The New Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote Review

Last week Logitech gave me a demo of the new Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote and I posted the original article on my sister site Cutegeek.com. Unfortunately we may have made an enemy in cyber world because the article got hacked and botched. Since I pride myself on tenacity I am reposting the recovered and rewritten article on Hi-Tech Chic! Continue Reading →

Misfit’s New Smartwatch – The VAPOR

This year at CES Misfit unveiled the VAPOR Smartwatch and they ended up winning 6 CES awards as a result. The VAPOR Smartwatch is the newest addition to Misfit’s product line. I have been a huge fan of Misfit since their very first launch so I do get excited when they launch a new product. Continue Reading →

Press Release: HOME8 TO SHOWCASE INTEGRATED, VIDEO-VERIFIED SECURITY, SAFETY, & HEALTHCARE MONITORING/ALARM SYSTEMS AT CES 2017

One of many press releases I will be posting throughout the day and during CES. Stay tuned for more posts as my embargos for various products are lifted.

LAS VEGAS Home8, the premier video-verified alarm company offering event-video and direct emergency notification for prioritized response and utmost peace of mind, will showcase its ‘in-a-box systems’ at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

Affordable and easily installed in minutes,  Home8 collaborative alarm system is more accurate and responsive than the traditional call center-based alarm service.  Powered by MivaTek’s advanced “system of smart IoT systems” platform, Home8 integrates video-verified Security, Safety, Surveillance/Alarm, Control/Automation, and Healthcare services, including video-integrated medication adherence, inactivity and activity alarm, and indoor/outdoor fall and panic alert assistance.  The MivaTek platform not only forms the foundation of an advanced video-verified collaborative monitoring alarm system, it also offers myriad end-user applications well beyond the scope of any traditional alarm service.

 Home8’s direct emergency notification capability, combined with video-verified evidence, guarantees prioritized responses from law enforcement, fire/rescue, or medical personnel for the utmost peace of mind.

The  Home8 system can be expanded in four ways: Users (such as family members, caregivers, law enforcement, etc.); Locations (such as vacation homes); Domain / Function (such as your business or automobile); and Devices.  What’s more, the system will accommodate devices based on multiple home control protocols, including Z-Wave, ZigBee, and Bluetooth.  

Home8 capitalizes on two growing trends within the security industry: video verification and self-monitoring alarm systems.  “Years ago, we learned that a CMS call without

evidence receives a discretionary response because 98% of the calls are false alarms,” said Joe Liu, CEO of Home8.  “It motivated us to integrate sensors, IP cameras, storage, and hubs seamlessly into a virtual private network under one Unified-IoT™ cloud-app platform for mobile interactive, video-verified alarm, prioritized emergency response, and zero false alarm peace of mind protection.”

The self-monitoring trend has picked up steam in recent years.  In 2015, self-monitored systems comprised 2.3% of the market; research projections from Citi Research estimate that self-installed and monitored systems will control 34% of the market in five years.  A major advantage is cost: With self-monitoring the homeowner does not pay a monthly fee to a monitoring service, which can be anywhere from $20 – $100 per month.  What’s more, self-monitored systems bring greater control to the system owner, as he or she is now responsible for making the decision on whether to call law enforcement.

These “in-a-box,” plug-and-play alarm systems can be purchased from the Home8alarm store at https://store.home8alarm.com/.

ABOUT HOME8

Powered by an advanced, IoT mobile cloud platform, Home8 is the leading video-verified, direct emergency notification for prioritized response alarm system.  Home8 integrates 100% wireless sensors, IP-cameras, and storage-hubs with mobile devices into a system of smart IoT systems to cover Security, Safety, Surveillance/Alarm, Control/Automation, and Healthcare services such as Medication Adherence, Activity/Inactivity Alarm, and Indoor/Outdoor Fall and Panic Alert.  Easily installed, expandable and affordable, Home8 captures crime-scene video evidence, and directs police notification for prioritized response while eliminating false alarms – far more efficient and responsive than call-center-based alarm service.  Free basic video-verified alarm service for the system owner, plus optional collaborative service upgrades, makes Home8 the smartest alarm system investment.  For more information, visit www.home8alarm.com.    

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Elgato Introduces Eve – the World’s First Wall Switch for the Apple HomeKit

eve-lightRecently I installed the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch: throughout my condo. I decided on the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch because it was the easiest to install due to it not having to be hard wired to the light switch. It was also less expensive but I was curious how other light switches compare.

Today Elgato launched the Eve Light Switch which is the world’s first light switch designed for the Apple HomeKit and is a more permanent installation versus my Philips Hue Dimmer Switch which runs on batteries. While wondering if I should go out and purchase the new Eve Light Switch I decided to do a comparison of both products before I change out one switch for the other. Below are my findings and  comparison of Eve Light SwitchPhilips Hue Dimmer Switch, and the Philips Hue Tap Switch to help you  make an educated decision on which light switch works for your home. Also below is the pricing and links to all three switches. Continue Reading →