Although there are no fully automated smart home computers like the ones we see on movies yet, the smart home technology that does exist is still quite impressive. The past few years have seen tremendous accomplishments in the field of smart home technology, with new smart home devices popping up every few months, all aimed to make life easier, safer, and more comfortable. To save you the confusion of sorting through hundreds of smart home devices yourself, this article has rounded up six of the most useful ones for you to try.
- Amazon Echo Spot
Amazon Echo Spot is one of the latest inventions in Amazon’s popular Echo series of smart home devices. It’s a touchscreen speaker and hub, which can be connected to other smart home devices like LED lighting systems, locks, cameras, switches, smart TVs, and more. You will not need a remote for every gadget; a voice command is all you’ll need. It also performs all of the usual tasks that a standard Echo speaker can.
- Nest Learning Thermostat
This smart tech thermostat offers you an opportunity to program it or let it learn on its own, to adjust to your daily schedules and routine. The preset schedules enable it to cool or warm the house accordingly. When the right room condition is reached, the device cuts off the power supply, enabling you to save dramatically on your heating and cooling bills. You can also control it remotely with a smartphone app to adjust the temperature manually.
- August Smart Lock
August Smart Lock can be accessed through an app installed on any iOS or Android smartphone and is compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home too. This door lock is one of the easiest to install. It fits right on top of your existing deadbolt lock. It will lock or unlock from any connected device so you can send keys to anyone you want. If you don’t have a device handy, it will still work with your old keys, giving you peace of mind that you won’t get accidentally locked out.
- Blink XT Security Camera System
Smart home security systems are getting smarter, simpler, and better. The Blink XT system has three HD cameras and comes with two motion detectors, with an option of adding more in the future if necessary. The security cameras can send video footage directly to your phone. You have an option of viewing live video feeds as well, so you can keep an eye on your home no matter where you are.
- Roomba Automated Vacuum Cleaner
Although it was among the first automated vacuums on the market, the Roomba brand is still going strong. Roomba presents you with a variety of smart automated vacuum cleaners that use sensors to navigate accurately around the house. They are easy to set up and can run on a schedule to clean when it’s most convenient for you, such as when you’re at work or asleep. While they cost a little more than manual vacuum cleaners, they save you the time of having to do the vacuuming yourself.
- Tile Mate
Tile Mate is a Bluetooth tracker that you attach to important items, like your keys or wallet. Once attached, the Tile Mate sends signals of its whereabouts to an app installed on your smartphone, Amazon Echo, or Google Home device. No more lost items! You can also use it in reverse if you misplace your phone. Double tap on any Tile Mate that’s paired with your phone, and it will ring your phone to help you find it.
These devices are a great place to start exploring the world of smart home tech. Equipping your home with smart devices will not only make your life easier but can give you something fun to play with too.