In the tech space, smart home devices and wearables are becoming ubiquitous and with every month more and more devices are being released. Keeping up with it all can be challenging.
Here are five different smart home gadgets you could get for your home to automate tasks such as the heating controls, garage door openings, automatic hoovering and more.
A widely used device is the Smart Thermostat and one of the most popular ones is the Nest Learning Thermostat. It controls the heating in your house and saves you money by adjusting to your schedule, learning as time goes on to vary your heating and cooling adjustments as needed.
The actual device is a well made, high quality unit which can be mounted on the wall – the whole outer chassis moves for navigational purposes and adjustments.
It also features some other features such as Auto-Away which uses the device’s built in motion detectors to monitor if any people are in the house and then it will turn the heating down to save energy and money.
Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener
The Chamberlain MyQ connects to the internet, allowing you to open and close your garage door from your smartphone or tablet. It also provides real time notifications and updates about the status of the garage door, so you can see who is going in or out or if you have left it open by accident!
It is really easy to set up using your android of Apple phone and will work with any garage door opener manufactured after 1993.
August Smart Lock
With this clever device you will no longer have the argument over who lost the keys! The smart lock enables keyless entry from your iPhone, just requiring you to tap your phone on the lock. Adding multiple keys is also easy – invite friends and family to have extra keys. It is intended to replace your existing key system and uses the deadbolt system.
Phillips Hue Bulbs
The Philips Hue system was one of the first WiFi connected bulbs to hit the market and is still one of the most popular. It even offers different parameters such as the colour, brightness and timing. An app on your phone or Apple Watch can be used to control your lights and make adjustments; you can even turn the lights of from work.
The bulbs require a hub which then connects to your router which will act as a central point for all the bulbs in the home.
If you’re not keen on controlling your lighting with your phone, Phillips also sell a device called the Hue Tap, a battery-less device which can be mounted on the wall or carried about in your pocket, which can be used to control the lighting in that room. The buttons on it can be configured to turn on different lights scenes to sets of lights. So for example one button could activate the “Movie” scene which would dim the main lights but turn on the side lamps.
Nest Protect Smoke Alarm
There are now added ways to protect your house and family from fire. The Nest Protect smoke alarm has smoke and carbon monoxide detection and the impressive feature of mobile notifications which alert you, for instance, when smoke or carbon monoxide has been detected. If either of these two has been detected, it will actually work with the Nest Thermostat to turn of the heating or conditioning to help prevent any possible problems.
Another advantage is that you can wave at the device to turn if off if you have burnt the toast (save you getting on a chair and waving smoke away with a tea towel!)
Give some of these devices a go and enjoy the benefits!