With technology continuing to be a growing presence in every aspect of life, the home is no exception. While popular smart home technologies such as Alexa, Google Home, Echo Dot and Apple HomePod provide users with an array of high-tech functions such as playing music and accessing information from the internet, smart home technology today has advanced even further and presents homeowners with a versatile selection of new systems including smart thermostats, light bulbs, plugs, locks and doorbells that offer a new level of intelligence to the everyday home. Read on to discover the latest smart devices in home technology that will elevate your home in the new year.
Some call this gadget the “best little device on the market”, and for good reason. The Nest thermostat automatically adapts as the seasons change and learns your preferred temperatures throughout the day. In just one week from installation, Nest’s temperature settings will acclimatize according to your preferences – cool at night as you hop into bed and a warm 72 degrees in the morning before your cup of joe. When you rush off to work, Nest uses your phone’s location to determine if you’ve left and enters eco mode, saving energy and reducing bills by up to 15 percent.
Seeming to be ahead of its time, the TecBillion lightbulb home security camera with Wi-Fi includes a built in 360-degree view camera complete with clear night vision and motion detection. Get an alert on your phone when any motion is detected and monitor your home from anywhere in the world using the compatible app. In addition, the lightbulb comes equipped with a built-in microphone and speaker, so you can two-way talk with family and look out for your pets.
Teckin’s Smart Plug can control your home appliances through voice commands to your Amazon Alexa, Echo or Google Assistant. Schedule the Smart Plug to automatically power electronics on and off as needed and create custom schedules for traveling and energy saving purposes.
Smart lock brand August has revolutionized home access and security via its keyless, total control home lock system. With its state-of-the-art technology, the August Smart Lock allows users to lock or unlock their home from anywhere at any time via the smartphone app. The Smart Lock Pro can even be voice activated – compatible with Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
As the leading brand in smart doorbell technology, Nest grants residents a 24/7 HD video stream at their doorstep. With night vision, 160-degree views and visitor detection alerts, the two-talk system not only offers high security but priceless peace of mind. Other features include prerecorded messages, three-hour snapshot history, special detection alerts and head-to-toe visuals for visitors and packages.