Carley Knobloch

Carley is on a mission to help people improve their relationship with tech. She's a regular on the Today Show and a smart home consultant to HGTV. She resides in L.A. with her husband, two kids & myriad devices. Follow her blog & Twitter for more.
12 Flower (and Plant!) Delivery Services Perfect for Valentine’s Day Gifting
THIS is where to shop for Instagram-worthy arrangements this year.
Jan 13, 2023
Here’s How You Build a Smart Home the Smart Way
You dream of having a smart home the way others dream of having a closet full of designer shoes. The only problem? You’re on a budget, and smart home solutions are way beyond your means… Or are they? It’s true that just like designer shoes, many smart home devices and systems come with a high price tag. Truth: High-end connected appliances and kits costing thousands of dollars are nice, but they aren’t essential to creating a smart home experience.
Oct 14, 2018
Should a Projector Be Your Next Home Entertainment Move?
When it comes to TVs at home, there are two teams. Team Hide That Thing Away does not want that distracting piece of technology messing up their design story, and they’d rather put it behind pocket doors or in a piece of furniture. And then there is Team Hail To The Screen: The Television, in all its glory, IS the design story, and the size is only limited to how large a screen can fit through the front door.
May 3, 2017
We Quizzed Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Who’s Smarter?
Amazon’s Echo, a Bluetooth speaker powered by voice assistant Alexa, burst on to the scene a couple years ago and instantly captured the hearts and minds of consumers. You could hear the collective cry: voice control is finally here! Of course, there was lots of voice control on the market already (including Apple’s O.G. Siri), but Alexa was the first out of the gate that promised—and delivered—on making voice commands useful in the home.
Mar 21, 2017
Taking a Bite from the Apple: 10 Other Tech Brands with Great Design
In the early age of technology, products and devices weren’t always pretty to look at. Computers were clunky, TVs were monstrous, and— if you can remember this— phones were beige and tethered to the wall. Shudder. Then Apple came along and changed all that, by making us lust after their beautiful designs. They understood that, as tech jumped off your office design and became personal, the consumer would want style just as much as they want function.
Mar 7, 2017
A Cheat Sheet for Decoding Television Buying Jargon (When it All Means Nothing to You)
Thanks to leaps in innovation, televisions with flat screens, curved screens, and super high resolution are getting more affordable by the day. Unfortunately, buying a TV is more complicated to navigate than ever, with all the acronyms, jargon, and numbers that mean…what, exactly? It’s as if the tech is evolving so fast that no one’s taking the time to explain it to the average buyer. So let’s break this all down into plain english.
Jan 19, 2017
What’s Worth It? Choosing Between a Higher- and Lower-Priced TV (That Look Exactly the Same to You)
Two TVs. Their boxes are full of confusing terms and complicated jargon. And their prices are night and day. How do you know if the pricey TV is worth the money? What are you really getting for the upgrade? It’s hard to know for certain while you’re standing in the store, and online reviews just make things even more byzantine. At the end of the day, it can be tough to know what you’re paying for when you’re buying a TV.
Jan 18, 2017
The 6 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before Buying a TV…When They All Look the Same to You
So you’re shopping for a new television. You enter a big box store and find yourself standing in front of a synchronized wall of flashing monitors, a dizzying world of sensory overload that gives you everything except answers to your questions such as: Will this picture look as good in my home as it does here? What features will I really use? Why is it so hot in here, and why don’t these stores serve cocktails?! Buying a television these days can be overwhelming.
Jan 17, 2017
Merry Christmas to Us: The Smart Home Gear Couples Should Put on Their Own Lists
Imagine yourself gift shopping, selflessly browsing the aisles, checking off items on your to-do list, when you find it: the perfect gift. Let me clarify: you find the perfect gift for yourself. While it’s a gift you know your significant other would love, you also know it’s something you’ve been longing for all year. You need to have it. You both need to have it. Perhaps it’s time to make your own wish list.
Dec 5, 2016
Want to Get Healthier in 2018? Put These on Your List
I’m going to go out on a whim and guess that at least one of your New Year’s resolutions will focus on health. Let’s dive deeper, shall we? Does this particular resolution have to do with improving your personal health? I thought so. You might think your resolutions should start well after the New Year, but the truth is, now is the time to set yourself up for success. One of the easiest ways to do this is to add some of these smart wellness and fitness gadgets to your list.
Dec 3, 2016
Smart Home Magic: The Trickiest Ways to Automate Your Life
This month we’ll be sharing solutions that are so simple and easy—and at times, automated—that they feel like magic. Hocus Pocus celebrates all the small ways you can trick yourself into living a better life. If you jumped on the bandwagon and watched Stranger Things recently, you’re probably looking for ways to feel less creeped out every time you wake up to go to the bathroom at night and have to walk down that long, dark hallway.
Oct 18, 2016
Smart Vacuums Smackdown: Which Robot Vacuum Is Best for You?
Okay, so we haven’t quite made it to the Jetsons era where Rosie the robot does all the household cleaning, then has dinner ready when we get home. But in 2016, you can invite a robot into your home to help with at least one chore: vacuuming.
Sep 27, 2016
There’s an App for That: Roommate Dramas That Can Be Avoided With Your Phone
Passive aggressive refrigerator notes. Arguments about how to split the utility bill. Dust bunnies that Just. Keep. Growing. These are just a few everyday scenarios that illustrate the ways in which living with roommates can be challenging (to say the least), whether those sharing the space are best friends or total strangers. Thankfully, tech can help.
Sep 14, 2016
5 DIY Ways to Transform Your Fitness Tracker
Wearables like the Apple Watch, Fitbit, and UP by Jawbone can change your life in high-tech ways, from encouraging lots of steps and tracking your sleep to sending calendar alerts directly to your wrist. Thanks to their tech-y designs, however, they don’t generally come dressed properly for your chic arm party.
Sep 10, 2016
5 Surprising Things Your Nest Thermostat Can Do for You (Like, Uh, The Laundry!)
If you’ve already invested in a Nest Learning Thermostat ($249) or have read about the smart device, you likely know about some of the perks—but not all of them. Nest allows you to turn up the AC from your iPhone when you’re about to head home on summer’s hottest day, open utility bills that have dropped significantly thanks to the smart Auto-Away mode, and just generally live in a world where the temperature is perfectly regulated at all times.
Aug 9, 2016
The Future is Now: Turn Your Small Home Into a “Smart-partment”
Smart Home technology has exploded in recent years, and it’s been a challenge to keep up with what’s available, what’s compatible, and what’s getting positive reviews. It has also been a really exciting time for those of us with small homes (and budgets), since DIY smart home technology is affordable, easy to install, and often ideal for small spaces (even if you don’t own yours).
Jun 15, 2016
Worth It: Digital Cameras That Can Out-Camera Your Smartphone
It points. It shoots. It has a ridiculous number of megapixels. And it makes phone calls. It’s your smartphone, and with so much camera power, you might think dedicated point-and-shoots have been outmoded. But some of the new digital cameras out there can do things your smartphone can’t—plus they look great, and your snaps will never be interrupted by a call from your mom. Here are three cameras worth tossing in your tote, right next to your smartphone.
Apr 14, 2016
Supercharge Your Spring Cleaning: 5 Ways Tech Can Help You Save Space & Declutter
I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but you’ll often find me with a garbage bag in one hand and a spray bottle in another. I’m tossing things left and right and deep cleaning what’s left. I guess you could call it “spring cleaning,” but with the weather being always-sunny here in Los Angeles, I feel it’s less about the season and more about how things tend to pile up during the school year: the toys, the papers, the… stuff.
Apr 5, 2016
Sonically Stellar and Stylish Bluetooth Speakers for Your Bookshelf
Finding them isn’t tough these days; they come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re pretty ubiquitous—just last weekend, I saw some for sale at the gas station where I was buying gum. The fact that they’re easy to come by, however, doesn’t mean they’re all of the same quality or style. In fact, many of the ones I’ve seen are a bit garish, and I’m quite certain that gas station model isn’t top in the sound department.
Feb 13, 2016
How To Watch TV Now
In the 1950s, families around the nation would simultaneously crowd around their TVs to watch Ed Sullivan or whatever prime time show was on. Seems hard to imagine now, since the options are endless for what we choose to watch, when we watch, and where we watch. All of this choice has made it difficult to do something as simple as watch TV, but it also means savings for the consumer. Grab your remotes, because it’s time for a primer on how to watch TV now.
Jan 7, 2016
These Apps Will Help You Entertain for the Holidays
Holiday entertaining is in full swing, and I’ve learned the hard way that I can’t do everything by myself. Gone are the days when I slaved over the styling, the shopping, the cooking and cleaning on my own: Lessons were learned during the Great Blender Explosion of 2011 and the Cannoli Stuffing Incident of 2008.
Dec 17, 2015