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The Best of 2016: An End of Year Blog Wrap-Up

Dec 30 2016
From making headlines at CES 2016, to making millions of homes even safer and smarter, it's been a big year at

As 2016 turns into 2017, we invite you to check out these highlights you might have missed. Happy New Year!

1: Visit the ultimate fan cave, powered by

Chicago Cubs superfan Stew McVicar spared no expense in turning his McHenry, IL home's basement into "Club 400".

It's a 2,100-square foot, memorabilia-decked fan-cave and gameday venue that rivals any sports bar or team museum in the world, and it's all secured with technology.

2: Create your own Scene

If you're an user, you'll have spotted the Scenes buttons that appeared in your app this May, giving you the ability to adjust multiple smart devices with a single command.

Did you know that you can create your own? Our ‘how-to' series features a quick guide to creating a Scene for any occasion. For more easy tutorials, click here.

3: See how the Browns stay connected to home

Returning to work after the arrival of a new baby is nerve-wracking—even if your mom is looking after things at home. 

Nicole and Brad Brown conquered their nerves with smarter home security, using video monitoring and real-time alerts to stay in touch. For more connected parenting tips, check out our Smart Parenting series here.

4: Brush up on your smart home etiquette

We teamed up with relationship expert Rachel DeAlto to create the first guide to smart home etiquette for couples.

If you've ever wondered whether the ease of controlling a smart thermostat makes it any more acceptable to adjust the temperature without asking your partner, here's everything you need to know. 

5: Explore a voice-controlled smart home

Our 2016 launch of's skill for Amazon Echo made it possible for millions to control their homes with the hands-free convenience of voice commands.

To see it in action, we asked Abe, our director of product management, to invite us inside his newly voice-controlled house. Here's the full story.

6: Reminisce on those warm, expensive days of summer

Summer was a long time ago, but high energy bills are already back in season as winter arrives.

Don't worry, dads, we built a smarter thermostat with an auto-setback feature that prevents your kids heating or cooling the neighborhood too much – and we created a video Father's Day card to share the news.

7: Get acquainted with the Smart Front Door

This year's arrival of our Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Camera, Skybell HD edition, means that smart home security now truly starts at the front door. Combined with a smart lock, smart lighting and the app, it makes your front door the smartest, safest and most convenient on the block. 

Smart Front Door Security.jpg Planning to make your home smarter in the new year? Here's why it's a resolution worth keeping. Happy 2017!