It’s the year 2019 and smart home systems and devices are as important, and innovative, as ever. Today, smart home systems don’t just involve telling Alexa to play your favorite songs; in fact, smart devices actually have the ability to vacuum your dining too, cook your food, and turn off your bedroom lights right before you go to sleep.
These devices add convenience to your life, not only during light tasks such as ordering food or calling a family member, but they can also manage more serious tasks such as acting as a full-force home security system when you’re not around. Smart home devices aren’t just installed for fun, they’re actually quite useful.
So, what exactly is a smart device? Well, a smart home system refers to a command center that manages individual products, such as Google Assistant or Alexa, while a smart device is an individual product that is managed by the system.
Nobody would’ve thought that they’d be looking for high-tech gadgets for their homes, but, it’s 2019, and there are a lot of options for you to explore, so you can check it out on GadgetLounge. Now that we have the technicalities out of the way, here are the six best smart home devices that are a must-have in 2019:
Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)
Amazon Echo is currently the best smart speaker available. Not only is this device affordable at $99.99, but it’ll cater to all your needs, too. The speaker is compatible with Alexa and has the capability to send messages, make phone calls, play your music, answer questions, and set reminders and alarms for you with statements such as “It’s 8 am, it’s time to go to work”.
It even has the potential to connect to other smart devices, allowing you to use the Amazon Echo as a bridge between you and your garden’s watering system. The speaker has noise cancellation features and 360-degree audio to ensure the sound can be heard from anywhere. With the Amazon Echo, you can complete a variety of tasks from the comfort of your sofa.
This smart device allows you to control the color of your lights, as well as their intensity, with brightening and dimming options on-command. Through these features, you can create color-coordinated moods, for instance, choosing the “calm” mood on the app for your bedroom and syncing it up with matching music.
Additionally, you can set alarms that are coordinated and, according to that, wake up to, for example, a bright yellow room in the morning. The Phillips Hue bulbs are compatible with the majority of smart home systems, making them extremely flexible options. If colors aren’t your thing, you can always opt for Philips Hue White.
While smart lights, such as Philips Hue bulbs are quite easy to use, they can’t do their magic if someone flips down the light switch, making them impossible to work until and unless you physically flip the switchbacks.
To create a true experience of convenience, you should consider purchasing the TP-Link HS200, smart light switches which can actually be controlled your smart home or phone, regardless of whether the light switch is down or up. The app, called Kasa, can be used to create actions and scenes. For example, a phrase such as making food downstairs would switch off all the lights upstairs.
It is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, but you can also use it with other smart home systems, such as Wink and Apple HomeKit.
The Ecobee4 is an extremely versatile device that not only controls your house’s air temperature through voice commands but also acts as an Amazon speaker, giving it the ability to do everything the Google Assistant or Alexa can do, including controlling other devices and perform simple commands, such as playing music.
It can be seamlessly integrated with other apps and smart home systems, such as Apple HomeKit and Alexa. Additionally, it can also control the room you’re currently in instead of the room it’s installed in.
Netgear Arlo Q
While the smart home devices listed above are mainly used for entertainment or convenience purposes, the NetGear Arlo Q is a great device for your home’s security. With its strong technical features, the device can produce and record high-quality images and video, even in pitch-black darkness.
Perfect Bake Pro
It is perhaps the most innovative of the bunch where, by inputting the quantity of the ingredients you have, the device comes up with recipes you can make with those ingredients. So, the next time you’re hungry at midnight and don’t know what to make from 2 cups of cheese, a cup of pasta, and half a cup of milk, the device will do it for you.
The recipe can be autoscaled for the number of people or the number of ingredients you currently have or even come up with a shopping list for the recipes you want to create. Perhaps the best part of the device, the bowl can be used to measure the ingredients as they are poured in with the device indicating when you should stop adding the ingredients.
Devices listed above can definitely add oomph to your house and make life much more convenient and comfortable.
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