Smart Gadgets for Your Home in 2018
Welcome to the new era of technology where everything seems to be getting smarter day by day. Be it our phones, our cars, or even our homes. Who needs to leave the couch and see who is at the door when your front door bell rings. Thanks to the Smart Gadgets for your home, you can not only see who is at the door but can also open the door by just tapping on your mobile.
What? Is your home still not smart enough?
Don’t worry, here is the list of devices, we picked for you, to make your home smarter. (off-course you don’t have to leave your couch for that, just follow the links to order 🙂 )
Think of a Hub as the brain of the home automation system. It is the central connection point and the main controller which connects with and controls all other smart devices (door locks, lights for example) connected to it. You communicate with the Hub and the Hub, in turn, communicates with the devices connected to it.
Tip: While purchasing a smart device or hub for your home, do remember to check what protocol it supports. Think of the protocol as the language these devices speak (a way of communication) to communicate with each other. Make sure they speak the same language or at least a language that the brain (hub) understands.
There are many options in the market when it comes to purchasing a hub but below two stand out based on the features and consumers’ reviews.
Tip: If you want a simple to use a basic hub, go for Wink Hub. Samsung SmartThings is your option if have an advance set up.
1. Samsung SmartThings Hub
Samsung SmartThings connect with a wide range of smart devices as it uses several different protocols. It can be a little bit hard to configure because of the many advanced options and feature it offers. It uses Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or the SmartThings apps to control all the devices connected to it.
2. Wink Hub 2
Wink hub is very easy to set up. You can use either the Wink app or Amazon Alexa to control all the connected devices. You can also use Apple’s Siri to connect to the hub and control the connected devices.
Ring Video Door Bell
The Ring door bell is Wi-Fi enabled video door bell which lets you see and speak with anyone at your front door right from your mobile or tablet. It is compatible with Wink and SmartThings hubs.
August Smart Lock
August Smart lock lets you lock and unlock it from your mobile app. It has support for homekit so you can also ask Siri to lock or unlock the door for you.
Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation)
Thermostats are the devices which control the air conditioning and heating inside your home. The smart ones can connect to your home automation system.
Nest thermostat seems to be the choice of many when it comes to smart thermostats for home. It uses Wi-Fi and you can connect/control it from your phone.
Philips Hue Bulbs
Philips hue bulbs are amazing when it comes to lighting up your home. The bulbs can connect to your home automation system and your mobile. It lets you choose which color of light you want from the bulb from not hundred, not thousand but millions of colors. You can also set color themes for the bulbs in your different rooms.