As the so-called Internet of Things comes of age, consumers might wonder what smart gadgets are worth getting for their home. Though there are plenty of products available to keep consumers connected, these four can help users who want to live in a truly connected home achieve a lifestyle integrated with technology.
One of the first home appliances to take advantage of the Internet, bringing the idea of a connected home to fruition, is the smart thermostat. The Nest thermostat is probably the most well-known, and for good reason: this Wi-Fi-enabled device can be controlled by an iPhone or Android app, even when the user is away from home. These apps allow you to set the temperature of the thermostat, enable “away” settings, or prepare your home for arrival on a cold or hot day. Though the Nest isn’t the only smart thermostat on the market, it has received numerous positive reviews, including one from CNET, opining that “everything about the Learning Thermostat screams classy and thoughtful.”
Imagine being able to control your home’s lights, blinds, and door locks, even when you’re not home. It’s all possible with home automation devices, which work by communicating with sensors placed around your home. One such device is the Ninja Block, which does all of the above and can also communicate with smart thermostats. Home automation devices can get pricey, especially if you invest in additional sensors or cameras to use advanced features like taking a picture when someone arrives at the door or alerting you to movement in the garage. But if you want a security system that talks to you or makes sure all the lights and electronics are off after you leave your home, home automation systems are a must.
Though checking the scale is part of many people’s morning routine, smart scales take this ritual to the next level by allowing users to sync information from activity-tracking devices to evaluate progress on pre-set fitness goals. If you want more insight than just your current weight, smart scales like the FitBit Aria provide metrics like body mass index and allow users to see detailed fitness progress graphs.
The joy new parents feel when they bring their tiny bundle home for the first time is an unparalleled feeling. So, too, is the fear that they feel leaving their baby in a crib at nap time or alone with a babysitter. Fortunately, smart baby monitors like the Mimo not only provide parents peace of mind with live, streaming video, but can also provide notifications if the baby starts moving around a lot. Some smart baby monitors even include heart monitors that can detect when the baby is about to wake so parents can comfort him or her the second they wake up.
Living a truly connected life is more possible than ever before thanks to devices that use technology in new and innovative ways to simplify users’ lives and make a connected home a reality.
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