One of the simplest gadgets to make a home a smart home is an electronic door lock. They are quite easy to install (over/under 12 minutes) and allow for a number of security features that can add functionality to your home. Many are WiFi-enabled that let home owners control the lock remotely with an app or through home controllers like Alexa and Google Nest Hub.
I replace the lock on my front door probably about once a year as I test and review units from various companies. Traditional lock companies like Yale, Schlage, and Kwikset offer several models while new companies have entered the market with unique designs like August, Ultraloq, eufy, and Friday.
I recently installed the Securam Touch Fingerprint Deadbolt Lock on my front door. This unit is distinct as it offers a biometric fingerprint sensor along with a typical numeric keypad. There are multiple unlocking methods including one-touch access fingerprint authentication, code access, and remote control through the Securam app (an additional Smart Hub is required for remote operation).
Here is my take on the Securam lock as heard on “The High-Tech Texan Show” and podcast.
I popped on Great Day Houston (CBS) with some products unveiled at CES. Very first look at the new Samsung Galaxy S21 phones and Buds Pro. Also a UV-C light sanitizer that doubles as a speaker/alarm clock and a powerful new WiFi router. And how about the Oculus Quest 2 VR goggles? Watch below:
When life gives you a pandemic, make a mask phone. Yep, Mother Necessity (actually UK- based Binatone) just released the MaskFone, an interesting mashup of both high- and low-tech.
No more muffled talking through your mask as there is a Bluetooth headset and earbuds sewn into the fabric. The fabric mask takes N95 or PM2.5 disposable filters. A mic is strapped in the face piece via hook-and-loop fasteners and two earbuds hang on wires by the ear loops. The buttons on the mask front need to be aligned with internal mic/volume controller but you can also answer and hang up calls on your phone.
The sound is actually very good when I played music and it alerts you of an incoming call. The mask is comfy with a bendable nose bridge and adjustable ear loops.
I recently popped on “Great Day Houston” to share some ideas on what to give your friends and loved ones this holiday season. I will continue to yap about them on my radio show so tune in weekly for more ideas.
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The sleep tech industry will grow to a $27b business by 2025. But the secret to a good night’s sleep could start with a high-tech mattress. Here is a close-up look at the ReST Bed which uses five separate air chambers and controlled by an app.
Apple introduced iPhone 12 today and now many people are deciding on whether to upgrade to one of the new models (4). Before buying a new phone you should know some tips on how to sell your current phone for the max amount of dollars. Plus, don’t forget to erase all your data.
I explain here on FOX26 Morning News (Houston):
VIDEO: Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G, tips to sell your phone for top $, new Xbox and PS5
If it’s on TV and radio it must be true, right? Here is a some show-and-tell from my appearance this morning on Great Day Houston (KHOU-CBS) where I featured the new Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G smartphone. This bad boy is a powerful computer (yes, a computer in your hand) with a large, beautiful 6.9″ screen, Gorilla Glass 6 (I dare you to break it), 120hz refresh rate, and 3 rear cameras including a 108 megapixel lens.
We didn’t get around to talking about the white earbuds sticking out of my ears. Those are the new Samsung Galaxy Buds Live true wireless earbuds. The bean-like shape fits snugly in your ears and the tone can be controlled through an app. Active Noise Canceling (ANC) works well and they are an all-around good buy at $169.
With new smartphones coming out, it may be time to sell your old one. Here are some tips I gave on FOX26 Houston on how and where to get the most $ for your gadgets. Plus a quick overview of the new Samsung Note20 Ultra 5G.
VIDEO: Back-To-School-From-Home Products – Laptops (“Great Day Houston”/CBS)
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter our lives and processes, parents will be making choices about homeschooling and what products to buy for their kids to fully utilize distance learning. Here is a recent segment on Great Day Houston (KHOU-TV, CBS) where I did some show-and-tell on laptop choices.