Homes are getting smarter. You probably already have a few smart gadgets, or at least have heard of smart home integration. The category includes things like the voice operated Alexa, TVs that directly stream Netflix, and other such technology. But smart integration goes way beyond just TVs these days, with a wave of new gadgets designed to streamline many parts of a home.
As with all new technology, not every smart gadget is useful beyond being just a novelty. Some gadgets, however, are nothing short of life changing in their functionality. Here are some of the smart gadgets that have the potential to dramatically make your home better. Or at least will add a modern flare that is sure to delight guests.
The easiest place to start smart home integration is with lighting. Who has time to go around putting on lights these days, when it can all be fully automated? The Hue range from Philips is impressive to say the least, mostly because of how easy it all is to operate. Simply replacing your old bulbs with smart bulbs is the extent of the process.
As would be expected, the Hue range can all be easily directly operated, or can otherwise be set to turn on and off at specific times. The bulbs fit into HomeKit support for Alexa and Google, which means that voice operation is possible. But although voice operation is neat, it does defeat the purpose of smart home automation. Most will prefer to set on and off times once, then just enjoy automatic lighting indefinitely.
We’ve all come across a great online casino welcome bonus, only to then sit on the PC and hit the pokies until the early hours. It’s all good fun, but what about the energy draw of the PC for all the hours of entertainment? Perhaps it would have been better to play mobile. If you’re looking to be more energy conscious, or just have wireless control of household devices, you need Eve Energy.
Eve Energy is a range of smart plugs specifically designed to push smart home integration to the next level. Most devices plugged into Eve Energy can be remotely turned on or off, with the added bonus of energy consumption simultaneously being monitored. It’s a great idea, and the creative possibilities really are endless. The only drawback in the case of Eve Energy is that Alexa and Google aren’t supported. So you’ll have to use an app.
August Smart Lock Pro
Yes, the days of automated doors are finally here, making every 80s science fiction film a reality. Though the lock doesn’t actually open the door, it just locks it. The device fits over your existing lock, secures it, and automatically controls it. This means that you can lock and unlock your door with voice commands, adding an extra level of security. A perfect companion for the Eufy Video Doorbell.