Equipment Reviews

SmartThings Review: The Internet of Things at Your Fingertips

Scott Bay | Nov 10, 2017 | Equipment Reviews

Imagine you’re coming home after a long day. Your front door automatically unlocks as you pull into the driveway. Once inside, the lights turn on as you walk into a room, and turn off when…

Hi, Alexa: The 101 on Amazon’s Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap

Amelia Nielson-Stowell | Feb 15, 2017 | Equipment Reviews

Even if Alexa—Amazon’s voice-activated personal assistant—isn’t part of your family, you’ve likely heard of her. Amazon’s line of Alexa-enabled products became the most popular tech items of 2016: the Echo and Echo Dot sold out…

Product Review: The Vicovation Opia2 Dash Cam

Caroline Maurer | Feb 7, 2017 | Equipment Reviews

At SafeWise, we’re constantly reviewing the best home security and personal safety products to help you safeguard what’s most precious to you. So when Vicovation sent us its Opia2 dash cam, we were excited to…

A Comprehensive Review of ADT’s Medical Alert Systems

Caroline Maurer | Sep 6, 2017 | Equipment Reviews, Senior Safety

Medical alert devices are your lifeline to emergency services. If you fall, become disoriented, have a stroke or heart attack, get in a car accident, or suffer any distress, a push of a button connects…

The Ring Doorbell Pro Review

Caroline Maurer | Oct 5, 2016 | Equipment Reviews

Smart doorbells act as your digital butler; they monitor the door and tell you who’s come to visit.  Today, there are a handful of models on the market, but we’ve found Ring Video Doorbell Pro…

The Best DIY Home Security Systems: No Required Monitoring

Caroline Maurer | Apr 4, 2017 | Equipment Reviews

Want to keep your home safe without a monthly fee? You can! There are a handful of companies that offer home security systems without mandated 24/7 monitoring. You won’t skimp on safety, but you will…

Getting Your Child to School Safely

Lynn Phillips | Sep 26, 2017 | Equipment Reviews

School bells are ringing and parents are rejoicing! Kids… not so much. It can be challenging to end summer vacation and jump back into a classroom environment, and while many parents are welcoming the school…

Group of elementary school kids getting in yellow school bus.

5 Ways You Can Help Your Kids Stay Safe at School

Melissa Darcey | Aug 28, 2017 | Equipment Reviews

Elementary school can be overwhelming, both for students and parents. While kids navigate classes and critical development years, parents worry about bullying, emergencies, and other scary incidents. Fortunately, there are ways you can make sure…

ADT Expands Offerings To Include Ring™ Video Doorbell

Caroline Maurer | Apr 20, 2018 | Equipment Reviews

If you’ve ever dreamed of having a butler and a bouncer, you can wake up, because it’s come true! On July 14, 2016, ADT announced its partnership with smart doorbell manufacturer, Ring. Now, you can…

New Nest Cam Expands Your View To The Outdoors

Caroline Maurer | Jul 15, 2016 | Equipment Reviews

Image: Nest By the time someone has broken into your home, it’s a little late to sound the alarm. Wouldn’t it be better to prevent intruders from entering in the first place? Nest thinks so….