Oct 22, 2019
Nowadays, we can automate just about anything using our
smartphones: speakers, lights, locks, thermostats, and more. These devices have
given us the ability to know and control what’s going in and around our house
when we’re not there. Thanks to rapidly evolving technology and the Internet of Things, we are now more connected than ever. With the touch of a button or the sound of our voice, we can conveniently control a number of devices.
From home assistants to wirelessly controlled kitchen
appliances, we’ve compiled a list of different devices you can use to make your
The Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that is powered by Alexa,
an artificial voice-controlled personal assistant. Simply ask Alexa to play a
song, make a call, set an alarm, answer a question, check the weather, and
more. The Echo device is also compatible with several smart home devices,
including smart lights and thermostats.
Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot
This device controls your home through voice command with help from the Google Assistant. Use your Google Home to get answers to your
questions, play music, organize your schedule, set alarms, make calls, stream
on your Chromecast, and control any other compatible home automation devices.
Google Home Mini, Google Home Max
Logitech’s Harmony Hub controls your home entertainment and
smart home devices from a smartphone or tablet. Using the Harmony Activities
app, you can control individual devices or create a custom activity to trigger
a sequence of device functions. The Harmony Hub can be paired with Alexa and is
compatible with over 270,000 entertainment and smart home devices, including
Sonos, Apple TV, PlayStation, Ecobee, Roku, and more.
Harmony Companion, Harmony Elite
The Brilliant Home Control allows you to easily manage all
your smart home devices from one single control panel on your wall or app on
your smartphone. This panel can control your lighting, temperature, music, and
door locks. Brilliant has built-in Alexa voice control and is compatible with
smart products brands including Philips Hue, Honeywell, Sonos, and Ring.
Price: Starts at $299 and has no annual fees
Similar products: One to four switch control
Frontpoint’s security system is a fully integrated and
automated system that connects your home security to your smartphone.
Frontpoint’s sensors arrive pre-programmed and its home automation devices are
ready-to-use. This security system includes 24/7 professional monitoring
service and is customizable to fit your lifestyle.
equipment and plans rates vary, it’s recommended to contact the company for a
quote. Packages start at $430.95 and monitoring plans start at $34.99.
Use the ADT Command to set up your home security system and
manage it from your smartphone. Using their app and connected home automation
devices, you can remotely check on your family members, lock and unlock your
doors, and manage your lights and thermostats. This system also includes their
Smart Generation Panel, which provides 24/7 Canadian monitoring.
start at $35 per month, not including installation and other fees.
Ring Peephole Cam
This device helps you see who’s at your door from home and
away, whether you live in an apartment, condo, or house. The Ring Peephole Cam has a motion sensor that notifies you on your
smartphone, tablet, or computer. From your device, you can see, hear, and speak
to your visitor from anywhere.
Similar products: Video
Doorbell, Video Doorbell Pro
x Yale Lock
This smart lock allows you to create passcodes to open the
door and get alerts when they are used. Using the Nest app on your, lock and unlock
your door from anywhere. The Next x Yale Lock replaces your current
deadbolt and is tamper-proof.
Nest Learning Thermostat
This smart thermostat helps you save energy and it programs
itself, automatically adapting to your lifestyle and the changing seasons. Through
the Nest app, you can control your thermostat from your phone and see your
energy history. The device also lights up when you enter the room to display
the time, temperature, or weather.
Similar products: Nest
Hue White Ambiance
Control the lighting of your home to get the optimal ambiance for
any activity, from waking up to going to sleep. Set your lighting to help you
relax or concentrate using timers or remotely from your smartphone. It is also
compatible with Alexa and Google Home and can connect with motion sensors and
Similar products: Hue
White, Hue White and Color Ambiance
This self-vacuuming robot uses sensor technology to
intelligently map and remember your home’s floor plan. It learns, maps, and
adapts so that you can control which rooms to clean and when, all from your
smartphone or home assistants. This vacuum is also ideal for homeowners with
pets, picking up cat and dog allergens.
Similar products: Roomba
s Series, i Series, 900 Series, e Series, 600 Series
This sous-vide device will transform you into a chef
delivering restaurant-quality food every single time. Using the Anova app
on your smartphone, you can control your precision cooker from anywhere with
Similar products: Anova
Precision Cooker Nano, Anova Precision Cooker Pro
These are just a few of the many ways you can enhance your
style of living through home automation devices. While some of these are
pricier investments, these products can help you save money, energy, and time
in the long run.
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