Dog & Bone Locksmart Mini Wireless Padlock Hardware Review

Dog & Bone Locksmart Mini Wireless Padlock Hardware Review

Feb 24, 2016

Yes, we are becoming more connected. It’s where we are headed… a logical destination of sorts. Items like the kickstarted Dog & Bone Locksmart Mini Padlock are clearly on the roadmap.

The review package was provided by the manufacturer, and reflects the item in its retail packaging; we got the red version, charging micro-usb cable and a card with software download instructions.

The padlock looks like, well, a regular padlock; it consists of a U-shaped shackle, and a prominent body characterized by a defined soft rubber coating. At the bottom, it has a charging port right about where one would expect the keyhole. It also packs a power button protected by a rubber cover. Officially, it comes in at 3.98 x 2 x 0.94 inches (with a 0.24″ steel shackle) and 5.64 ounces.

Altogether, it has a solid feel in hand, strong yet agile, and, at first glance, definitely looks the part.

There isn’t a lot by way of formal instruction, but the companion LockSmart app (hosted on Google Play) more or less confirms the next logical step: charge the unit. The aforementioned LED light works to notify one when this is successfully done.lock1

But said app’s major purpose is to serve as control center for the hardware, which it connects to it via Bluetooth. The app is clean, and fairly straightforward. The app hints at a lot of the functionality to be found. First, one has to create an account and then pair the two together, and this can be done by using the aforementioned power button. Once paired, it is easy to unlock the unit by using the prominent Unlock button on the app.

There is a bunch of secondary utility to be found, for instance, in the Settings tab. here, there’s access options, showing one can use the default tap to run things, or use fingerprint or passcode. One can also monitor the padlock’s power levels (it’s rated to go two years without needing to be charged), and one can also toggle power saving mode for more conservative power usage. One also keep an eye on firmware too.

One cool thing a user can do is to give access to others. Using the “Share” tool, it’s possible to invite other users to get access to the lock, which makes it great for use with a lock that has several designated users. The associated “Activity Log” allows one to see who is accessing it when.

Altogether, it’s a pretty nifty solution. It did act temperamentally at times, and the assumption is that that was due to bluetooth restrictions… which might be the biggest drawback. Still, for a simple, cost-effective concept that just works, this one feels like a reasonable choice.

Nyrius Smart Outlet Hardware Review

Nyrius Smart Outlet Hardware Review

Feb 17, 2016

Someday, not too far in the future, it’s quite possible that all our devices, peripherals and appliances will be connected to a central hub. Maybe even voice activated. Wake up, ask for espresso, and have it ready before one’s hair is dry.

Heaven on earth? Maybe. For now, we have stuff like the Nyrius Smart Outlet to give us a taste.

It’s a simple tool: a plug that can be manipulated from one’s smartphone, and thus can control most things plugged into it wirelessly.

The review unit Nyrius sent us reveals the unit in its retail presentation; in the box one gets it and documentation. The unit itself is white, shaped somewhat like a small brick but with soft edges. Its single three-pin entry point is on the bottom, and it also has an LED on outward-facing surface.

A big part of the solution is the companion app hosted on the Play Store called Nyrius Smart Plug; this app more or less works as the controlling conduit for the hardware. After installations and launching, the app looks to toggle on the requisite Bluetooth, and then it looks to use the wireless standard to connect to an available Nyrius outlet.


When it’s all connected, it’s a cinch to control the main unit via the software. The app is clean with a lot of open space and bathed in the signature blue as it allows on to turn the plug on and off, tweak proximity and even set timers, which is a pretty useful feature. It all works well together.

From a usability perspective, the access holes being on the bottom does provide a bit of a challenge, especially considering the unit’s size. In a conventional wall unit (with two slots stacked vertically), one might be tempted to use the bottom slot so as to have the top one unencumbered. Well, that means whatever is plugged into this unit will poke out the bottom, and, depending on placement and usage, might cause some strain on plugged in electronics cable. On the other hand, creating semi-permanent solutions is one thing this looks to fix, so once one has it all working, one need not adjust much.

The proximity feature is great in theory, but is subject to bluetooth range restrict, and the ability to control other units would be most welcome.

Overall, simple pieces like these are what make the concept of a connected home a tangible reality, and that is why it is easy to like in several scenarios.

Another look at the Misfit Shine — now with EKOCYCLE Field Strap

Another look at the Misfit Shine — now with EKOCYCLE Field Strap

Jun 16, 2015

Misfit blazed on the scene with an interesting concept: ultra useful fitness trackers that dare to look snazzy. Since then, we’ve seen other products and accessories land on the market.

It’s latest endeavor underscores the company’s commitment to the health of the planet in addition to individual people; as we noted a short while go, the special edition EKOCYCLE set is one borne out of a recycling-minded collaboration with and the Coca-Cola company, and brings a unique wrist strap to go with a limited edition black Shine tracker.

Misfit gave us an opportunity to check the new set out, and this also gave us a chance to formally see how the health tracking system had progressed as a whole since we first reviewed it.

The retail box contains the goodies: black Shine, black strap, optional black clasp, battery, opening tool and documentation; the special Shine is fairly similar in size to the original grey piece, and incorporated the same series of LED lights to communicate visual information to the user. The black color does give it a pretty sleek look, and the finish remains outstanding.


The strap is a simple piece; it’s construction hardly shows it’s partially made from recycled materials. It too is stark black, with firm stitching and a perfect circular cradle to house the Shine. Altogether, it fits well together and looks pretty seamless, much like a regular time piece. The new strap does do one thing that my vanity requires: it gives a more defined wrist presence. The original sports version is almost too flimsy. Overall, I admit that I really like the dark version, and hope it isn’t too limited of a offering.

From a functionality standpoint, the companion app has gotten better; I still think the sync process could be a bit more self-aware, but the feature set is still there, and the unit works great as a timepiece. There’s more social connectivity built into the app, but I’d give my kingdom for some interoperability with some other fitness/health services for cross-matched data.

Value-wise, this limited edition set does run a bit more ($149 via, so it might not be worth upgrading or even getting as an extra for personal use, especially since using two units concurrently isn’t an option since the app like to sync to only one at a time. What it does do is bring awareness to an important ideal while reaffirming Misfit’s dedication to style.

For more information on EKOCYCLE, check out the video below:

Writing Smart: Neo Smartpen N2 Review

Writing Smart: Neo Smartpen N2 Review

Jun 11, 2015

An opportunity to check out the Neo Smartpen N2? Yes, please…

It looks sleek, but still retains a professional feel. In a meeting of executive ballpoint pens, the N2 wouldn’t look too out of place. It has a dark finish, is angled but still faintly cylindrical and almost pyramidal; with the cover off, it tapers to the writing end. There is a power button and a color LED towards the “bottom” of the pen, and at the very end portion, there is a micro-USB charging port.

The pen is designed in such away that a small camera is incorporated towards the writing end; this is part of the solution that allows the unit to capture written text.

Now, to get the unit going, we charged it with the supplied cable. When the unit is powered on and plugged in, it’s easy to see where the unit is with regards to battery level via the LED light. As soon as the unit was topped off, we were truly ready to go.

One aspect of the solution is the cross-platform Neo Notes app. This apps helps with registering the pen and otherwise getting the pen connected to it via Bluetooth. When it is connected to the app and host device, it allows one to see captured notes.

And how does one capture notes? Simple. The review unit came with an N Notebook, specially designed to work with the N2. When one writes in said notebook, the text automatically shows up digitally in the app; if the app is on and connected to the pen, the written material shows up close to real-time. If not connected, it syncs whenever the smartpen is re-connected. In practice, it all works quite well, as the captured text appears in collated notebooks within the app. And yep, it all syncs with Evernote.

I admit, I was impressed. It’s a cool setup.

As-is, the solution works well, but some of the other features really had me heel-clicking. When a captured note is viewed in the app, one can act on it: it can be shared, or a voice note can be added; it also supports tagging. The feature I was most looking forward to checking out is the transcription.

Reliable handwriting transcription is the holy grail of smartpens; Neo has the popular Myscript transcription engine built in, and it is surprisingly effective. Some live testing is below:



The transcription window allows for some editing, which is simply swell.

My biggest complaint is related to the proprietary paper needed. To be fair, this isn’t that odd with regards to smartpens, but it is something to consider from a refill standpoint. I think the app could be a bit more streamlined in places; as much as I like the transcription, it could be improved upon. Also, with the $169 price tag, this is an investment.

What the N2 does effectively is to make it hard for folks to go elsewhere. It just feels like this sector is getting crowded, but based on this solution, Neo seems to be in a great place.

Neposmart Camera Hardware Review

Neposmart Camera Hardware Review

May 23, 2015

The confluence of mobility and connected devices is alive and well, and home security is a big portion of this. Another minor problem are all those spare smartphones.

Neposmart a looks to zap these concerns with one solution: a connected camera that can be controlled and monitored from a smartphone.

The review package we received was a bit fuller than expected: the camera, ethernet cable, power adapter, mounting materials, documentation, bell wire and magnetic switch (the last two for intelligent garage setup).

The documentation provided is heavy with details, and gives several platform-specific sets of instructions. The basic idea is to connect the Neposmart camera physically to an internet ready source via ethernet cable, and then facilitate control via the companion Neposmart app, which is available on Google Play. In practice, it was fairly easy to get it all going; after downloading the app and finding the specific hardware, signing in (and changing the password for good measure), one needs to sign into local wifi, and then the the ethernet cable can be temporarily retired.

With that, one should get a live feed, and the fun stuff can then begin.


The app is an interesting software hub; as noted, it’s primary purpose it to display the camera, but it also functions as part of the wireless setup, and can also physically control the camera; it’s possible to zoom, scroll up, down and sideways. In practice, there is some lag during movement operations, but nothing unmanageable.

One feature that is pretty interesting is the ability to set zones, such that one can get the device to focus on pre-assigned zones. It gives the unit a commercial flair, and after spending a career setting stuff up, I was surprised at how comprehensive the solution is.

The system is customizable, transferable and can be used in a number of ways. It breathes life into old devices (that can be used as handheld monitoring stations) and is easy to set up.

What’s not to love?

Livescribe 3 Hardware Review

Livescribe 3 Hardware Review

May 18, 2015

Admittedly, using a smartpen is something I mostly considered a novelty. Till recently, I never really found a place for them in my workflow. After a lengthy stint with one, I have changed tune drastically; now, I’d much rather have one than not.

When it comes to smart writing tools, Livescribe is a household name, and it is mostly justified. It’s Livescribe 3 Smartpen is its latest and greatest, and the great news is that companion app Livescribe+ now makes the pen completely compatible with Android devices.

Better yet, we got one to try out.

The review unit that Livescribe sent us shows the piece in its retail glory: the unit, charging materials, a Livescribe Dot Starter Notebook and documentation. In hand, the pen clearly shares some aesthetic design cues with its cousin Wi-Fi pen, and that’s not a bad thing. Again, it somewhat resembles a fountain pen, mostly bathed in black with chrome end accents, with a cylinder that’s wider than most, but not unwieldy. The main body is split by a turn piece at roughly the middle, which works to unveil or hide the pen tip, as well as toggling the unit on or off. The writing end of the pen is interesting; it doesn’t taper as one would expect, but has a wide opening that envelopes the aperture from which the ink tube projects. This houses a nifty camera which makes up a big part of the pen’s functionality. The clip houses an LED light, and the top nub doubles as a removable cover for the charging port.


The newly minted, aforementioned Livescribe+ app serves as the hub. Firing up the app along with bluetooth allows the phone to pair to the charged up powered on smartpen, and then the fun officially begins. Along with the supplied notebook, the separate units amalgate to become a pretty formidable note-taking solution.

As one writes in the notebook, the text appears in the app exactly as written. If the connection is live, the text isn’t exactly immediate, but it does appear pretty quickly thereafter. If disconnected, it does load up in the app afterwards. Diagrams and the like are reflected just as well.

Notes and such can be shared to a host of supported apps; of special concern to me is Evernote, and I was able to get PDFs of my Livescribe-hosted notes right into Evernote. Again, pretty easy going. It holds a charge for a respectable amount of time, though I did turn it off when not in use.

My biggest complaint is based on my earlier experience with the Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen; that system has tighter, more natural integration with my beloved Evernote. The Android Livescribe+ version trails the iOS version a bit in features currently, and to use the Livescribe+ Android app, one must also download another app: Livescribe Link.

In a few words, I did come to like it. A lot. It can be used in several scenarios, and it redefines hand-created data. At $174.99 for the basic package on Amazon, it isn’t too hefty of an investment.

Lemur BlueDriver OBDII Scan Tool Hardware Review

Lemur BlueDriver OBDII Scan Tool Hardware Review

Apr 16, 2015

Another day, another opportunity to allow connected mobility make life easier. We are all for that.

Enter the BlueDriver OBDII Scan Tool, a piece from Lemur that allows folks to really drill down into auto management.

It is irregularly shaped, with a cuboid base at the core, but retains a relatively small profile. On the one end, one finds the plug-in portion with the telltale pins; on the opposite side is an LED light. The review piece is black with white lettering, and looks and feels like a a well-fused item.

The title says is all: this puck looks to give its user the power of OBDII in a handy little tool; to be very accurate, it does so with the help of a companion app that resides on one’s Android device. The app is a comprehensive sidekick; the UI is bathed in an almost purplish hue that backs the clear-cut icons that hint at the the true functionality of app-puck combo.

This two-part solution is fairly intuitive to use; the puck gets plugged into the ODB port in the car, paired to the device/app, and the accumulated data is accessed via the app. When the app is opened, it requests to turn on Bluetooth if that radio is off, and then looks to pair with the plugged in puck. When it gets going, there is quite a lot of stuff that can be accessed: accident reports, code reader, smog check and plenty more, including flashlight functionality. Additionally, one can get to the user manual from the app, order extra pieces, update sensor firmware and connect with the manufacturer via email, phone or social networks.


In any case, in action, this piece just works. It pulls in the information seamlessly and presents it equally so, with “pro tip” pop-ups that help with deciphering data. I tried several of the tools, and was pleased with each; I didn’t have a control to confirm readings, or a chance to use the “clear codes” functionality at all, though.

As a permanent tool (it can be left installed), it is a nice accessory to have. It is transferable, easy to use and the mobile component is a big plus. At $99.95 on Amazon, it probably isn’t for the overly casual, but even taht can be argued. If anything, nothing beats having a clue what is going on with one’s car — before going to the mechanic.

Satechi Spectrum Connected Bulb Hardware Review

Satechi Spectrum Connected Bulb Hardware Review

Apr 15, 2015

So yeah, I’m all about spoiling myself nowadays. To be fair, I’ve always enjoyed spoiling myself; it’s just that with mobile technology, it becomes so much easier. As we continue to see more and more connected peripherals, life has the potential to be a bit more whimsical and whole lot more tech-ified.

We had an opportunity to check out some gear from Satechi, and got to take a look at its Spectrum Smart LED Bulb.

Out of the box, the unit looks much like a “regular” incandescent bulb, but a bit weightier at a bit under 6 oz, and with might casually look like a white cover on most of the 2.45 x 4.29 inch bulb surface. It has the standard E26 end, feels well constructed, definitely not as fragile as one might expect, and has an interesting range of stated specs: tops out at 8 watts, a voltage range of 100-240V (50/60 Hz); it boasts a lifetime of 25,000 hours, Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) and requires at least Android 4.4.

Which brings us to a big part of the system: the companion Spectrum app on Google Play. Downloading and opening the app helps one glean a bit more of what the system purports to do. The bulb screws in much like a regular bulb, but when it is paired to the app via Bluetooth, one is able to control a bunch of extra functionality, like adjusting the color and brightness on the fly. Using the built-in color mixer, it’s possible to select from a plethora of hues in the color spectrum, using red, green, blue and white as the core bases. The app also incorporates a timer, a “scene” selector, dimming functionality, proximity sensor and even a missed call notifier (via the bulb).


The use scenarios are fairly vast. Mood lighting? There’s disco flasher which is interesting. I shamelessly admit to using it as a visual intercom to summon the kids. Using the timer, it’s possible to set the bulb to dim to sleep at night and to go on in the morning if one’s morning starts before the sun rises. Admittedly, the bulb does come in handy in a number of real life ways. The fact that the app is able to manage multiple Satechi Smartbulbs — individually and collectively — is another benefit. It remembers the last color setting when turned off manually.

At $34.99 (on Amazon), each bulb is a bit of investment; the LED nature and added usability might help allay cost concerns. The timer function was wonky at first, but has ended up being quite reliable.

In the end, in a gimmicky accessory world, it was surprising at how well I cottoned to this item. Just as well too, as I think it fits in well with the concept of pampering myself.

INSTEON Home Remote Control System Hardware Review

INSTEON Home Remote Control System Hardware Review

Mar 31, 2015

We’ve said it so much that it has to be true: The Connected Home isn’t the future. It is definitely the present, and the smartphone is the new control panel. INSTEON is front and center in this area, and we were eager to check out its customizable solutions.

The Starter Kit INSTEON sent us to review contains some of the elements that connect one’s home; the retail packaging contains the INSTEON Hub and two on/off modules. The former serves as the brain of the system, while the latter serve as elements that help effect control.

The pieces come in white, with the hub being noticeably bigger than each on/off module, coming in at 3.75 x 3.75 x 1.5 inches (versus 3.24 x 2.08 x 1.15 inches of each module). The hub is — as the dimensions indicate — a solid, hard plastic-covered box with LED light on the one side, and charging and ethernet ports on the opposite one. The modules resemble 3-pin plugin extensions, with LED light and buttons on the side. In addition to the three main pieces, the retail package also contains white cables for power and ethernet, as well as documentation.


The setup is pretty easy; first, the hub gets connected to power and internet source via the supplied cables. After this, the next step is to download the INSTEON for Hub app from Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. After connecting to the Hub via wi-fi, it’s a matter ofconnecting the extra peripherals — in our case, the two on/off modules. After pairing those pieces, it was game time.

using the app, it is possible to control the on/off modules. The uses are endless: fans, electronics, lamps, heaters and more. Anything that is connected to the modules can be controlled via the wireless signal relayed by the hub. It’s pretty effective, and, in our testing, instantaneous.

The great aspect of the solution is the inherent mobility vested on one’s smartphone by the INSTEON Android app. The ability to manage on the go is priceless. The ability to tailor the system to one’s precise needs is equally admirable; there are several pieces that bring home automation to bear, from security to the control of pieces from other systems.


The Android app is a bit clunky though, what with the endless update loop. Setup could use more complete instructions, and overall, the companion software could use some sprucing up. The presence of a web version is welcome, even if it’s in beta, and managing several pieces after setup is quite easy. At an investment of just under $111 for the starter kit (via Amazon) makes it fairly reasonable.

It’s hard to dislike the ability to make the system one’s own. As noted, INSTEON touches on jut about every aspect of home automation and security, so one can mix and match pieces to create the perfect solution. In the end, that specific pro seemingly drowns out any cons.

Sony SmartWatch 3 Hardware Review

Sony SmartWatch 3 Hardware Review

Mar 16, 2015

Sony is back, yes. With the Smartwatch 3.

The screen itself is rectangular, with a rubber-ish black band that doesn’t separate. The main design allows for the rectangular core to be separated from the band, such that other style of bands can be used on the fly. It sports a 320×320, 16 bit color screen on a 1.6 inch (diagonal) screen. The whole watch is billed at about 2.53 ounces.

When it comes to the hardware itself, its probably easier to note which sensors are not packed into this unit. One gets GPS, gyroscope, ambient light and even a magnetometer. It rocks bluetooth, NFC and wi-fi, along with a mic, as well as being waterproof. Processor? Quad ARM A7, 1.2 GHz, with memory stats of 512 MB RAM and 4 GB eMMC. It looks safe, but does have some power under the hood.

Pairing the unit involves getting the SmartWatch 3 paired to an Android device via Android Wear, which was pretty painless. The watch does expected watch functions, as well as a host of health-related tasks, prominent of which is measuring movement. Also prominent is the Google Now functionality, which is where the built-in mic comes in handy.


The big differentiator here is the combination of hardware and the aforementioned Android Wear. The implementation of the latter is especially interesting, as it really allows the SmartWatch 3 to be both a dual screen and a fairly independent device. There are some nice applications available for it as well, like a music player

I did like the overall utility of the device, even if I was not the biggest fan of the form factor; while the band switching functionality is pretty nice, I do think Sony could have taken a few more chances with the design. I also was not a fan of the positioning of the charging port. Additionally, Android Wear was truculent at times, and I didn’t get advertised two days of use from a charge.

As a connected health tool, I did like the product overall; if anything, it proves why we’d prefer Sony in he smartdevice sector.

Sony is back… and should stay.

Skylink Alarm System Hardware Review

Skylink Alarm System Hardware Review

Feb 25, 2015

In another life, I was involved in safety, and I remember how involved securing people and places could be. The physical system themselves could be confusing mazes of people and incompatible hardware. It was madness, and the people who were most in the dark tended to be the consumers themselves.

Thankfully, home automation in general (and, specifically in this case, Skylink Alarm System) gives the power back to the Everyday Person.

The Starter Kit review unit Skylink sent us was interestingly small, but packed quite a lot: a singular Internet Hub, one Keychain Remote, a Motion Sensor, power adapter, ethernet cable and a small cache of screws and such for optional mounting. Not included, but needed to set up are a total of seven (7) AAA and AA batteries. The idea is that the Hub acts as the brains, and the other pieces connect together to create a cloud-supported, user controlled safety and security network.

Setup is intuitive enough; after batteries are installed, the powered Hub gets connected to a modem. Then, with the help of the SkylinkNet Android application (which requires prior account creation), one can complete the setup of the Hub, and the overall system settings. Next, the sensors and included keychain can be paired and programmed with notification settings, chimes, names and more.

Next, one gets to place the sensors where they need to me. yes, I probably enjoyed this way more than I should have. The included double-sided tape is especially useful here, and I was more or less able to test out the best location for the sensors continually.

I was impressed as to how similar it is to a conventional alarm system. Things like arming, disarming, delayed exit and such are all supported via the app and keychain. The Hub provides audio sound to accompany activity based on the status of the system. As an added benefit, the app can also be used to control Skylink home automation modules.


I absolutely adore the fact that the setup is infinitely expandable/customizable; one can literally build to suit with extra pieces such as sensors, outdoor alarms, vibration sensors, silent alarms, and more. A system based on power and internet connectivity does have at least two potential flaws, and I like that the Hub incorporates battery backup to somewhat ameliorate that issue, along with the option of phone backup functionality. The app is fairly expansive (up to 100 sensors and controllers), and works well as a software bridge, while simultaneously providing backup control. I do think more documentation and more consistent app navigation is needed.

Put together, it is a much better DIY solution than I envisaged. No contracts here, but the flip here is that at the basic level, it’s all on the user. Still, how can one not be a fan of consumer control, especially with regards to home automation?

D-Link Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera Hardware Review

D-Link Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera Hardware Review

Feb 20, 2015

When it comes to a secure home, why no pull out all the stops? Connected cameras are a big part of home safety options, and devices made by D-Link — a company that can actually afford to name drop — are especially interesting. As such, we were eager to check out the D-Link Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera.

The review unit D-Link sent us came in retail packaging; in the box, one gets the camera itself, a mounting bracket, ethernet cable, power cable, mounting paraphernalia and documentation. The camera itself is mostly white with black accents. Standing right-side up, it looks like a short lighthouse with a matching white antenna out the back. Dimensions-wise, it is 5.26 x 4.03 x 3.99 inches, and weighs 0.64 lbs.

The main unit has input slots for power and ethernet on the bottom back, as well as a WPS button and reset pinhole. On the front of the bottom there are two LEDs to signify power and WPS status. The unit also has embedded microphone, and advertises different video resolutions.


Setting it up involves a computer (Mac or Windows), and downloading the installer and following the instructions. As the contents suggest, the camera can be set up in wired or wireless fashion, and the desktop utility helps to accomplish this. As soon as the wireless setup is complete, the companion mydlink Lite can be downloaded from the Play Store to control the app and manipulate device settings.

The app displays live video via the app; I was somewhat surprised by the clarity, which can be sharpened by manually adjusting the lens. It boasts three different resolution, and there is a distinct difference in them. The pan and tilt functionality is easily handled intuitively by gestures on the display. Camera shots can be acquired via the app as well. I did notice some lag in gesture operations though, but I found the voice quality to be clear.


The app allows for event-triggered push notifications, and I also like the fact that firmware upgrades can be initiated from within the app. The app also controls other D-Link connected peripherals (like the recently reviewed Smart Plug), so its nice to have a one-stop point for such units.

Altogether, it’s a pretty nice option that is easy to use and appreciate. It works well in different scenarios and lighting conditions, and is a fantastic starting piece in any connected home setup.