Magazine article Variety


Magazine article Variety


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Home Sweet Home

A new wave of connected devices brings the smarts of the Internet to the kitchen and living room.

Cujo 1 starting at $49

Cujo aims to keep malware and hackers out by monitoring and filtering traffic from every device within your home network - be it a connected TV or baby monitor. It's designed to let you know about potential problems without cryptic error codes and blinking warn- ing lights. However, there's a big caveat: Cujo can monitor only unencrypted Internet traffic, which means it won't know whether you download viruses from Gmail, Facebook or sites that use encryption by default. So keep that virus scanner for backups of data.

Zuli Smartplugs 13 outlets for $160

Zuli turns on your lights - or your coffee maker - as soon as you enter a room, and turns them off when you exit. These Smartplugs sense your presence based on your phone, and can be controlled with an app to dim lights, start the dishwasher or turn on any other connected appliance. You can even connect Zuli's Smartplugs to your Nest Thermostat to make sure your house is always the right temperature. The biggest downside: The Zuli app is currently available for iOS only.

Google OnHub I $200

Routers tend to be ugly and hard to configure. Not so OnHub, made by TP-Link in cooperation with Google. With a stylish cylindrical design, the device looks more like a sleek loudspeaker than a router, and an app on your phone helps set things up without the need to plug it into a computer or to write down hard-to-remember 16-digit passwords on a Post-it note you're sure to lose. …

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