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Best Smart Devices to Use at Home

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Jun 13, 2017 7:10 PM

The number of devices that allow you to control almost everything happening inside your house is rapidly growing. A ton of smart home devices was recently unveiled at CES 2017. They include connected cooking appliances, light bulbs, trashcans and home robots. Here are some of the smart home gadgets you need to watch out for in 2017. 

Smart Speaker 

Smart speakers are Bluetooth-enabled devices that allow you to control smart systems in the house using your voice. Amazon Echo is the most popular smart speaker currently in the stores. It has a number of voice-activated features that can connect to all smart home hubs, including those from Samsung and Belkin. It allows you to listen to audio books, check the daily weather conditions, schedule appointments and even purchase things online by just using your voice. It also produces quality sound when used for music. 

Robot Vacuums 

Roomba robot vacuums allow you to get rid of dust and dirt from your floor, carpet or furniture without moving an inch. They come with a mobile app that allows you to connect and clean from anywhere. The app also allows you to schedule and maintain a cleaning routine. Since there are many Roomba cleaning robots, it is wise to carry out an intensive research and compare different models so that you don't end up with a product that does not suit your cleaning needs. 

Smart Thermostats 

Smart thermostats have easy-to-use interfaces and remote sensors to ensure all the rooms in your house are getting the right amount of hot or cold air. The thermostats even learn your habits and temperature preferences to give you the best room conditions. Others can detect when you are away or when you are at home and adjust the temperature accordingly. 

Dimming Kits 

The Philips Hue Wireless dimming kit is one of the best brands out there. It features a white light smart bulb and a switch that acts as a magnetic remote. It allows you to set to the bulb into different lighting conditions based on your preferences and mood. 

Smart Carbon Monoxide Detectors 

Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors help gauge potential dangers and alert you if there is any problem. If you are not at home and something goes wrong, the smart detector will send alerts to your smartphone. 

Smart Switches 

Smart switches ensure that you are never anxious when you leave something plugged in once you are out of the house. You simply plug the switch into an existing power outlet and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. The device will automatically turn on or off whatever is plugged into the power outlets through a corresponding app. 

Security Drones 

Security companies have come up with drones that provide cost-effective solutions to security needs in your home. These drones have advanced surveillance features that can learn your family's day-to-day activities and program themselves to sound an alarm when anomalies occur. For instance, the drone could be programmed to sound an alarm when the backdoor opens at two in the morning or at a time everybody is expected to be outside the house. A camera drone could also be deployed to investigate in case a disturbance is detected. 

Smart Locks 

Smart locks let you control your door lock remotely. You simply press a button in the app and the door will open or close without having to touch it. You can also use the smart lock system to allow certain people in the house when you are not around. 

Indoor Cameras 

Nest Cam's 1080p high-resolution video provide you with a clear indoor surveillance you need for a secure house. The camera also has a night vision feature, sound and motion detectors and cloud services that let you revisit recorded footage and establish activity zones. 

Smart Cookware 

The Belkin's Wemo Crock Pot is the first slower cooker that is controllable using a smartphone. You can adjust the crock pot's settings from anywhere using your phone. You can also set reminders, change the cook time, adjust the cooking temperature and calculate the time it takes to prepare different meals. You can also use the crock pot to check the status of your meal after cooking.

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