From the Internet of Things (IoT) to home automation, people around the world are deploying more and more smart devices throughout their homes and businesses. Dozens of new devices for fun, convenience and security are being introduced every year and DotCom Magazine has named its choice of the Top 5 best smart home devices.
The Nest Hello smart video doorbell is fun, functional, stylish, and has an optional facial recognition feature if users subscribe to the Nest Aware service. It’s designed to integrate with the Nest Cam IQ Indoor and with Google Home speakers. It contains live HD streaming that can be viewed via a computer of phone and notifies users when motion is detected. Users can also pull up the doorbell’s video feed with Google Assistant or Alexa.
Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum
The Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum is a little pricy, but offers high-performance. It cleans effectively, is Wi-Fi equipped, comes with a remote control app, and can be controlled via Alexa. Users can schedule cleanings and even steer it with their smartphone if they want.
It features laser assisted navigation and automatically returns to its docking station when cleaning is complete. It offers turbo and eco cleaning modes, a color LCD screen, and users can even name their household helper.
Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit
The Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit offers bright light, energy savings, and can be connected to extras. It’s pricy, but one of the least expensive entry points into smart lighting options. It’s easy to use and works with multiple platforms including Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, Nest Learning Thermostat and others. The light can be turned on, off and dimmed.
Heating and cooling are the biggest expenses for renters, homeowners and businesses. The Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat has a remote sensor, a variety of smart integrations, a built-in Alexa speaker, and responsive touchscreen display. It’s more expensive than other models, but works extremely well due to its highly responsive motion/proximity sensor. It can be connected to Wi-Fi, the thermostat’s app is easy to install, and it responds to Alexa and Siri voice control.
August Smart Lock – HomeKit Enabled
Compatible with most deadbolt kits, the August Smart Lock provides a simple software interface, integrates with Nest, Logitech Harmony, and Siri via the Apple HomeKit. During testing, the August Smart Lock demonstrated reliability, durability, and effectiveness. Available in multiple finishes, it’s ergonomically designed, discreet, and the battery life is six to nine months, depending on usage.
IoT for Everyone
The Internet of Things is becoming more extensive and more intelligent, providing smart devices to secure people, premises and property, along with more efficient ways to clean and light structures. DotCom Magazine’s selection of Top 5 smart home devices offers safer and more cost effective opportunities for all.