Smart Plug—An Easy Way To Get You Started On Home Automation

Don’t know where to start for your home automation? The easiest path to home automation is to convert your existing lights and turn-on/off devices into smart devices by adding relatively inexpensive smart plugs. Simply plug in a smart plug into a socket and then plug in a lamp, fan, air humidifier, air purifier, or other device into the smart plug. For those of you with an iPhone, you can set up these devices with HomeKit by simply bringing up the Home app and scan in the code for the device. 

There are many options in the market place. There are smart plugs that connect with Bluetooth or Thread as wells as WiFi. Of course, there are few that connect with a bridge.

For situations where you also would like to have a remote control, the iHome iSP8 with Remote Control will work perfectly. Want to control outdoor lights or xmas lights? There are even outdoor smart plugs.

If you are an iPhone user, then you should consider smart plugs that support HomeKit. Likewise, if you are an Android user, you should consider smart plugs that support Google Assistant. For Amazon Echo users, you need smart plugs that support Amazon Alexa.

Here are few smart plugs to get you started. These all support HomeKit.

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Thread Network—A New Way To connect With Apple HomeKit For Your Home Automation DIY Project

When Apple first introduced the HomePod Mini during their keynote, they did not mention it was a Thread Border Router. This is possibly the future of smart home device connectivity. The HomePod Mini is the starting point of a Thread mesh network because it is a Thread Border Router and it is automatic and does not need any configuration or setup.

Thread is a new low energy mesh network protocol standard for smart home devices. Thread enabled smart home devices inter-connect to each other to form a mesh network so there are no central hub to relay data. A thread network starts with at least one or more border routers (sometimes called edge routers). The best border router to use for HomeKit home automation is the HomePod Mini which is very easy to set up because it automatically works when you connect to your wifi and login with your Apple ID.  You can have as many HomePod Mini as desired such as having one in each room. They will all route and connect to Thread enabled devices. Each Thread device can connect to each other and extend the Thread mesh network.

Advantages of using Thread in your HomeKit automation:

*Network is decentralized and non-hierarchical.

*Self organizing and self configuring.

*Can add one or more border router (HomePod Mini).

*Full Enabled Thread devices can extend to the network by connecting to each other.

*No single point of failure (as long there are more than one border router (HomePod Mini)).


*The network is self-healing. Should one device fail, connected device will switch connection to another device so data can continue to routed.

*High level of security.

*Low energy so battery device (Minimal Thread Device) can connect without draining battery.

*IP6 based.

*Open industry standard.

Start by adding one or more HomePod Mini to your home WiFi. These HomePod Mini will act as border router for your Thread Network and other Thread enable devices can connect to the HomePod Mini. This happens automatically. You simply use the Home app on your iPhone or iPad to scan the HomeKit device to add to your HomeKit network. It will automatically connect to a HomePod Mini or another Thread device that is connected to the Thread network.

The Thread protocol is new so there are only a few Thread enable devices on the market so far but more are expected to be announced or some current devices may be Thread enabled with a firmware update.

The Eve Energy smart plug is a fully enabled Thread device because it is plug into a socket and is on all the time so it can connect to other Thread devices to extend the network. It is a good idea to add some these to build up the Thread mesh network. Plug in some lamps, fans, and other non-smart device into the Eve Energy to make them smart.

There are two type of Thread devices. There are Full Thread Devices and Minimal Thread Devices. Full Thread Devices allows other thread enabled devices to connect to them. Full Thread Devices act as router and extends the Thread mesh network. These devices are always on. The more of these device on the network, the more extended and robust the network becomes.  Minimal Thread Devices are generally battery powered devices and can connect to Full Thread Devices or Thread Border Router (such as a HomePod Mini), but other Thread devices cannot connect to them thus Minimal Thread Devices do not extend the network. For example, Eve Weather is a Minimal Thread Device and is battery operated while the Eve Energy is a Full Thread Device and can route data from other Thread enabled devices connected to them.

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Eve Energy smart plugs and power meter

Eve Energy – Apple HomeKit Smart Home Plug & Power Meter With Built-In Schedules & Switches, Voice Control

Eve Energy - Apple HomeKit Smart Home Plug & Power Meter With Built-In Schedules & Switches, Voice Control
Eve Energy – Apple HomeKit Smart Home Plug & Power Meter With Built-In Schedules & Switches, Voice Control

Eve Weather

Eve Weather – Apple HomeKit Smart Home Outdoor Weather Sensor for Detecting & Tracking Temperature, Humidity, & Air Pressure

Eve Weather - Apple HomeKit Smart Home Outdoor Weather Sensor for Detecting & Tracking Temperature, Humidity, & Air Pressure
Eve Weather – Apple HomeKit Smart Home Outdoor Weather Sensor for Detecting & Tracking Temperature, Humidity, & Air Pressure

Eve Door And Weather Sensors

Eve Door & Window – Wireless contact sensor with Apple HomeKit technology, Bluetooth Low Energy

Eve Door & Window - Wireless contact sensor with Apple HomeKit technology, Bluetooth Low Energy
Eve Door & Window – Wireless contact sensor with Apple HomeKit technology, Bluetooth Low Energy

Eve Aqua

Eve Aqua – Apple HomeKit Smart Home Water Controller For Sprinkler or Irrigation System, Create Schedules, Remote App Access

Eve Door & Window - Wireless contact sensor with Apple HomeKit technology, Bluetooth Low Energy
Eve Door & Window – Wireless contact sensor with Apple HomeKit technology, Bluetooth Low Energy

Nanoleaf Essential A19

Nanoleaf Essential A19
Nanoleaf Essential A19

Nanoleaf Essential LED Lightstrip

Nanoleaf Essentials 80” Lightstrip Starter Kit
Nanoleaf Essentials 80” Lightstrip Starter Kit

HomePod Mini

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Benefits Of Using Apple HomePod Mini or Apple TV As A Home Hub for HomeKit Smart Devices

For those of us who have iPhones and iPad, We can do home automation with Apple’s HomeKit. HomeKit is Apple’s framework for communication and control of smart home appliances and devices. This framework includes a Home app on iPhone, iPad and Macs allows users to easily discover and configure smart home devices. Once these devices are added to one’s home network, users can use the Home app to setup various actions, automation and using Siri commands to trigger various actions such as “turn on the bedroom lights” or set up time based ambience lighting to our circadian rhythm health. Last but not least, HomeKit allows users to add HomeKit enable devices from different vendors and mix devices from a variety of brands.

A home hub is a central device that controls, maintains the home automation, allows remote access (outside of the home) to allow user to control device when they are away from home, grant guests access privileges and setup automation.

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Podcast: Episode 10—Cocktail Talk On Chinoiserie

Our weekly Cocktail Talk is to break up from our daily work routine and have a talk over cocktails about everything that interests us. Today’s talk is our Episode 10. In today’s episode, we talk about Chinoiserie,  cocktail Press(see below recipe), new smart home technologies . You can check out the following smart home technologies we mentioned in this episode. So please enjoy!

To learn more about Chinoiserie

Cocktail: Press
2 oz whiskey
lemon-lime soda or ginger ale.

Kaiterra Laser Egg+ Chemical: Indoor Air Quality Monitor (Tracks PM2.5, Fine Dust, Chemicals (TVOCs), Temperature, and Humidity)

Podcast—Friday Talk Over the Cocktails

In today’s episode, we are talking about our Thanksgiving celebration, wins and cockrails to pair with holiday meals, the most effective way to loose far after a huge and heavy Thanksgiving meal and the trendy smart home gadgets for holiday gifts. Enjoy!


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All-new Echo (4th Gen, 2020 release) | With premium sound, smart home hub, and Alexa | Twilight Blue

All-new Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with clock and Alexa | Twilight Blue

Lutron Caseta Smart Home Plug-in Lamp Dimmer Switch, Works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and The Google Assistant | PD-3PCL-WH | White

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch and Remote Kit for Wall & Ceiling Lights, P-PKG1W-WH, White

Philips Hue White and Color LED Smart Button Starter Kit with Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 LED Smart Bulb

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Wemo Mini Smart Plug 3-Pack, WiFi Enabled, Works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant

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Wemo WLS0403-BDL Wi-Fi Light Switch 3-Way 2-Pack Bundle – Control Lighting from Anywhere, Easy In-Wall Installation, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit

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Google Nest Thermostat – Smart Thermostat for Home – Programmable Wifi Thermostat – Charcoal

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Google Nest Thermostat E – Programmable Smart Thermostat for Home T4000ES – 3rd Generation Nest Thermostat (Frosted White)- Compatible with Alexa Bundle with Nest Temperature Sensor

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KHK Designs’ Holiday Gift Guide 2020 —Live Blog

Hi, guys! Our annual holiday gift guide is here. From Christmas tree ornaments, candles, candle holders, tabletop, plants, home decor and dinnerware…etc.We are putting together something quite special for the year of 2020 and we are living blogging our gift ideas right here on our blog. Please check back constantly for updates. Happy Black Friday Shopping!

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KHK Designs’ Gift Guides 2019 I

After an extensive research on color trends 2020, design, functionalities,  trade shows and consumer reports,  we finally put together our 2019  gift guides. Here is the part I—enjoy!

Part I: Small Appliances and Home iOE (Internet of Things)

Small Kitchen Appliance  :       

Kate Spade New York 885786 Toaster, Blush

71lFth3VFXL._AC_SL1500_COMFEE’ MK-HJ1705a1 Electric Kettle Teapot 1.7 Liter Fast Water Heater Boiler 1500W BPA-Free, Quiet Boil & Cool Touch Series, Auto Shut-Off and Boil Dry Protection, 1.7L, Baby Pink

518gTj9OgVL._AC_SL1200_Kate Spade New York 880192 Nolita Blush Metal Kettle

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COOK With COLOR 7 Pc Kitchen Gadget Set Copper Coated Stainless Steel Utensils with Soft Touch Pink Handles

Smeg Blender Pastel Blue BLF01 PBUS

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Sharp ZSSC0586DS, Superheated Steam Countertop Oven, Stainless Steel

AUG Convection Steam Grill Oven 28QT-1550W Smart Toaster Household Countertop Combi Steamer with 8 Cooking Modes, Matte Black Stainless Steel

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Smart Home Devices

Google, T3007ES, Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Gen, Smart Thermostat, Stainless Steel, Works With Alexa

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Ring Video Doorbell with HD Video, Motion Activated Alerts, Easy Installation – Satin Nickel

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Smart Indoor Air Quality Monitor

Foobot Indoor Air Quality Monitor – Sold Out – Working on New Generation of Foobot

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Flow, The Personal Air Quality Sensor by Plume Labs – Mobile, Bluetooth Connection, Measures PM2.5 / PM10 / NO2 / VOC Indoors and Outdoors

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Kaiterra Laser Egg+ Chemical: Indoor Air Quality Monitor (Tracks PM2.5, Fine Dust, Chemicals (TVOCs), Temperature, and Humidity)

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Nest Protect Wired Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm 2nd Generation (White) S3000BWES with Nest Learning Thermostat – 3rd Gen

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Awair 2nd Edition Air Quality Monitor

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Airthings Wave Plus Indoor Air Quality Monitor with Radon Detection, Free App & Web Dashboard, 6 sensors: Total VOCs, CO2, Humidity, Temperature, Pressure. Battery Operated, Bluetooth Connectivity

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Home Smart Control Syste

Lutron Caseta Smart Start Kit, Dimmer Switch (2 Count) with Smart Bridge and Pico remotes, Works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and the Google Assistant | P-BDG-PKG2W-A | White

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Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch and Remote Kit for Wall & Ceiling Lights, P-PKG1W-WH, White

Philips Hue White Ambiance Smart Light Bulb Starter Kit, 4 A19 Smart Bulbs and 1 Hub, Works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant, (All US Residents)

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