The technology has advanced so far that you can actually call your pet via an app from work, or control when they eat via your phone. You can also check what exactly is in your fridge while you’re in a grocery store.
There’s no denying that we’re digitalizing our existence more and more as time passes by and if you’re looking to stay in touch with current trends we’ve got a list of most interesting home gadgets you can control through your smartphone.
Amazon Echo is probably the smartest gadget you can get for your home at the moment. It’s powered by Amazon’s assistant, Alexa, whose voice recognition is extremely intuitive while it also improved over time and with usage. The best thing about Alexa is that it actually feels like talking to someone, rather than issuing a command to a machine.
You can have Amazon Echo set up to control all the other smart tech in your home, from Sonos to Amazon Music. Besides controlling all the other apps with your voice, you can also check the weather by talking to Alexa or even go do some online shopping without ever looking at the screen. Pretty neat, eh?
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This one’s a smoke alarm that will alert you directly through your phone when the need arises. You’ll know at all times if the batteries need to be replaced, and its Pathlight will light up during the night if its sensor detects you walking under it, to light you the way.
You’ll be able to dismiss any false alarms caused by cooking with a simple wave of a hand, so there rarely ever will be any disturbances like with regular smoke alarms. If you also have a Nest thermostat, it will notify it in case of emergency if it detects Carbon Monoxide in the air.
August Smart Lock
While security cameras are great for keeping your home safe, they mean little if you can’t react in time and lock the doors remotely. August smart lock is a great choice for your front door and it will work in most smart home setups. It’s possible to pair it with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, or Nest.
You can set it up to unlock as you approach the door, or even to unlock automatically for your friends if you want them to feel welcome. If you have a separate WiFi hub, you’ll even be able to remotely unlock your doors for someone you didn’t expect to arrive.
FitBit Aria is smart scale you can measure your weight, body fat percentage, or BMI with. When you’re done, it will automatically upload the information to the cloud via your Wi-Fi connection, so that you can keep track of your progress on your phone.
With the FitBit app, you’ll be able to set up your weight goals, record your diet, as well as the number of calories you spend on many of the physical activities that you choose from. It’s a great choice if you’re looking to lose some weight and get your body in shape.
Much like Amazon’s Echo, Google Home is a central smart home hub that you can use to control pretty much everything around your house. Whether it’s the music, heating, lights (though this depends on your lighting supplier), or just using Google Assistant to get some answers.
The clear advantage with Google Home is the Google Assistant, who is trained to know much more about user intent when they’re asking questions than any other AI assistant out there. It will work with Android and Apple smartphones alike, so that’s one less thing to worry about.
If you have a pet you have probably experienced a craving wish to see how your pet’s doing at home while you’re at work, especially if they’re all alone. Well, Furbo (Amazon) is a smart camera intended for your dog that will let you know exactly what your pet’s been up to all day. It has a microphone and a speaker, so you can even talk to your dog if you’re into that sort of thing.
Furbo will also alert you when your dog starts barking, if you set it up so, so you’ll always be one click away from checking up on your best friend. Plus, you can put a treat inside a Furbo device, and once you’re out you can give a treat to your dog with a single press of a button.
Samsung Family Hub Fridge
This smart fridge has a wonderful 21.5-inch touchscreen display on it, which runs on Tizen OS. It does everything that a regular fridge does, but also has cameras on the inside that you can use to check what you need to buy while you’re in a supermarket.
There’s also a FlexZone compartment within it that allows you to set any temperature that you need in it, which can be really great for cooling off a beer, or a soda. The touchscreen can be used to mirror whatever’s on your Samsung TV, or you can turn it into a whiteboard app for messing around.
Customizing your smart home has never been easier than today. There are so many other useful gadgets out there that you can use for just about anything that you’d like. It’s important to know that many of the gadgets will require their own apps, though, so you might end up with tons of apps for all the different things. For that reason, it’s sometimes best to go with one manufacturer for most of the essential stuff that you need.