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Far more than an opener, the Ryobi Ultra-Quiet Garage Door Opener is a game-changing garage hub. Not only does it feature a powerful 2-hp motor to a super-quiet, steel-reinforced belt drive, and motion activated LED light, also built in are seven ports to receive a module of your choosing – a fan, a CO and temperature sensor, a Bluetooth speaker that broadcasts and receives music or phone calls from your smartphone, a retractable electrical cord, a battery backup, and even a laser system to assist with parking in tight spots. Wow!

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The redesigned Nest Protect offers the latest in smoke and carbon monoxide detection, along with other safety features for your home. Access and configure it from your mobile device or the web, including linking it with your Nest thermostat.

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Formerly affordable only by home repair professionals, thermal imaging devices like the Seek Compact are now available to homeowners as small, lightweight cameras that plug directly into your iOS or Android device. Using a free app, they turn your mobile device into a powerful thermal imager. Homeowners now have a versatile tool that opens up a whole new world of detection for a safe and efficient home. Find potential problems – plumbing clogs and leaks, electrical shorts, poor A/C performance, air leaks, and the like – before they turn into major, costly repairs or when hidden evidence might indicate that the problem is already beyond your DIY skills and you need to bring in professional help.

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Bose Sound Touch: The small speaker with size-defying sound. Start with one for a single room or put several throughout the house for awesome audio played from your app. Get it now at Your Home Superstore.

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The Tiny Smart House in Oregon uses current technology throughout. For example, the exterior of the home is monitored by a home security system, notifying the owner when things look and seem a little dicey. Enjoy the tiny house tour!

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The cost of smart home tech has really dropped over the past couple of years. If you’re looking to give it a shot, here are a few suggested products.

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Consumer Reports highlights some of the latest innovations in smart home security systems, voice assistants, and connected appliances.

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Say hello to another bright idea from the window and door experts at Pella! This video introduces the Pella® Insynctive™ family of smart products for your windows and doors. With Pella’s innovation in home automation, you can make life more secure, comfortable and convenient.

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Find out how Sonos One blends great sound with Amazon Alexa, the easy-to-use voice service, for hands-free control of your music and more.

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The 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat has a bigger, sharper screen. And it’s even better at learning what you like. It’s the smart thermostat that monitors your patterns and sets a daily routine based on “your settings”. It also monitors and reports your energy consumption.

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Some people like monitored security systems, some don’t’. If you want to avoid service contracts and monthly fees and can handle self-monitoring of your property via mobile device, the iSmartAlarm may be your solution. With their app, you can access live feeds using your iPhone, iPad or Android device, and monitor and control your security system from anywhere.

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Great video with some humor added to tell you about the Kevo Smart Lock by Kwikset. Kevo provides you Bluetooth-enabled access to your home and allows you to send an “e-key” to those you trust, or to quickly delete them as this video demonstrates.

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Quick demonstration of motorized blinds for your home. These blinds for windows and doors can be opened or closed in any room via remote control or operated via wireless connections that can be managed on a mobile device, even while away from your home. This technology also includes timers to open or close blinds at designated times.

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