6 Best Smart Home Devices of 2018
Smart Home Devices – What used to be a scene in a futuristic TV show is now a reality. Smart homes exist where almost every aspect of the house, from the lights and taps to the blinds and temperature are connected and can be controlled from a central hub or remotely from your mobile device. This is all part of IoT or the Internet of Things. This rapidly growing technology has many applications but is particularly useful in creating a smart home.
New products are coming out every day so where do you start? Let me share my 6 Best Smart Home Devices of 2016 with you to give you some idea. Prepare to be amazed.
The Amazon Echo
At first glance, this is a high-quality Bluetooth speaker, but that is just the beginning. It will control the smart environment in your home through voice commands. It is a bit like having PA in your living room to attend to all your needs or, it is Siri, Cortana and Google Now all rolled into one. It is powered by Alexa. That is the name of the AI assistant driving the Amazon Echo and will respond to voice commands to read audiobooks, take notes, attend to your diary, reminders, and alarms, tell you the weather and many other days to day tasks. Most importantly, the Echo will connect to your other smart devices and be your central control unit for the multiple gadgets as you add them. It even works with new technologies like If This Then That (IFTTT).
SmartThings Hub by Samsung
This versatile hub is simply amazing. You can buy the basic hub or a starter kit and slowly build and develop your smart environment as you go. The SmartThings hub talks to a huge number of smart devices and can be controlled using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee technology as well as Z-Wave technology. It operates off an Android, iOS or Windows app. It is also IFTTT ready, and there is a growing developer community.back to menu ↑
Harmony Ultimate Home by Logitech
If you don’t want to talk to Alexa or use a mobile app, you might prefer the Harmony Ultimate Homemade by Logitech. This state of the art universal remote control will solve all your problems. Forget everything you knew about universal remotes as this is in a whole different league. It communicates with the amazing hub of the Harmony Home while driving all your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee technology, Z-Wave technology, or other infrared devices in your home, all at the push of a button, or two.back to menu ↑
The NV Piper
If it is a smart, quality indoor camera you are after, you won’t get much better than the Piper NV. Witness live action from anywhere on your iOS or Android mobile device as well as control other smart devices using Z-Wave. Back to the camera, it is a brilliant quality offering digital tilt, pan and zoom functionality and works well in low light. It also offers duplex audio if you want to communicate with someone in the area of the camera.back to menu ↑
The Nest Cam Outdoor
For a good outdoor camera, the weather-proof Nest Cam is the one to go for. It obviously has a weather-proof casing.
It works over Wi-Fi, transmitting real-time copy on video at up to 1080p. Access it on mobile apps or the internet. You can also set it to alert you in the event of motion or audio.back to menu ↑
Philips Hue lights
Even the lights have become smart. Still rather pricey but the Philips Hue line will give you bulbs that you can control both color and brightness. It works on multiple platforms including Alexa, IFTTT, and Siri.
These are just a few of the many examples that are available. The Smart Future explains many more options and applications for the smart home.
So, waiting at a traffic light on your way home, you could be running your bath, putting the kettle on, setting the temperature and lighting and putting on some mellow background music, before you walk in the door. The applications are endless and very exciting.