smart light fixtures, and the start-up couldn't survive.

Early Reviews of Neeo Remote Control: Gorgeous Hardware, Flawed Software

By Julie Jacobson · November 17, 2017 • After 2.5 years of waiting, early Kickstarter backers unbox their Neeo remote controls to find beautiful hardware but flaky software for anything but common IR commands. They see potential, though.

After Kickstarter: Amazon Launchpad is Live, and Novi Security is There

By Julie Jacobson · August 17, 2015 • After a run on Kickstarter, Novi Security turns to new Amazon Launchpad to pre-launch all-in-one camera, motion detector, smoke detector and siren, but don’t expect any bargains.

Artison USA Utilizes Crowd Funding for Nano 1 Subwoofer

By Robert Archer · October 29, 2014 • Evolving to keep pace with the ever-changing consumer electronics industry, veteran speaker designer Cary Christie, employs new methods to fund R&D, and manufacturing.

LightFreq Features Color and Sound in a Smart Bulb

By Rachel Cericola · August 13, 2014 • New lighting option also provides notifications, intercom features, party modes, and more.

The Real Scammer: The Guy Who Cried ‘Scam’ on Soap Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · March 11, 2014 • Some anonymous guy calling himself Saironek on Reddit says Kickstarter home automation darling Soap is a scam. His ‘evidence’ is silly, Soap is legit, and we think we have the clown’s real name.

Now That’s a Smart Light Bulb!

By Julie Jacobson · December 4, 2013 • I’m not a huge fan of the new “smart bulbs” that can be controlled with a mobile phone, but this battery-powered SmartCharge bulb is a better kind of smart.

25 Home Automation Projects on Crowdfunding: A Roundup

By Julie Jacobson · July 10, 2013 • How 25 smart home projects are faring on Kickstarter and elsewhere: smart bulbs, smart locks, energy management and other home automation (Julie Jacobson/CE Pro)

Sonte Window Film Darkens & Lightens Rooms Wirelessly

By Robert Archer · June 10, 2013 • Just launched on Kickstarter, Sonte's "digital shades" cling to windows to brighten or darken a room. Opacity is controlled via WiFi through an Android/iOS app or simple remote.

Securifi Almond+ is Best $99 Home Automation System

By Julie Jacobson · January 16, 2013 • CES 2013: Tiny Almond+ home automation hub from Securifi packs Gigabit Ethernet router (4 ports), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, ZigBee, macros, apps and cuteness.