Philip Hue light and bulb: Review

Ambitions are high for the smart home. Internet connectivity is in more domestic gadgets than ever, expanding to link up everything across our speakers, cameras, fridges, smartphones, and toilets in a system of wondrous harmony.

Hue was the first product to really show what could be done with smart lighting. As times have changed, so has Hue. The system now supports Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Smartthings, and it has its own range of switches and motion sensors, too. All of these additions make it an excellent time to revisit our review, with updated information.

Until now, Hue has been restricted to inside use. However, the company now has a range of outside lights that are designed for the great outdoors, letting you bathe your garden in color while adding a bit of extra security. The Hue Lily is a set of spotlights, letting you highlight specific features in your garden.

Design and build

Create light schedules from the Philips Hue App and never come home to a dark house. Requiring the Philips Hue Bridge (sold separately) for the full Hue experience, this bulb fits standard-size table lamps. Install the LED light as you would install ordinary bulbs and pair it with the Hue Bridge, which allows you to control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue App. Easily expand your lighting system with accessories (sold separately), such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor.

As with a lot of smart lighting systems, Philips Hue has built the dimming capability and intelligence into its range of bulbs. While this makes the bulbs a little heavier than dumb LED models, you can still fit Hue bulbs into regular light fittings. This means no wiring and the lights are ready to be used at any time, provided you remember to leave the physical light switch turned on. Be careful, as Hue is not compatible with dimmers, so you’ll need to switch these out for standard on/off light switches.

Philips Hue Lux A19 60W Equivalent Dimmable LED Smart Bulb (Older Model, Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant)

 

5 Best Robot Vacuums for all your Dirty Works

A robot vacuum cleaner does exactly what you are thinking – it vacuums. Unlike your conventional vacuum cleaner however, this one is slightly different. It’s smart. “Intelligence” in this case does not mean it has the capacity of a human; it simply does what you need it to do without any human input or control and is able to adapt to its surroundings.

There are a lot of models of robotic vacuums available today, and they range in price from $50 all the way up to $1,800. These vacuuming robots are typically low-slung and compact, meaning they can get under furniture that a regular upright vacuum cleaner can’t.

Most manufacturers will tell you that a robotic vacuum is meant to supplement a standard, human-pushed vacuum cleaner, not replace it. They’re meant to perform daily or weekly touch-ups to keep your home cleaner in between regular vacuuming cycles. Still, if you’re someone who never vacuums in the first place, a little robotic helper can certainly get your floor cleaner than it is right now, and you hardly have to lift a finger.

today I am going to show you 5 best helpful vacuums:

5 Best Robot Vacuums

1. ECOVACS DEEBOT 900/901 Smart Robotic Vacuum for Carpet, Bare Floors, Pet Hair, with Mapping Technology

110 Minute Runtime And Auto Recharge And Resume Technology.
Smart Navi 3.0: Scans and maps your home so you can decide when, where and what you want to be cleaned.
Systematic Cleaning Path: Methodical, back-and-forth movement saves time and battery power, increases the cleaning area size and provides a more thorough clean.
Protective Sensors: A comprehensive array of sensors safely guides your robot while it cleans. Also comes with a soft, durable protective bumper.
Alexa, Google Home & Smart App Controls: Use Alexa or Google Home voice commands to direct cleaning. Use the ECOVACS App to customize, schedule & track cleaning sessions, monitor accessory status & receive error alerts.

ECOVACS DEEBOT 900/901 Smart Robotic Vacuum for Carpet, Bare Floors, Pet Hair, with Mapping Technology, Higher Suction Power, Wifi Connected and Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant

2.  iRobot Roomba 671 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa, Good for Pet Hair, Carpets, and Hard Floors

  • The Roomba 671 Robot Vacuum navigates to clean under furniture and around clutter. The patented, 3-Stage Cleaning System picks up dust, pet hair and large debris like cereal. Just press CLEAN or schedule Roomba on the go with the iRobot HOME App.
    Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
  • Clean and schedule from anywhere with the iRobot Home App; compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant
  • Patented 3-Stage Cleaning System and Dual Multi-Surface Brushes pick up everything from small particles to large debris
  • Full suite of intelligent sensors guide the robot under and around furniture to help thoroughly clean your floors
  • Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head automatically adapts its height to effectively clean carpets and hard floors
  • Runs for up to 90 minutes before automatically docking and recharging

iRobot Roomba 671 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa, Good for Pet Hair, Carpets, and Hard Floors

3.  iRobot Roomba 890 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

  • The Roomba 890 robot vacuum loosens, lifts, and suctions dirt with up to 5x more air power. Dirt Detect sensors alert the Roomba robot vacuum to clean more thoroughly on concentrated areas of dirt. Ideal for homes with pets, the Roomba 890 features tangle-free brushes and a high-efficiency filter. Just press CLEAN or schedule Roomba on the go with the iRobot HOME App.
  • Power-Lifting Suction delivers 5X the suction* for improved pick-up performance
  • Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System loosens, lifts, and suctions dirt, dust, and pet hair
  • Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes instantly adjust and flex to stay in constant contact with floors

iRobot Roomba 890 Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floor Surfaces

4.  LG HOM-BOT Wi-Fi Enabled Robotic Vacuum, Dual Eye Camera Mapping System, for Carpets, Hardwood and Tile, CR5765GD, Metallic Gold

  • Dust bunnies, beware. Turn HOM-BOT loose with the touch of your smartphone from anywhere, anytime. It even works with Amazon Alexa so you can start cleaning using just the sound of your voice. Dual cameras–top and bottom–ensure HOM-BOT doesn’t miss a spot, so dirt and dust can’t hide. Because HOM-BOT is the quietest performing robot vacuum on hard surface floors, you can even clean while binge-watching your favorite show.
  • Enjoy that freshly-vacuumed look every day without lifting a finger.
  • Wi-Fi enabled, conveniently command your vacuum with your smartphone
  • With cameras mounted on the top and bottom, HOM-BOT maps the area around your home as it cleans to help ensure it doesn’t miss a spot
  • Quickly see which areas of your home have been vacuumed with a glance at the cleaning diary
  • Gone are the days when vacuuming drowns out the TV and stirs household pets into a frenzy. HOM-BOT operates so quietly, it barely gets noticed
  • HOM-BOT, with its longer side brushes, cleans corner and walls edges with impressive efficiency

LG HOM-BOT Wi-Fi Enabled Robotic Vacuum, Dual Eye Camera Mapping System, for Carpets, Hardwood and Tile, CR5765GD, Metallic Gold

5.  Neato Robotics D7 Connected Wi-Fi Enabled Vacuum, Compatible with Amazon Alexa

  • Take your cleaning further with the Neato Botvac D7 Connected. With LaserSmart mapping and navigation it covers more area in less time, moving around your house logically—not randomly.
  • New zone cleaning lets you pinpoint trouble areas you want to clean more frequently. Turbo mode provides an extra powerful clean picking up debris you can’t see, while the robot’s D-shape design tracks down dirt in corners and along walls better than others.
  • The Botvac D7 is super smart, remembering multiple floor plans and letting you create No-Go Lines on each, so your robot knows where not to go. And it keeps getting smarter, so you’re first to have the latest features. With up to two hours of battery life, the Botvac D7 is perfect for even the largest homes.
  • LaserSmart technology intelligently navigates and maps your home, cleaning in straight lines instead of a random pattern. With zone cleaning, you can target the trouble areas in your home more frequently. (Available via software update in Fall 2018)
  • No-Go Lines lets you tell your robot where not to go avoiding things like cluttered rooms or a bunch of cables.
  • Multiple floor plan mapping lets you save up to three maps, one for each story of your home.
  • Turbo mode boosts suction to pick up the dirt you can’t see.
  • Ultra performance filter captures up to 99% of dust mites and allergens as small as 10 microns. D-shape design and large core brush gets into corners round robots can’t.

Neato Robotics D7 Connected Wi-Fi Enabled Vacuum, Compatible with Amazon Alexa

 

Best robot vacuum Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 : Review

While cleaning sucks, vacuuming is one of the worst parts of it. That’s where robot vacuums roll in – and these little droids on wheels have come a long way since they first made an appearance in the late 1990s. No longer do they need you to be around to start them up.

All the latest models come with Wi-Fi connectivity, so control is done through a companion app and you can even set up tasks days ahead and forget all about them.

The DEEBOT OZMO 930 represents the next generation of DEEBOTs, and is the first robotic vacuum that can change cleaning power based on floor type. With our revolutionary Adaptive Floor Sensing, DEEBOT OZMO 930 can alter its cleaning pattern on the fly based on whether it is in vacuuming or mopping mode. And the app comes with our leading Smart Navi mapping technology, scheduling, and support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Alexa and Google Assistant Compatible. Control your DEEBOT with the Ecovacs app. Draw virtual boundaries, select specific areas to clean, set a specific schedule and more.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930

The Deebot Ozmo 930 isn’t the most effective mopper in the world, but it can do a quick job if you like. That’s in addition to its “traditional” vacuum cleaning abilities, which are admirable.

Space mapping is also excellent with Ozmo 930 (though only for one level), and you can control it using either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

All-in-all, the Deebot Ozmo 930 gets the job done, and it’s quiet as it goes.

ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 930, Smart Robotic Vacuum, for Carpet, Bare Floors, Pet Hair, with Intelligent Mapping, OZMO Mopping Technology, Adaptive Floor Sensing Technology, and Compatible with Alexa

Design and build

If first impressions count for anything, just opening the Ozmo 930’s outer packaging will be sufficient to bowl you over.

The top features a circular protrusion that houses the sensors the Ozmo 930 uses to map its environment. Also on the top is the lid, which covers the power and reset buttons, keeps the cleaning tool from falling out (yes, it comes with its own little cleaner) and protects the bin.

A single button labeled ‘Auto’ begins a clean when pressed and next to this button is a Wi-Fi indicator LED. The dim blue light on both pulses slowly when the droid is charging and brightens when in use.

The only real downside to the Ozmo 930’s design is that it can only climb thresholds up to 10mm high. The Electrolux PUREi9, on the other hand, can get across obstacles as high as 22mm.

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Like all robot vacuums available today, the Deebot Ozmo 930 also comes with a charging dock that you’ll need to place against a wall near a power socket. It’s a simple dock with two charging plates, with cable management hidden behind the front wall that keeps the robovac’s bumper in place.

5 Best Smart Home Thermostats you need in 2018

The smart home is a quickly evolving place, and now thermostats are just one piece of the puzzle. You may want to control lighting, heating, security and a host of devices within your home. So a key consideration is how you can ensure your stuff will work together.

What are smart thermostats?

The smart thermostat is putting you in remote control of your heating, anywhere in the world, via your smartphone. But there’s a bit more on offer than that. You can set up timer control, and inevitably forget to turn it off when you’re away and heat the house unnecessarily.

Best Smart Home Thermostats

1. Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation, Stainless Steel, Works with Amazon Alexa

Meet the 3rd Generation Nest Learning Thermostat. It has new rings and a big, sharp display. And it helps save energy. That’s the most beautiful part.

The Nest Thermostat E learns your heating and cooling preferences and intelligently creates a schedule, adjusting your home’s temperature so you don’t have to fiddle with it yourself. It installs easily (though it’s compatible with slightly fewer HVAC systems than other Nest models), works with Nest’s Temperature Sensors to help keep all your rooms comfortable, and blends in nicely with walls thanks to a clean, white design that some people may find more appealing than the previous black-and-metal Nest models. It also works with a wide variety of smart-home platforms, including Alexa and Google Assistant. It lacks a few features compared with the standard Nest model, but these are minor conveniences rather than necessities.

Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation, Stainless Steel, Works with Amazon Alexa

2. ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat, Works with Amazon Alexa, 2nd Gen

Live better. Save more. With its beautiful design, easy-to-use touchscreen display, and up to 23%* savings on heating and cooling costs*, the Ecobee3 lite is the smarter thermostat that helps you live better and save more. It also now pairs with room sensors to help manage hot or cold spots in the home, delivering comfort to the rooms that matter most. And because they track occupancy, they make your home even smarter about saving energy when you’re away. Ecobee3 lite pairs with up to 32 sensors. Works with Amazon echo, apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, wink, and ifttt. We want you to love our products as much as we do, so your ecobee comes backed by a 3-year warranty.

ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat, Works with Amazon Alexa, 2nd Gen

3. Honeywell RCHT8610WF2006 Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Smart 7 Day Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat with Geofencing, Works with Amazon Alexa-“Requires C Wire”

A thermostat that adapts to your life. You can control the Lyric Thermostat from anywhere, or let it manage your comfort and savings automatically, so there’s no learning curve, no rigid scheduling – just comfort when you’re home, and energy savings when you’re away.
Product requires C-Wire, a unit will not work without it.
Control your Smart Home with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately) and Apple HomeKit with voice control using Siri, the Apple voice assistant.

Honeywell RCHT8610WF2006 Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Smart 7 Day Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat with Geofencing, Works with Amazon Alexa-“Requires C Wire”

 

4. Sensi Smart Thermostat, Wi-Fi, UP500W, Works with Amazon Alexa

Designed to work with the wires you already have, Sensi thermostat does not require a common wire (c-wire) in many cases, so it is compatible with most heating and cooling systems* (U.S. and Canada only). The intuitive app walks you through each step of installation and configuration so you don’t even need to know what kind of system you have. You can be up and running in as little as 15 minutes, no experience required. Set your Sensi thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature for location-based temperature control with geofencing, or quickly create a 7-day schedule to reduce wasteful heating and cooling when no one is home. But the most important feature is our customer satisfaction. Find out why Sensi thermostat is ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Smart Thermostat” by J.D. Power. Sensi by Emerson received the highest numerical score among four brands in the J.D. Power 2016 Smart Thermostat Satisfaction Report, based on 2,509 total responses, measuring the opinions of customers who purchased a smart thermostat in the previous 12 months, surveyed September 2016. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.

Sensi Smart Thermostat, Wi-Fi, UP500W, Works with Amazon Alexa

5.  Tado Smart Air Conditioner and Heater Controller, Wi-Fi, Compatible with iOS and Android, Works with Amazon Alexa

The tado° Smart AC Control connects your smartphone to your air conditioner. Through the use of your phone’s location, it automatically pre-cools before you get home and turns off when you leave. Allowing you to control your air conditioner from wherever you are, it works with most remote-controlled air conditioners and connects to your home’s Wi-Fi.
Connects your smartphone to your air conditioner or heat pump and turns it into a smart device. Experience a new level of comfort with automatic location-based AC control.

Control your AC from anywhere with the tado° app: Turn it on and off or change the settings in the app from anywhere, at any time.
Saves up to 40% on your AC energy costs. tado° can pay for itself in less than a year. The app gives you instant access to reports showing temperature and cooling activity as well as savings.

Tado Smart Air Conditioner and Heater Controller, Wi-Fi, Compatible with iOS and Android, Works with Amazon Alexa

 

Rachio 3 WiFi Smart Lawn Sprinkler Controller : Review

The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller raises the smart watering bar with foolproof installation, dual-band Wi-Fi, and an expressive light bar. Rachio 3 is the only controller equipped with hyperlocal Weather Intelligence™ Plus and Rachio Wireless Flow Meter compatibility.

The Rachio 3 can be controlled using a mobile app (available for Android and iOS) and a web app. The app opens to a Dashboard with a weekly weather forecast at the top. Scheduled watering days are marked with a green raindrop. Below the forecast, you can see the daily watering status. Here you can stop the cycle by pressing the Skip button and restart it by pressing the Run button. To view monthly usage statistics in time or gallon units, swipe down to the bottom of the screen. Also near the bottom of the screen is a Quick Run button that lets you manually start watering for each zone for however long you choose.

Design and Features

The Rachio 3 controller looks similar to the second-generation model, but there are some notable differences. At 5.5 by 9.1 by 1.4 inches (HWD), the white plastic enclosure is around the same size as the previous version, but this time around the round button on the face of the controller is used to manually start and stop watering for specific zones. Also new is an LED light bar that runs the width of the cover and tells you which zone is currently being watered and flashes when there is a system or connectivity error.

The Rachio 3 supports Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands and has its own IFTTT channel where you can create applets to have it trigger other smart home devices. It also works with popular smart home platforms such as Nest, SmartThings, and Wink. By way of comparison, the Orbit B-Hyve 12-Station Smart Wi-Fi Sprinkler Timer offers Alexa voice support but does not integrate with other smart devices.

Extending the smart home outside

It works with both the Amazon Echo and the Google Home (both are always-listening speakers that respond to voice commands). It also works with the Nest Learning Thermostat, the online rulemaking platform IFTTT, and the Wink and SmartThings smart home ecosystems.

Use with an App

After you use the app to connect Rachio to Wi-Fi, you can hop right in and start using the controller, or you can let Rachio walk you through setting up the different zones.

Rachio’s app shines both when you’re setting up the zones, and when you’re scheduling them. With both processes, the app puts simple, easy-to-understand options at the forefront of its interface, with plenty of room for advanced customization hidden just underneath the surface. It balances ease-of-use with depth perfectly.

Zone setup asks you to name each zone, then asks you what’s growing there, what type of soil it’s in, how much sun it gets, what type of sprinkler head you have in the zone, and the slope of the zone.

Rachio 3 WiFi Smart Lawn Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 16-Zone

 

Conclusion

At $229.99, the Rachio 3 isn’t cheap, but if you’re shopping for a smart sprinkler controller that you can control from your phone or desktop PC, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that offers more features. It installs in minutes and performed wonderfully in our tests, and its Weather Intelligence Plus technology does a great job of rescheduling watering cycles when significant rainfall is in the forecast. It also responds to Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands and IFTTT applets, and it plays nice with other smart home devices.

9 Best Smart Home Security Systems and Devices

How many times have you thought to convert your normal home to smart home by which you can monitor your home from just about anywhere? Actually,  Today It’s really been easier to set up a smart home in which you can remotely control your door locks, lights, thermostats, vacuums, lawnmowers, and even pet feeders, using your smartphone and an app. Today I’m going to discuss Best Smart Home Security Systems you always want to secure your home.

I’m sure security system is the first choice you want to set up first. Smart security systems are highly customizable and available as do-it-yourself kits or as full-blown setups that include professional installation and monitoring.

Here’s some security system that will help you to how to secure and monitor your home while you’re away.

9 Best Smart Home Security Systems and Devices

First Let us discuss How the whole system works?  A smart home security system connects to your home Wi-Fi network so you can monitor and control your security devices using your smartphone and an app. Any smart security system worth its salt offers components that work together in a seamless environment and can be manipulated using customized rules.  A locally stored video is a good choice for do-it-yourselfers on a budget, but you have to be careful not to overwrite video that you may need later. Cloud storage makes it easy to store and access recorded video, but it can cost hundreds of dollars per year depending on your subscription.

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Ring Video Doorbell 2

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August Smart Lock 2nd Generation – Dark Gray, Works with Amazon Alexa

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August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge

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Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm, Works with Amazon Alexa via SmartThings, Wink or Iris, Satin Nickel, BE469 CAM 619

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Canary All-in-One Home Security Device – Black

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ecobee4 Alexa-Enabled Thermostat with Sensor, Works with Amazon Alexa

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Netatmo Weather Station for Smartphone, Compatible with Amazon Alexa

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Amazon Cloud Cam Indoor Security Camera, Works with Alexa

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro (Existing Doorbell Wiring Required)

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Sensors every smart Home must have

I’m sure all you have been already read about basic smart Home posts if not link is below. Today I’m going to discuss Essential Sensors every smart Home must have. First of all, what is a sensor?

Sensor is a device which detects or measures a physical property and records, indicates, or otherwise responds to it.

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Essential Sensors every smart Home must have

Sensors in our homes are nothing new. House alarms have relied on them since the first electromagnetic systems became available more than a century ago.

However, with the growth of the smart home, sensors have become more prevalent. These days, you can find a plethora of detectors covering a broad range of uses and functions. For Smart home, here are some basic important sensors:

1. Motion Sensor

Smart home motion sensors will connect to a smart home hub and monitor a given area for movement. They generally sit next to doors and windows. Some can monitor open spaces both indoors and outdoors. They are configured to ignore pets to prevent false alarms.

The sensor can integrate with a camera and provide a real-time video feed of what’s going on in your home. You can set the system up to sound an alarm, send an SMS to your smartphone or alert the authorities. Much depends on the setup you choose.

Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor

2. Water Sensor

As anyone with a burst pipe knows, water damage is one of the most expensive things to repair in a home. Nobody wants to deal with insurance companies. Unless you’re hypervigilant about recording all your receipts and keeping your photographs up to date, you are almost guaranteed to end up out-of-pocket.

Today I’ve got the smart solution with a budget-friendly sensor that sends an alert to your smartphone if it thinks there’s a leak in your house.

Samsung SmartThings Water Leak Sensor

3. Doorbell Sensor

A doorbell sensor can start playing a live video feed from your doorstep when someone is there, even if the person hasn’t pressed the buzzer yet.

Get some peace of mind with Ring and SmartThings. When your Ring Doorbell button is pressed or motion is detected, SmartThings can send you notifications or trigger lights or alarms of your choosing. Note: Video through the Ring Video Doorbell is not yet available in the SmartThings app.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

4. Temperature and humidity Sensor

The difficulty with older homes is the rooms often vary in temperature. The trick to that is to have smart heating sensors not only monitoring how cold it is in each room, but checking the external temperature, whether from weather websites or a sensor outside.

The temperature sensor can help get you through the summer. It can make your air conditioning turn on 15 minutes before you get home from work if it’s too hot, or get your smart thermostat to crank up 30 minutes before your alarm goes off on a cold morning.

Monoprice Z-Wave Plus PIR Multi Sensor, Temperature – Humidity – Light

5. Light Sensor

Light sensors can turn off the lights in your home once dawn breaks, then turn them on again when dusk arrives. They will save you money and can also make it seem like people are at home if you are traveling. It’s a win-win.

Samsung SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor

6. Weather Sensors

Get precise information about weather and environmental conditions at your house. Use the data to save time & money, increase safety, and improve home health. WeatherFlow brings decades of experience designing and maintaining professional weather stations to the home user with our revolutionary line of Smart Weather Stations.

Netatmo Weather Station for Smartphone, Compatible with Amazon Alexa

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Do you agree with our Article options? Do you even use sensors or are you holding out for the synthetic sensors of the future? You can leave all your thoughts and opinions in the comments below. And don’t forget to share this article with your social networks. Be smart !

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Basic steps to convert your ordinary home into Smart home

We’ve already define Smart home in Our previous post. Today we’ll show you essential steps that needed to convert your ordinary home into Smart home.

One of the most challenging aspects of embracing new technology is getting your head around all the unfamiliar lingo.Just take a look at our Journey:

Basic steps to convert your ordinary home into Smart home

An automated home is called as Smart or Digital Home. Automation removes a device’s reliance on a user so that it performs its function automatically without requiring you to even press a button. There are many examples of this capability; Philips Hue lights can turn on automatically when you’re close to home.

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Network Layer

The technology behind smart devices can be split into two categories. The “network layer” and the “physical layer.”

The network layer refers to the technology that’s responsible for sending data collected by the physical layer to other devices.

The physical layer is the hardware that makes up a smart device. Using sensors, microphones, cameras, and other technology, it collects all the data needed for the device to function.

Requirements

Almost any product you purchase that has a sensor and can connect to the internet, your phone, or another device, counts as a part of the IoT.

Wi-Fi

Of course, you probably already know what a Wi-Fi network is. If you’re planning to run an extensive smart home, having a reliable network is vital. If your router is prone to downtime, your smart home experience will quickly become frustrating.

Perhaps you should consider buying one of the new class of smart routers. They can significantly bolster your network’s security, provide better coverage around your home, and help you easily troubleshoot any network issues. Oh, and they also look great on your mantelpiece.

Bluetooth LE

If your devices don’t use Wi-Fi to connect to each other, there’s a good chance they’ll use Bluetooth LE to communicate with each other or your mobile device.

Unlike regular Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE is a low energy technology specifically designed for use in the smart home, health, and sports sectors. Typically, devices using Bluetooth LE will be able to run for years on a single battery.

Outlets

Internet-enabled electrical outlets can connect your existing electrical sockets to your smart home’s Wi-Fi. This gives you remote control of anything plugged into them.

For instance, you can make your kid’s night light turn off at midnight, or get your coffee machine to fire up at the same time every morning.

Hub

A hub is a device that acts as the brains of your smart home. With so many different manufacturers in the sector, some of the devices don’t play nicely together without a little help

A hub connects to all your smart devices and typically lets you control them all from one place, such as a smartphone app.

Dashboard

A dashboard displays all the information collected by an individual device, usually through an app on your smartphone or a web portal. Depending on the device, you might be able to see live readings, camera outputs, historical charts and graphs, and other data.

Integration

A smart home is no fun if nothing works together. At that point, it’s not very smart at all.

Some products have built-in integration. For example, lots of third-party devices work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

If you want to create your own integrations, you can use IFTTT or one of its many competitors.

How could you do?

Of course! Any home can become a smart home. You simply need a WiFi connection that’s powerful enough to reach all the devices you have in your house. Smart Devices for Every Room

The number of devices that can be integrated into a smart home is growing at an accelerated rate, but not all are complex gadgets and gizmos. Some of the simpler options for every room in your home include:

  • Living Room: Outlet Adapters
    Walk into your home late at night and flip on the lights, the TV or both without searching in the dark for a switch or remote. After your smart outlet adapter is plugged into the wall, appliances can be plugged into the adapter and controlled from a smartphone.

Wemo Insight Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled, Control Your Lights, Appliances and Manage Energy Costs From Your Phone, Works with Amazon Alexa

 

  • Bedroom: Motorized Drapes
    Adding motorized drapes to your bedroom allows for an easy way to adjust lighting and privacy – all without leaving the comfort of your bed. Properly adjusting drapes, which is easy to do with smartphone control, can also help manage energy consumption by regulating solar heat.

Automatic Curtain system Accept Customized Track Size Electric Remote Controlled Drapery System Track Center Opening & Wall Mount Brackets (not include track)

 

  • Kitchen: Coffee Maker
    Wake up to your favorite morning beverage without drowsily scooping and pouring. A smart coffee maker can make the right amount of coffee at just the right time through simple settings on your smartphone.

Mr. Coffee Smart Wifi-Enabled WeMo 10-Cup Optimal Brew Coffeemaker, BVMC-PSTX91WE

 

  • Garage: Remote Garage Door Access
    Open, close and monitor your garage door anywhere, anytime, with MyQ technology from Chamberlain. With remote access to one of the main entry points to your home, you can ensure the garage door is shut when you’re out or ready to open when you return.

NEXX GARAGE Remote Garage Door Opener – Smart Garage Door Controller Compatible with Most Major Garage Door Openers – Control Using a Smart Phone, Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant Enabled Devices

 

Advantage

1. Universal Remote Control

If you’ve turned your television into a futuristic media hub, you’ve probably got lots of different remotes sitting on your coffee table.

Remote Access lets you control your smart home when you’re away from home, a key part of many devices. The accompanying apps and web portals connect to your in-house devices using your external IP address and home network.

You can then issue commands from anywhere in the world. For example, you can see if someone forgot to arm your alarm and remedy the problem or ask your oven to start preheating as you leave the office.

2. Security

Smart home security is not to be taken lightly. Depending on the device in question, they might:

  • Have access to a significant number of your personal details.
  • Control access to your home.
  • Know everything about your daily routine.
  • Have the ability to spread malware around your home network.

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Hopefully, this Guide for smart home terms will help you understand the process of converting your ordinary home into Smart home a little bit more clearly.

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What is a Smart Home?

Today we live in the Tech Era. Now the Question is arises What is a Smart Home? If you or a loved one struggle with daily home living due to a disability, this article will offer inspiration and actionable advice for opportunities to make your home life more comfortable and convenient through use of the latest smart home technology.

The term smart home covers a wide range of home-based technology that is integrated into devices using an Internet connection. From the home dweller’s perspective, a smart home provides comfort, security, safety, accessibility, energy efficiency, and convenience through the use of appliances, lighting, electronic equipment, heating and cooling systems, entertainment systems, and home security solutions. In a smart home, all such devices can be controlled remotely by any desktop computer or mobile device with Internet access, or preset using a pre-defined preferential schedule.

What is a Smart Home, and How Does It Work?

It’s just a regular house, except every piece of electrical equipment is hooked up to a computer system. With home automation, you’ll no longer be depending on switches or other forms of manual activation. Instead, every light bulb, every TV, and even the thermostat are controlled remotely from a computer database.

Looking to make your home just a little smarter? While still in its infancy, the number of smart home products—devices that let you control your lighting, thermostat, or even your crock pot from your smartphone—is rapidly growing. From GE to Belkin to Home Depot, tons of products and whole ecosystems want to help you control your home via a single iOS or Android app. You can pick and choose your favorite gadgets to assemble an affordable intelligent abode on your own terms, or opt for an entire smart home system that does all the work for you. Here are some of our favorite smart home systems and individual gadgets.

What are Smart Tools?

Smart home tools are specialized equipment programmed to run from a central system. Any domestic device can be a smart appliance, and though they’re not cheap, many times they can be leased instead of bought in order to cut down on the price. Plus, they are sometimes hooked up to the manufacturer as well, so when the oven goes on the fritz you can get an immediate notice of the problem and estimate of the repair. The real beauty is that you gain more control but giving up control. In other words, this technology is convenient because smart homes think for themselves.

What Can Smart Home devices Do?

They can sense an electrical surge and can shut off their own power. They can sense a water failure and turn off the mains. They know when they need defrosting, they know how long to cook your meals (some microwaves can read scan-bars on food items and set their own timers), and some can even keep track of expiration dates or can create recipes based on the ingredients in the cupboard. Your house will know when it’s raining and close the windows for you, even while you’re away. But the fascinating aspect of smart homes is that the possibilities are completely limitless because you can now actually communicate with your house.

 

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A ton of new smart home devices are coming out this year, and include new connected appliances, cameras, lightbulbs— even robots and trashcans. One common thread, though, is that many of these new devices will be compatible with Amazon Alexa, further integrating this voice assistant into your home. Plus, Amazon itself is launching several new Alexa-enabled devices, including the Echo Showand the Fire TV Edition, so you can get Alexa in even more places.

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Smart appliances will know when to turn on and off, how much energy is required of them, and how to maintain themselves. This is not only a handy time saver; it is also energy efficient, which is friendly to both the environment and your utility bills.

Full home automation is not high on the average house hunter’s priority list. That may be about to change. The trouble so far has been the technology itself: Consumers aren’t sure how to integrate it into existing home systems. Plain and simple, they don’t know how to use it.

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