the ambient

The smart home has become the most exciting space in technology – yet no-one has been covering the space in the manner it deserves. That’s where The Ambient comes in.

The sister site to Wareable and part of the Wareable Media Group, The Ambient is designed to be the first and last word in the smart home. We’re dedicated to demystifying this new world of connected home technology.

The Ambient is here to test and review the best gear on the market, explain how to get your smart home up and running, and show you how to get the most from it. And, perhaps most importantly, we’ll be charting what’s next.

Launched in 2018 by Paul Lamkin and James Stables, who also launched the world's biggest wearable tech website Wareable, The Ambient has grown to be the authority on the smart home.

Speaking in March 2018, to Gorkana, Lamkin explained, "We’re very much pitching The Ambient as not just another tech site. As with Wareable, it’s a site that blurs the boundaries of tech, lifestyle, fashion and a whole lot more.

"The rise of smart speakers and assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Siri through Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant have proven themselves to be the missing link to truly smart homes.

These devices have brought ambient computing – the idea of having AI all around us – to the masses. But with that comes a whole set of new questions for consumers. We’ll be providing in-depth reviews, detailed missing manuals, how-to hacks and a whole lot more."

The Ambient is a champion of good home tech. Experiences that look good, feel good and add to your home. It doesn’t have to be connected – we’re championing any way technology can make our life better.

The Ambient was shortlisted at the AOP Digital Publishing Awards 2018 as the 'Best Digital Launch of the Year' and the Wareable Media Group was also nominated as a 'Publisher of the Year' as well.

The Wareable Media Group has grown to three publications now the latest site, Get Sweat Go, going live in mid-2019.


The Ambient editorial team

James Stables – Co-CEO, Wareable Media Group

James founded the Wareable Media Group with Paul back in 2014 – and The Ambient is the second site in a growing publishing business.

As a technology journalist since 2006, James has reported on the world of gadgets through the explosion of consumer tech, from the release of the first iPhone to iPad, App Store, wearable tech and now the smart home.

It's this appreciation of how technology shapes our lives that led James and Paul to see the promise of wearable technology back in 2014 – but in James' opinion, that's nothing in comparison to the promise of the smart home. In fact, James gave a talk at IFA+ Summit 2015 on the future of the smart home, and a lot of the thinking – around the opportunity of voice control – fed into the creation of The Ambient.

You can email James - james@the-ambient.com

Or check out his profile on LinkedIn.

Paul Lamkin – Co-CEO, Wareable Media Group

Before launching Wareable with James back in 2014 Paul worked for a variety of the UK's biggest and best consumer tech publications including Pocket-lint, Electric Pig, Tech Digest, What Laptop, T3 and TechRadar.

He also had a couple of years as the senior editor of tech at MSN, where we was allowed to write about other things than Windows and Xboxes on a few occasions. The Ambient was born because Paul was sick of Fitbits and Android Wear watches. Only joking.

You can email Paul - paul@the-ambient.com

Or check out his profile on LinkedIn.

Hugh Langley – Editor

Hugh is the editor of The Ambient and brings over a decade of tech journalism experience. A Brit based in San Francisco, Hugh is perfectly positioned for the latest smart home innovations. Prior to The Ambient, Hugh was US editor of Wareable, where he remains editor-at-large, and spent time at TechRadar.

Hugh is particularly interested in voice assistants and how they affect our lives, and dreams of a day where screens are replaced with natural commands, and we can finally lift our heads out of our phone screens.

You can contact Hugh - hugh@the-ambient.com

Or check out his profile on LinkedIn.

Richard Easton – Affiliate director

Richard is Wareable Media Group's affiliate director. He has enjoyed long and varied career in consumer tech and lifestyle publishing. He started his journalism career as a staff writer for Computer Shopper magazine and Expert Reviews – covering everything from smartphones to computing to AV and smart home.

After that, he became the wearables and fitness editor for Trusted Reviews, letting him combine his love of both fitness and tech gadgets. It also finally gave him a way to get paid to be in the gym that didn’t require an expensive PT course. He later became the commercial content editor at Trusted, helping readers to find the best deals and savings on tech.

He still reviews tech to this day, with a particularly keen interest in where wearables are going around strength performance and conditioning. When he’s not got a wearable on every limb you’ll find him in a powerlifting gym lifting heavy things up. Richard is the self-proclaimed ‘henchest journo in tech’ and challenges anyone who thinks otherwise to a deadlift contest.

You can contact Richard - richard@wareable.com

Or check out his profile on LinkedIn.

Conor Allison – Associate editor

Conor joined The Ambient at launch in 2018, with previous experience at Digital Spy as a technology reporter and a background in journalism stretching back to 2013, where he graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with first class honours in Journalism.

Alongside his role at sister site, Wareable, where he focuses on the latest developments in connected health and wearable technology from companies such as Apple, Google and Fitbit, Conor is the associate editor of The Ambient.

An expert on Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, Conor frequently covers the latest news and features in the areas of speakers, displays, lights, cameras and the smart assistants housed inside.

This role also sees Conor test and offer verdicts on the best new smart home devices through in-depth reviews, product comparisons, buying guides and how-to explainers, helping readers weigh up their options, develop informed opinions and buy with confidence.

You can contact Conor - conor@the-ambient.com

Or check out his profile on LinkedIn.


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