Category: Home Security

The Triby family phone: Finally you can ditch that landline

This week at the International CES, I was honored to sit down with Andrea Smith of MommyTech TV (link coming soon!) and share some of my favorite products for families that I had seen at the show early on. I knew exactly what I wanted my first pick to be: The Triby wireless hands-free speaker by French company, Invoxia. If you’re someone like me who’s ditched the land line at home, or who’d like an excuse to, this is the perfect way to do just that, while still keeping the home front connected. It’s essentially a Bluetooth-enabled speaker phone that...

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Leeo: The new smart nightlight that monitors your smoke detectors too

Having kids means having a nightlight. These handy little things keep beneath-the-bed monsters at bay and light the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. So it was only a matter of time before this classic plug-in got an upgrade. Meet the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight. In addition to lighting the darker corners and hallways of your home with millions of cool colors, Leeo also monitors your existing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and connects to a free iOS app (Android version coming soon) via WiFi, so that it can alert you to emergencies.     What makes the Leeo nightlight smart...

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Two truly fantastic new baby monitors for very lucky new parents

With a baby in a more predictive sleep pattern (finally!), I’m thankful that I’m not spending my evenings and wee hours sitting on the edge of my bed staring down the baby monitor, as fun as that was. But for the climbing-out-of-the-crib stage of life, thankfully, there now a a couple of great baby monitors on the market that I have my eye on: the Motorola MBP36S wireless baby monitor and the iBaby M6 monitor.   Motorola MBP36S Baby Monitor The Motorola MBP36S isn’t quite the catchiest name (like anyone with baby brain will remember “MPB36S” when we walk into a store looking for it), but it’s a...

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Got an old iOS device lying around? The Presence app turns it into a home security system, free.

We have covered many ways to recycle your tech devices in the past, but if you want to create an amazing new use from an older device, like turning it into a baby monitor, home security system or having a way to see what exactly those kids are doing in the basement while you’re upstairs, you’re going to want to know more about the Presence app. I have a couple of old iPhones lying around the house and while they’re too old at this point to sell back for any decent sum, it’s nice to know that now they actually have a use beyond sitting...

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Can my WiFi baby monitor be hacked by predators? Reader Q+A

For the last year or so, erroneous reports of “hacked” baby monitor systems that are WiFi enabled have been perpetuated by the media–and trickled down to our readers, who understandably email us to ask about the potential of danger with WiFi baby monitors like the D-Link Baby Camera (above) or the Angelcare AC1200 baby monitor. Of course we wouldn’t recommend them if we thought they were wildly unsafe–though whether you need a video monitor or not is entirely up to you. Also, we don’t blame parents at all for being freaked out of the idea of a stranger virtually in your...

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Wi-Fi baby monitors: The new D-Link Baby Camera

I’m seeing no shortage of Wi-Fi baby monitors popping up and for good reason. The ability to check on your baby with your smartphone or tablet is super convenient.  I recently tested out the new D-Link HD Wi-Fi Baby Camera, which gives you remote access from your mobile device or laptop. If you’re in the market for a video baby monitor, here’s why you’ll want to take a second look at this one in particular. Out of the box, the D-Link comes with a compact camera which fits into the palm of your hand, the power cord, and mounting accessories....

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The Angelcare AC1200 all-in-one baby monitor for smartphone. Is it worth it?

As a first-time new mom, I didn’t have a baby monitor myself. At first  I worried a lot about my son while he slept; I checked on him constantly, which meant I didn’t sleep much. Of course I eventually learned that he was fine and I could ignore those baby noises and get some sleep myself. So I have to say I have never been a big baby monitor advocate.  But when I saw the features of the newest Angelcare monitor, the Angelcare AC1200 Video, Movement and Sound Monitor, I was intrigued enough to give it a try and see...

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The innovations of CES: Home security systems get high tech

While wearable fitness tech was easily the most buzzed-about topic at the International CES this year (and more on that in a bit), one trend I was really excited about for families is all the innovation in the world of home security systems. From baby monitors to Skype-enabled digital watchdogs for your front door, there’s so much that families should take a look at. And we’re thrilled that our three-part series is sponsored by our partner Whirlpool, who supports all kinds of cutting-edge innovations in the home, including great design, which is clearly evident in everything you see here....

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Piquing our Geek: August Smart Lock

I’m not sure about you but I think I win the award for most keys lost. Well that’s all about to change thanks to this amazing new technology. The August Smart Lock is actually safer than keys, and gives you access to any place that you have the lock installed with your smart phone. But even cooler, it gives you control over who has access as well. Once you install the lock on your door, which slips over the interior portion of your door (not major hardware required!), the lock will sense your approach and open automatically. Whoa! And...

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DIY video monitoring that’s smarter (and free-r) than it sounds

There are times as a mom when not only do I wish I had three sets of arms, but three sets of eyes as well. That’s why I was interested in a new DIY video monitoring system called iWatchLife. Especially because it’s completely free. DIY and video monitoring sounds like a not necessarily smart combo, but rest assured, it’s very easy. Basically you need the free iWatchLife software, a webcam and an Internet connection. Using your laptop’s built-in webcam or an external camera, you can set up wherever you want to monitor and connect to your iWatchLife account. (You...

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