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10 Smart Home Gadgets that Will Change Your Life

29 September 2018

Smart home technology is literally taking the market by storm. Smart home tech encompasses the tech market, security, home entertainment, energy efficiency markets, there are also many crossovers. Whether you decide to convert to smart home tech one gadget at a time or an entire system, these smart home products with change your life and the way you live. They will make your life easier, your home more secure, and increase efficiency. For us, at Selby, we are all about technology. Enjoy our picks for 10 smart home gadgets what will change your life.

  1. Amazon Echo

 

Echo Image Credit: Amazon.com

 Voice assistants, also called smart speakers are among the most popular smart home gadgets. They allow you to connect to different smart home gadgets you have and use the app or voice commands to control them. In addition, features of the Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) include:

  • Music Playback
  • Audiobooks
  • Internet Search
  • Amazon Shopping
  1. Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit

 

Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit Image Credit: MeetHue.co

Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit is the way to get your home started on smart light bulb technology. The kit is compatible with just about all the smart home hubs and systems including Alexa, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, Google Home, and Nest. The kit is very affordable so you can start saving on the efficiency sooner rather than later. The kit has the capability to adjust the brightness and turn on and off up to 50 Philips Hue light bulbs. So you can add more lights than just what comes with the kits including the popular coloured lights.

  1. Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

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There are several new smart thermostats available on the market today. However, the Ecobee4 has Alexa built into it, so if you don’t already have an Amazon Echo, you don’t need a voice assistant to control it. Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature in your home from anywhere in your home, or even when you are away. It can connect to Alexa or using the phone application allows you to change the temperature, for example turning off the air conditioning on a warm day if you are not home all day and then lowering the temperature shortly before you arrive back home. It allows for convenience, comfort, and efficiency all at the same time.

  1. TP-Link HS105 Smart Plug

TP-Link Smart Plug Image Credit: tp-link.com

If you want to be able to control any electronic device remotely or from your smart home hub, these TP-Link Smart Plugs make that possible even if the device itself isn’t smart-device enabled. When you plug any gadget or electronic device into these smart plugs, they become smart devices because the plugs themselves can be scheduled to turn on or off and be accessed through the remote, application, smart home hub, or voice assistant.

  1. CURB Home Energy Monitoring System

 

CURB Home Energy Monitoring System Image credit: EnergyCurb.com

This type of monitoring system ensures that your home is running as efficiently as possible. The CURB Home Energy Monitoring System features have real-time home energy monitoring, attaches to your breaker panel to show energy consumption of each appliance in your home, monitors your solar power production, controls all your smart devices through the CURB application, and works with both iOS or Android devices in addition to being desktop compatible for viewing on your computer.

 

  1. Kwikset Smartcode 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt

 

Kwikset SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt Image Credit: Kwikset.com

The Kwikset SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt is a great smart home security feature. It connects to different types of smart home hubs to set up your entry code which has an extra secure feature where you have to push two random numbers prior to entering your number code. This masks fingerprints on the screen or prevents anyone watching from guessing your code.

  1. Amazon Cloud Cam

 

 

Amazon Cloud Cam Image Credit: Amazon.com

Connecting a security camera to the cloud is a great feature that adds peace of mind and security whether you are home or away. The high end options include:

  • Ease of Use
  • Affordable
  • Reliable
  • 1080p HD Video
  • Night Vision
  • Two-Way Audio
  • Free Cloud Storage
  1. BeOn Starter Pack

 

 

BeOn Home Lighting Starter Pack Image Credit: BeOnHome.com

BeOn Home Lighting is an outdoor security lighting pack that has some robust features to help protect the safety of your home including:

  • Record & Replay your lighting patterns.
  • Responds like you would to a doorbell.
  • Instant lighting when a smoke detector is heard.
  • Backup lighting during a power failure for 5 hours.
  • Jawbone UP3 Fitness Band

 

JawBone UP3 Fitness Band Image Credit: Jawbone.com

The JawBone UP3 Fitness Band connects you with your smart home technology. This is a fitness band that keeps you on track of your goals but also connects you to your smart home features. You can use the band to control the lights, thermostat, and any other smart devices in your home. For example, get your smart coffee maker started before you even go near the kitchen.June Intelligent Oven

 

June Intelligent Oven Image Credit: JuneOven.com

Smart home appliances are taking over the kitchen. Thus far, smart refrigerators have gotten a great deal of attention but there are other smart appliances coming up in the ranks. The June Intelligent Oven actually helps you cook your food perfectly to your specifications and takes into consideration weight and temperature of the food.

 

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Matt Thames is blogger and Brand Manager for Selby Acoustics. He enjoys sharing tips on home entertainment topics.

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