Thanks to ever-changing and rapidly advancing technology, a futuristic home is easy to obtain with the widely available smart gadgets on the market available for your home today. Many of the gadgets are able to fully integrate together and make your life easier, save you money, protect your home, and many other available features. Many of these gadgets connect to your cell phone via apps and your home Wi-Fi network so you can control them when you’re away from home as well.
First, you’ll want a central point to control all your smart home gadget. The Amazon Echo, Amazon’s voice-activated smart speaker and its friendly virtual assistant called “Alexa” is a great affordable choice. Coming in at $179.99, Alexa is able to control your whole house. Echo also has friends—the Echo Dot, a smaller sized Alexa device, and Amazon Tap, which makes it so you can take Alexa with you wherever you are in the house. So far this year, Alexa has broadened her horizons with the Echo Look camera and the Echo show, which integrates a touch screen into the Echo family. There is even a new collection of 4K TVs by Element that comes with Alexa already built in. Alexa has stiff competition though. Her frontrunner rival is the Google Home Smart Speaker and later this year Apple will begin selling its HomePod Smart Speaker powered by the beloved Siri, Apple’s rendition of a helpful virtual assistant.
Once you have someone to run the show, the possibilities are just about endless. Philips Hue Wireless Dimming kit is a great option for white-light smart bulbs that is an easy, affordable way to get started with smart lighting. A smart thermostat like the Ecobee 4 achieved high ratings from CNET across all fronts and is a great way to help control your energy bills. Smart locks, doorbells with integrated voice and camera abilities, indoor/outdoor security cameras, smart plugs to turn appliances you already own into smart gadgets, smart faucets, vacuum cleaners, TV remotes, and cooking gadgets are all available at your fingertips today.
Turning your house into a smart home can be a fun and interesting experience, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. There are affordable options for every budget and a wide range of possibilities. With some research to find the best products for your needs, a smart home is easier to get than ever before.