As society hurtles into the future with new A.I. and tech devices making home automation more affordable and prevalent, it’s only a matter of time before everyone hops onto the smart home bandwagon. While some tech devices sound extraneous, especially if you prefer handheld devices, there are more and more must-have tech items that provide real life-improving functionality rather than just flashy gimmicks. Here are some smart home tech features and gadgets to bring your residence into the future.
Smart Home Features with Real Benefits
- Amazon Echo – The Amazon Echo, powered by the voice automation system Alexa, is a hot new gadget for any home. The Echo isn’t just a one-trick pony; you can control all your gadgets through voice commands issued to Alexa. Amazon is releasing additional devices to pair with the Echo including the Echo Show, a touchscreen device that can display search results and video calls by voice command.
- Logitech Harmony Elite – Although the Logitech Harmony Elite still requires users to push buttons, this universal remote can control virtually every device you have in your home. Any device that can connect to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave or can be turned on with infrared devices can be activated by the remote via the Harmony Home Hub.
- Netgear Arlo Pro 2 Surveillance Camera – With the ever increasing prevalence of Amazon and online shopping, more consumers are getting packages shipped to them on a regular basis. Criminals are unfortunately catching up with the times, as the number of front porch package thefts keep rising in conjunction with the increase in deliveries. You can improve the security of your delivered belongings with Netgear’s Arlo Pro security camera, which can act as a deterrence as well as catch thieves in the act. The Arlo Pro’s features include high quality video capture, motion and sound detection and geofencing. It is also compatible with other smart home devices like the Amazon Echo.
- ecobee4 – Heat or cool your home remotely using the ecobee4 smart thermostat system. The system is capable of identifying and reducing cold and hot spots in rooms and can work with smart devices like the Amazon Echo to set temperatures by voice command.
- Perfect Bake PRO – Never worry about exact cooking measurements ever again! The Perfect Bake PRO eliminates all guesswork when baking. The smart baking scale connects to an app to help beginning and seasoned bakers alike achieve the perfect kitchen chemistry. The app will carefully document everything you add and issue alerts if you’ve added too much.
- iRobot® Roomba® 690 – This nifty little cleaning robot utilizes a camera for navigation all around your home’s floors. The Roomba is powered by Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant through smartphone app connectivity. It’s a little more affordable than other floor cleaning robots on the market while still providing excellent performance.
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