It seems like only yesterday when the idea of controlling futuristic technology around your home with your smartphone was reserved for sci-fi movies. Yet these days, those very products can be found on the shelves of your local tech store. You can now control your music, lighting, temperature, security and even cookware from the same device you use to make calls and play Candy Crush.
Granted, there have been tons of gimmicks and, let’s be honest, quite silly ideas along the way. But there has also been a wave of intuitive and genuinely useful innovations that make life at home easier and more enjoyable. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at four great devices from the latter category, starting with the essential smart home product – a speaker.
Instead of recommending a single product for the first category, we’re going to take a look at the top three. This is namely due to the fact that the most suitable option for you largely depends on the devices you use on a daily basis.
If you’re invested in the Google ecosystem, pick up the Google Assistant. If you’re used to seeing Apple logos on your products, Apple’s Siri speaker is the way to go. If you want the best of both worlds, Amazon’s Echo is the standard choice – and for good reason.
Either way, each speaker provides a plethora of functions and integrates well with other smart home devices. Playing music upon command is only one of the countless things these devices can do. From making calls to creating your shopping lists to controlling your lights – the possibilities are endless and their software is constantly being upgraded.
Many homeowners need to monitor and regulate the temperature in certain rooms to store fragile items or to take care of plants and animals. Being able to do so from the comfort of your smartphone makes this a quick and easy process. There are a couple of great brands to choose from here, including SensorPush and Temp Stick.
Check out this resource on temperature products to find out which smart thermometer will work best in your home.
Smart Security Camera
Smart cameras like Netgear’s Arlo Q feature Full HD video recording, night vision, power scheduling, lightning fast motion sensors and a variety of connectivity options. Some cameras even feature complimentary cloud storage to keep all your recordings secure and easily accessible.
When it comes to secure smart home products, Nest makes them best. And their doorbell is no exception. The Nest Hello features facial recognition, a solid speaker and microphone setup, video recording and motion detection. Your guests will be impressed before they even walk into the house.
Many of these devices not only add a unique layer of comfort to your home, but also keep you a little safer when it matters most. They also happen to be extremely easy to set up and a great deal of fun to use. What’s your favorite smart home product? Let us know in the comments below.