CABDA Review

This was the first time I’ve had the chance to go to the CABDA expo, and as a cyclist it was great to meet and chat with the companies that make the kit I like. Much of what I saw wasn’t that relevant to the site (i.e. droolworthy wheels), but there were several things that were; with a few more […]

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Gocycle Electric Commuter Bicycle

I don’t know much about electric bicycles, except that they are fun to pass, so I was glad to get the chance to talk to Gocycle about their bicycles as CABDA. There are a few things that make them stand out compared to the other electric bikes out there, with the not-a-standard-bike design being the thing that most attracted me […]

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Hubitat releases new, sleeker Elevation home automation controller with Z-Wave and Zigbee

I had a chance to chat with Hubitat at CES a few weeks ago and was very impressed with their home automation controller. What impressed me more, was their approach and passion for doing things right. So I’m very interested in their new Elevation hub. It checks all the right boxes, with Z-Wave/Zigbee radios, and Amazon Alexa/Google Home integration. Best […]

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Wahoo is working on Varia support

I recently had the chance to ride on the outskirts of Las Vegas, and while I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with the drivers there from a car before. It was a wholly different experience on my bicycle. To be fair, this concern isn’t geographically isolated; there are unsympathetic drivers everywhere. More that riding in an unfamiliar location alongside the […]

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ROOMME @ CES 2019

Personalized room based home automation is tricky business. Not everyone wants to install RFID readers in the doorways, or carry around the cards :). Roomme takes on this problem by using a $69 smoke alarm sized BTLE sensors attached the ceiling in each room that senses when your mobile phone enters the room to trigger a scene. The approach is […]

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ECOVACS DEEBOT @ CES 2019

We have a love/hate relationship with our robot vacuums. Our Roomba mostly works OK (apart from the persistent beaching events), but the Neato is affectionately* named “Help Me” because of how much intervention is required to actually get it to complete a run. Some of this comes down to the underwhelming intelligence in the device, and some of it is, […]

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