Favorite Smart Home Gadgets Of The Past That Will Carry Over To 2017
Smart Home products have lit up news websites almost every week for the past year. While, this is great for device manufacturers, it gives consumers extra products to ponder on. These gadgets have come a long way in how they function, installation and interact with humans. The reason consumers gravitate toward connected products is because they allow them to remotely control and automate specific items in and around their home.
Questions To Ask
During your shopping expedition, you will need to keep several factors in mind. Be sure to find the answer to the questions listed below for each Smart device you are considering to purchase.
- Does it integrate with Apple HomeKit or Amazon Alexa?
- Does it require a separate hub or will it work with the existing hub?
- Does it use Bluetooth connectivity, which is limited to a 33 feet signal range, Wi-Fi or both?
- Does it require a professional installation or can it be installed, without professional assistance?
- Is it powered by battery, AC or solar?
- Is a pay service or subscription required?
Top Smart Gadgets From This Past Year:
August Smart Lock HomeKit-Enabled
August is by far one of the most popular Smart Lock brands. The August Smart Lock is extremely easy to set up, plus it allows the homeowner to keep their existing door hardware. In 2016, August Home released a variety of connected devices, including the August Video Doorbell Cam, HomeKit-enabled version of the August Smart Lock and August Smart Keypad.
The lock is also available with Amazon Alexa integration, so it can be activated with voice recognition.
Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller
For busy homeowners that have limited time to water their lawn, the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller will fill the gap. The controller is extremely easy to set up and can be activated from a smartphone, tablet or laptop. The accompanied app provides users with information about watering, along with assisting in creating a watering schedule that is suitable for every season.
Philips Hue A19 Smart LED Bulb
The Philips Hue A19 Smart LED Bulb is a must have for every home. The bulb can be activated from both iOS and Android devices and also works with Amazon Alexa. Users will have 16 million colors and 50,000 shades of white to choose from, allowing them to create the perfect lighting scene for any mood. The bulb will also allow users to sync their lights with TV, games and music.
Netgear Arlo Security System
The Arlo Security System includes a HD camera, Arlo app and Smart Home base station. The system features 1GB free cloud storage, night vision, 20’ motion detection range, 4 real-time video streams, which can be viewed simultaneously, motion alerts and wire-free installation. The camera can be installed indoors or outdoors, plus the installer does not require previous experience.