The Ambient Smart Home Awards 2021: The big winners revealed

The Ambient is reader-powered. If you click through using links on the site, we may earn an affiliate commission. The votes have been cast. The results have been counted. The time has come to announce the winners of the 2021 Ambient Smart Home Awards. A bit like last year, we’ve spent more hours inside our […]

Review: Twinkly’s smart Christmas tree lights stand out in the crowd

I’ve lost track of how many strands of Christmas tree lights I’ve purchased over the years. Cool white, warm white, red, green, or multicolor with some twinkle and others that wave. Incandescent, LED and fiber optic — I’ve had them all at one point or another. I’ll also be the first to admit that I’m […]

Aqara Hub E1 review: A tiny yet powerful smart home hub

Aqara Looking as if it were a plug-in USB Wi-Fi adapter for a notebook, the Aqara Hub E1 squeezes a lot of smart home functionality into its small case. At just 4.3 x 1.2 x 0.3 inches (LxWxH), it’s about one-tenth the size of Aeotec’s Smart Home Hub. One of the smallest smart home hubs […]