These gadgets will help you make your home smarter
We all want a home that can do more for us. Wouldn't it be great if your house could charge your devices automatically, open and close its own blinds, and set itself to exactly the right temperature all by itself? It's entirely possible thanks to the Internet of Things. These days, you don't have to feel overwhelmed by all you have to do to take care of your house. There are gadgets that can help. That's why we’re rounding up our favorite gadgets that will help you make your home smarter.
Maintaining a home can be a struggle. It doesn’t matter if you spent an hour cleaning your kitchen this morning, it’ll be a complete mess again after lunch. And if you live with a few other people, the rest of the house is bound to get that way, too. And while you’re away, you wish there was someone there, always keeping an eye on things. You know, just in case. But hired help gets sick, needs rest and—oh yeah—charges by the hour. That’s why it might be a good idea to make home smarter by outfitting it with some items that take advantage of the Internet of Things.
According to PC Mag, the IoT is a key component of home automation and lets your home be less dependent on you. So instead of adjusting your temperature and blind settings multiple times, every day, your smart home can do it for you.
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In any case, I’m sure you’ll find some gadgets here that will make caring for your home easier. We could all use an extra hand keeping our home safe and clean.
Netatmo Smart Outdoor Camera with Siren Security Cam
Have eyes on your home at all times with the Netatmo Smart Outdoor Camera with Siren Security Cam. This home security camera gives you free video storage, so you won’t have to pay any monthly fees for service. Similar to the outdoor camera from Netatmo, this gadget has a 105-decibel alarm that detects people, animals, and vehicles. Not only will it alert you to what is going on, but it can also scare off potential thieves. What’s more, this camera will notify you if it sees someone it doesn’t recognize.
Logitech Circle View Secure Video Camera
Another smart home security camera is the Logitech Circle View Secure Video Camera. This gadget is compatible with Apple HomeKit and captures footage in 1080p. With the camera’s 180-degree diagonal field of view, you can see it all. Additionally, infrared night vision lets you see everything within 15 feet, even in the dark. The stylish black aluminum color will look great on a shelf or mounted to a wall.
August Wi-Fi Smart Deadbolt
Unlike most smart locks that require an additional bridge to connect, the August Wi-Fi Smart Deadbolt Lock connects directly to your home Wi-Fi network. This gadget will let you remotely lock or unlock your door, check door status, and grant virtual guest keys. It also attaches to your existing deadbolt so you can keep your original keys. Best of all, when you’re wearing your Apple Smartwatch, this gadget can sense when you are coming or going and automatically lock or unlock the door. This deadbolt is a convenient way to make your house smarter.
Clevermade LockBox Package Locker
Prevent your Amazon orders from being stolen with the Clevermade LockBox Package Locker. The delivery person will place your package inside the LockBox where it will be safe until you can open it. This mailbox is also suitable for UPS, USPS, and FedEx shipments. With its lid that opens with hydraulics, it can open and close even when your hands are full. And you don’t have to worry about someone hauling off your LockBox. You can anchor this gadget to an exterior wall with the included screws.
IKEA FYRTUR Smart Window Blinds
The IKEA FYRTUR Smart Window Blinds are a great addition to your smarter home. With remote and smartphone control, this device makes it easy for you to lower and raise your shades. They also work with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit for extra convenience. Additionally, you can even set them on a timer to rise and lower precisely when you want them to. There’s never been a cooler way to make your home smarter.
ecobee SmartSensor Motion Detector
The ecobee SmartSensor Motion Detector measures the temperature of whatever room you place it in. Since sometimes you need to know the exact temperature of a room, especially if it’s your baby’s nursery. What’s more, this smart gadget measures both temperature and occupancy. Best of all, its five-year battery life means this device requires little maintenance from you. Finally, the sensor works up to 60 feet away from the thermostat hub, which should cover your entire living space. If not, you can connect up to 32 SmartSensors.
Kohler Konnect Sensate Smart Kitchen Sink Faucet
Your home will definitely feel smarter with the Kohler Konnect Sensate Smart Kitchen Sink Faucet. This virtual kitchen assistant turns your faucet on when you ask it to since it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. This smart faucet also dispenses accurate amounts of water and comes with two sprays. Additionally, the faucet operates on a reliable touchless system so you can turn it on and off without getting it dirty.
Ring Alarm Second-Generation Home Security Device
Another gadget that will help you make your home smarter and safer is the Ring Alarm Second-Generation Home Security Device. This home security device features quick-access buttons for contacting emergency services. Just hold the button for three seconds, and the system will make the call. You’ll love that the slim sensors and matte finish will blend into the corners and edges of your home. The mobile app lets you control the system when you’re away, and Alexa lets you control it with your voice.
Ring Next-Generation Video Doorbell 3
With additional features compared to its predecessor, the Ring Next-Generation Video Doorbell 3 is an updated way to keep your home safe. This Ring doorbell has improved motion-detection capabilities and better Wi-Fi connectivity. And the 1080p HD video will let you see everything clearly. Best of all, with the two-way talk feature you can speak to anyone outside of your home. Amazon Alexa compatible, this video doorbell makes your home smarter and is a breeze to operate.
Eve Energy Strip Smart Triple Outlet
You probably have an energy strip at your house, but it may not be like the Eve Energy Strip Smart Triple Outlet. This smart power strip has three power outlets that you can control via the Eve app or Siri on your smartphone. Use it to turn each outlet on or off as you wish. Or set a schedule for charging your devices while you’re away. Finally, this smart outlet tracks how much power your devices use and lets you know if anything is using more energy than it should.
Philips Hue Appear Outdoor Wall Light
Smart homes should be lit with smart lights. And the Philips Hue Appear Outdoor Wall Light gives you beautiful beams of light shining up and down your external walls. This outdoor lamp is a statement piece for your entryway since you can light it in 16 million LED colors. Having a birthday party? Set it for a colorful mix. Is it the holidays? Choose a festive combination. And with the Hue app, it’s easy to personalize and set a schedule for this smart light through the Hue app.
Ring Smart Lighting Solar
Another gadget that will help you light your home smarter is the Ring Smart Lighting Solar. Just a few hours of sunlight exposure is all these lights need to be ready anytime you need then. You can also set lighting routines and enable features like Dusk to Dawn from the app. This way your home will always have the perfect lighting, without intervention from you.
Netatmo Smart Door Lock and Keys
Keep your front door secure with the Netatmo Smart Door Lock and Keys. The keys in this system are customizable and impossible to duplicate, and you can deactivate or reactivate them from the app. Unlike conventional keys, if your Netatmo Keys are lost or stolen, your home’s security is not at risk. The app lets you activate a new set of Smart Keys. Or the system can let you enter your home with your smartphone. Make your home truly smarter with this door and lock system.
Nanoleaf Learning Series Smart Lighting
You’ll never have to bother with your lighting again with the Learning Series Smart Lighting. This beautiful new light series actually learns about your lighting preferences so you don’t have to change the setup three times a day or more. It comes with three gadgets: a Learning Button, a Learning Light Bulb, and a Learning Switch. The idea is that this lighting is more intuitive, which allows it to react to its environment instead of relying on you to set a schedule.
Poseidon Smart Mirror
A gadget that will make your home smarter and help you take better care of yourself is the Poseidon Smart Mirror. This clever gadget can analyze your skin, test your vision, and give you hygiene gamification. Its screen is voice-operated and touchless, so you won’t have to wipe off fingerprints every day. Best of all are its possibilities for customization. The Poseidon is available in large or small sizes, can be hung horizontally or vertically, and boasts color and lighting options.
GARDEN Smart SILENO City Robotic Lawnmower Set
You can have a pristine lawn all the time if you set up your home smarter. The GARDENA Smart SILENO City Robotic Lawnmower Set, can trim your yard automatically so that you can enjoy more free time. Also, it’s super quiet so you won’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbor. And when this robotic lawnmower is finished, it returns to its charging station on its own. What’s more, the programming assistant helps you schedule a mowing plan during installation.
ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control Intelligent Thermostat
Control the temperature in your home the smart way with the ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control Intelligent Thermostat. It responds to a variety of voice assistants and doesn’t detect only temperature. This smart thermostat can tell how many people are in a room and can adjust its settings accordingly. Also, you’ll decide where this device senses temperature so that you feel perfectly toasty no matter where you’re sitting.
Misa Next Generation Social Family Robot
Have you ever felt like you needed a personal assistant or a live-in helper? Now you can have one, in robot form, with the Misa Next Generation Social Family Robot. She can be a friend, a teacher, a helper, a photographer, and more. Her four wheels and sensors let her travel, learn, and interact with her world. Misa can also help organize your day since she can make video calls, set alarms, update your schedule, and more.
Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box Home Theater Device
A gadget that will make your entertainment smarter is the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box Home Theater Device. This gadget connects your television with your lights. It also supports Dolby Vision as well as HDR10+ if your TV is compatible. And for the ultimate convenience, you can control it with Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. Basically, this TV will sync your lights with your content. So they’ll dim, brighten, flash, and dance according to the action.
Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker
Make your home smarter sound-wise, too, with the Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker. It has an integrated wireless charger that can even fast charge your smartphone. What’s more, this wireless charging speaker is compatible with Google Assistant voice commands. Finally, the Belkin Soundform Elite has impressive acoustics for a great listening experience.
Excited to make your home smarter? I, for one, definitely see a smart faucet in my future. And a robotic lawnmower wouldn’t be too bad either. Which of these do you think you’ll be getting? Let us know!
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