Thanks to our smart phones, wireless Internet and companies that make awesome innovative gadgets, we can now control everything in our homes anytime and anywhere. Today we’re featuring top 5 home automation gadgets that will make your life much easier. You no longer have to wander around your house, switching lights on and off, checking and setting fire alarms or the temperature on the thermostat. With the help of these gadgets, you only have to set things up once, and everything else can be controlled and scheduled so your home can practically take care of itself!
Belkin WeMo Light Switch:
This light switch connects to your home WiFi network so you can control the lights in your home using your iOS or Android device. Control options include switching lights on/off and scheduling lights to go and off at specific times.
Belkin WeMo Insight Switch:
Another great product by Belkin, this switch allows you to control your electronics and remotely turn them on and off. It also enables you to monitor and control their energy usage. The switch connects to your WiFi network and can be controlled using the WeMo application for iOS or Android devices.
Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting:
The Philips Hue wireless lighting provides you with a whole new lighting experience at home. This kit includes 4 LED light bulbs that can be controlled wirelessly using a smartphone or a tablet. But here’s the actual fun part; you can change the hue of the light by picking any color from your favorite photos! This allows you to switch to different lighting and moods throughout the day. The level of brightness can be easily controlled through the app as well. And while this kit includes 4 light bulbs, you can control up to 50 lights which you can add on at your convenience.
Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm:
Forget about that ear piercing alarm that you had to live with all those years. Nest Protect is a smart and quiet alarm that will give you a heads-up before it goes off. Got a bit of toast burning in the kitchen? Nest will speak up “Heads up, there’s smoke in the kitchen” and you can simply hush it by waving at it! And yes, Nest Protect does know and remember which room it is in. Using the smartphone/tablet application, you’ll be able to monitor the alerts and battery status of the alarm.
Nest Learning Thermostat:
Your thermostat consumes as much energy as your fridge, TV, lighting and computer combined! It’s a LOT of energy, which now you can control in the smartest way using the Nest Learning thermostat – the thermostat that programs itself. It learns what temperature you like, it turns itself down when you’re not at home and you can easily control it over WiFi using a smartphone/tablet app. As you turn the temperature up and down, Nest starts to analyze your usage and creates a custom schedule for you, it remembers what temperature you like and when you like it, and it automatically adapts to that schedule. Nest also features a motion sensor that sense when nobody is home so it turns itself down and goes into energy-saving mode.