The “internet of things” has changed the way that we control our homes. It is no longer enough to have a couple of appliances with a mobile app or Wi-Fi capability. Instead, homeowners want them all to communicate with each via one harmonious system.
The concept of Internet of Things brings together everything from the baby monitor, music systems, thermostats, security system, to the fridge and kettle. They all work together for the best possible user experience and a smart home that is adaptive, convenient and personalized.
It wasn’t long ago that this idea was a complete fantasy. The ongoing development of smart home devices, home hubs, and voice assistants means that it is now much more of reality.
In 2017, there will be a steep rise in the use of smart home devices. Here are some of the more common types and the key products to consider right now.
Top Five Smart Devices For The Home
1) Nest Smart Home Devices
With the rise of the internet of things, it worth talking about Nest as one big system than as individual products.
It was the Nest Thermostat that started things off for the smart home, with new ways to control heating. Since then, the company has expanded its reach with a series of other products that all link up to form a cohesive set-up.
The 3rd gen Nest thermostat can link up with items such as the Nest Protect system. This brings a helpful smoke and carbon monoxide detection system into the home.
Another product that has gained popularity from Nest is the Nest Cam Indoor. This system uses 1080p streaming and a great app for ease of use and peace of mind. The idea here is that the better the harmony between the devices, the more secure the home will be.
In addition to this, the system links up with Amazon Echo and Alexa voice commands.
2) Other Appliances For Home Security
The use of the Nest Cam for home surveillance shows the popularity of new security systems within the home. It is also far from being the only option out there with these smart home devices.
The Scout security system is a great alternative for many homeowners that want to adapt their security system to personal preferences.
There is a live feed on the app and the option to respond to alerts. It also has the benefit of being compatible with Amazon Alexa.
Another option is Kuna’s Toucan camera. This model has a nice, plenty of cloud storage and seem to be pretty easy to use.
Smart lights have been around for a little while now. There is a great alternative to standard light bulbs because of their versatility and the smart hub controls. It all started with the Phillips Hue kits.
The most basic starter kit is not affordable and accessible, with 2 white LED bulbs and connectivity to smart home devices. Users can control the brightness of the lights via an app.
New products like the Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit take this even further. There are new smart bulbs and enough items to transform the whole home.
The alternative option here is the LIFX’s second-gen smart bulb. These bulbs also have a smart app and connectivity to Amazon Alexa. However, they also come in great color choices and don’t require the hub.
4) Childcare Devices For New Parents
Devices for babies and new parents aren’t mentioned quite so often as items such as heating, lighting and entertainment options. Despite this, there is a clear market for adding these smart home devices for childcare into this wider system.
For many, a system like the iBaby Monitor M6S is just another way of adding some security to the home. This set-up uses 1080P HD video and night vision like many other monitors.
The difference is that it is also smart enough to listen in, monitor sounds and react to changes. It can play lullabies and offer bed time stories. Parents can watch the feeds and alert timelines with peace of mind.
Project Nursery’s Video Baby Monitor System takes a similar approach. Here there is the added benefit of wearable technology that displays feeds and information at all times.
5) Amazon Echo
Many of the devices featured here so far have one thing in common. Most of them are controllable via voice commands through Amazon’s Alexa system.
With that in mind, it makes sense that the last product to discuss here is the Amazon Echo hub. The Echo is not the only hub for the home that acts as the command center for all attached devices. However, the compatibility and the impressive capabilities of the system mean that it is one of the most popular.
Echo and the Alexa voice service provide a communication link between the homeowner and appliance. Consumers see this with the Phillips lights, Nest products, and many other devices. This means simple controls in an efficient product.
Alexa can also answer questions and help to find information, just like other automated assistants. The appeal with the Echo device is that there is a sense of continual development. It has only scratched the surface of what it could do.
The increasing range of smart home devices means that there is something out there for all homes.
The Amazon Echo is a great example to end with because of its link to all these devices. With a hub like this, homeowners can expand their arsenal of smart home devices and reap the benefits.
A hub with a voice assistant is the basic starting point for many homes. It can answer questions and respond to commands while adjusted the connected devices. The more device there are, the more complex the system.
With time, these hubs and compatible devices will only expand. This is where we are at with smart home devices in 2017.
There is no doubt that the rate of development and desire for progress will mean that 2018 is almost certain to be the year the internet of things become commonplace for most Americans.