How Smart is Your Smart Home?
What if all the devices in your life could connect to the Internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, door bells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, cooking utensils, you name it. And what if those devices could all communicate, send you information, and take your commands? It’s not science fiction; it’s the Internet of Things (IoT), and it’s a key component of home automation and smart homes. Home automation is exactly what it sounds like: automating the ability to control items around the house—from window shades to pet feeders—with a simple push of a button (or a voice command). Some activities, like setting up a lamp to turn on and off at your whim, are simple and relatively inexpensive. Others, like advanced surveillance cameras, may require a more serious investment of time and money. There are many smart home product categories, so you can control everything from lights and temperature to locks and security in your home. Here’s a rundown of the best products for every room of the house.
Want complete wireless supremacy over the lights in your smart home? The Philips Hue line delivers with bulbs that let you control not only the intensity of the light, but also the color. It can get pricey, to be sure, but the Hue ecosystem has been around long enough that it works with just about every other system out there. Not interested in colorful lights but still want that incredible granular control over an all-white bulb? Philips has the Hue White coming in at an almost bargain price, at least for smart bulbs.Smart lighting for your home – sync your Philips Hue lights with movies and music through your iOS and Android devices. Turn on imagination – play with light and choose from 16 million colors and the bulbs have been improved with deeper and richer green, cyan and blue colors for an even better scene setting in your home. Light for your health and well being – pre-set light settings on the Philips Hue App to help your kid to concentrate, for you to energize and for your family to read and relax. Turn on your peace of mind – control your lights from anywhere with the Philips Hue app (needs a Philips Hue bridge). Control your lights your way – set light schedules for easy home automation, also control your Philips Hue lights with your voice on Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. New and enhanced Hue bridge with increased internal storage for added functionality. Works with HomeKit for Apple iPhone integration (iOS 9 users only) – control your lights with Siri voice control and turn your existing Hue lights into HomeKit controllable lights and discover exciting new uses through 3rd party HomeKit apps. With the bridge, you can expand your Hue ecosystem and control your lights remotely or link them up to the rest of the web, newsfeeds or even your own inbox – the heart of your Hue system to create the ultimate lighting experience. Set timers and alarms, connect to a variety of apps, dim the light and more.
The Wink Hub 2 works with devices that use Z-Wave, ZigBee, Lutron Clear Connect, Kidde, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. It is also for the future. That includes just about everything in the smart home spectrum, from Philips Hue lighting and the Netgear Arlo camera, to Google Home. It’s the most reliable, widely supported hub.Wink is the quick and simple way to connect you and your home. Manage hundreds of smart products from the best brands in one simple app. Faster, more reliable and more secure, Wink Hub 2 is the next generation of the Wink Hub. Hub 2 is compatible with more smart home technologies, so you can buy the devices you like from the brands you trust and know they’ll work seamlessly with Wink.
Don’t like talking and prefer controlling things the old fashioned way: by pushing buttons? The Logitech Harmony Elite is the ultimate universal remote for a reason: it controls a lot more than just TV and stereo. The pricey unit connects with the included Harmony Home Hub to control other Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, or infrared devices in your house.Harmony Elite Remote Logitech Harmony Elite is the most powerful and intuitive Harmony remote that works with Alexa. It controls up to 15 devices for seamless control of your entertainment – and your home. The all-new design keeps the best features from its predecessors-color touchscreen, motion sensing, and vibration feedback-and adds an improved button layout, voice integration, dedicated connected home buttons, and a replaceable, rechargeable battery with 20% greater capacity.
the Netgear Arlo is completely wireless, weatherproof, and easy to install. The Netgear Arlo Pro not only adds two-way audio, it offers sound-triggered recording. Other new features include rechargeable batteries, a base station with a loud siren, and USB connectivity for storing video locally on a USB drive. You don’t need to pay a pricey subscription to view recordings that are stored in the cloud, and its wireless capabilities give you much more flexibility when deciding where to place your cameras than most competitors. Arlo Pro is a 100% wire-free indoor/outdoor security camera with rechargeable batteries and audio and can be added to any Arlo base station system. Arlo Pro includes rechargeable batteries, motion and sound-activated alerts, 2-way audio, a 100+ decibel siren and 7 days of free cloud HD video recordings. Arlo covers every angle to help keep you safe and protected.
The big names in door locks have smart home options, but they haven’t pulled it off as well as upstart August. Its easy-to-install, Apple HomeKit-enabled Smart Lock mounts over your existing deadbolt switch to provide connectivity for your door. It speaks via Bluetooth to your smartphone, granting quick access to you or guests. The latest version integrates tightly with Apple devices, but still has support from other services like IFTTT. Premis is an Apple HomeKit (only) enabled touchscreen smart lock. Use Siri voice control to check lock history; remote access to monitor, lock, and unlock available through Apple TV (4th generation or later).
With high-end models going for as much as Rs 100000, robot vacuums aren’t exactly an expense that’s easy to justify. So it’s a pleasant surprise that the Eufy RoboVac 11 is a quiet, efficient robotic vacuum cleaner that costs just Rs.40000, an absolute bargain by market standards. It lacks the Wi-Fi connectivity you find in pricier bots, and you’ll occasionally need to rescue it from tricky-to-navigate areas, but when it comes to cleaning, the RoboVac 11 does its job quite well. If you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles, it delivers strong bang for your buck. Cleans For You: Clean your house with the click of a button. Versatile cleaning modes and the low-profile design facilitates cleaning under tables and chairs along with every nook and cranny.;High-Capacity Li-ion Battery: Delivers over 1.5 hours of fade-free power for constant, powerful suction.;3-Point Cleaning System: Side brushes, a rolling brush and powerful suction ensure a thorough clean.;Premium Features: Anti-scratch tempered glass cover for protection, infrared-sensor for evading obstacles, and drop-sensing tech to avoid falls. Recharges automatically.;What You Get: Eufy RoboVac 11, remote control (requires 2 AAA batteries, not included), charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, HEPA-style filter, 4 side brushes, welcome guide and our worry-free 12-month warranty.
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