Handy Looks at Smart Tech for your Home
Handy believes that smart home technology is not only convenient but can secure your home as well. The Internet of Things (IoT) and high-speed wireless connection has made it possible to automate your home environment. Whether you want to switch off your lightbulbs or vacuum the floors of your home, you can do it if your home contains smart devices.
Here are some smart tech that you can install in your home –
- Amazon Alexa – Amazon Alexa is definitely one of the best smart home ecosystems available today. With over 20,000 third-party integrations, you can seamlessly connect with all the popular smart products made by brands like Samsung, Philips, Schlage, Nest, and more. Alexa is built in Eco-speakers, TVs (Fire TV), and even thermostats (Ecobee4).
You can speak to Alexa directly to control apps like Spotify or instruct her to turn off the lights. Alexa can also adjust the temperature of your home, lock your doors for you, and close the garage. Thus, if you want a smart tech, your first choice should be Amazon Alexa.
- Google Assistant – Google Assistant is a mighty competitor to Amazon Alexa. Since Google dominates the search engine space, it can answer questions for you more accurately. According to some experts, it is also more intelligent than the former. Google Assistant will have no problem in integrating with smart products of popular brands like Uber, Philips, Nest, Belkin, August, etc.
- Wink Hub 2 – Wink hub 2 is a home hub that is specifically designed for mainstream consumers. It allows you to merge smart products of different brands and make allow them to work seamlessly with one another.
Wink Hub 2 supports various smart home protocols like Lutron ClearConnect, Bluetooth Le, Wi-Fi, Kidde, Z-Wave, and more. It is a really good option if you want to have a fully integrated smart home.
- Samsung SmartThing Hub – The Samsung SmartThings hub allows the integration of various types of smart home products like Wi-Fi router, security devices, thermostats, and lightbulbs. It also comes with a wall mount that can let you access all the smart device in your home. You can also integrate Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa with the system.
Once you own a smart tech, you can start buying more smart devices. Some popular smart devices include Philips Hue (lightbulb), Ecobee4 (thermostat), Amazon Echo (Speaker), TP-Link HS200 (light switch), Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker with SmartChef Technology (grill), Ecovacs Deebot N79S (Vacuum), NetGear Arlo Q (security device), and perfect Bake (cooking device).
Many people believe that smart home devices are expensive but that is not the case. There are many affordable smart devices in the market and every year, the features are just getting better. The ‘Phillips Hue’ will cost you just $49.99 and will let you have control the color and intensity of the lightbulb. Such a thing is impossible to do on traditional bulbs.
According to Handy, people who don’t want convenience can opt to spend their money on smart security systems. Smart devices like NetGear Arlo Q can offer better home security than traditional wireless security camera systems. Choose a smart device based on your requirements and it will make your life a lot better.