Our homes are getting smarter every passing year. But with these great smart home devices, you can take it to the next level.
How much does it cost to turn your house into a smart house?
Making your home smart will vary on your ambitions and, of course, budget. Estimates from sites like gearbrain.com indicate that, on average, it will cost you somewhere in the region of $11,000 for a basic setup with an Alexa and Lutron installation.
Other estimates from sites like fixr.com suggest a planned budget of around $1,000 per room.
What do smart homes do?
“A smart home is a residence that uses internet-connected devices to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems, such as lighting and heating.” – internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com.
In this sense, a smart home offers occupants complete control of many aspects of their home and appliances with minimal physical effort.
All that sounds great, but it must always be born in mind that internet-connected devices of any kind are open to attack from nefarious agents anywhere in the world.
If you do plan on making your home smart, be sure to research the potential risks and put in place appropriate measures to keep you safe and sound.
7 awesome smart gadgets for your home
Here are 7 awesome smart gadgets to make your smart home that little bit smarter.
1. Check out this Smart Plug that works with Alexa
This Kasa Smart WiFi plug from TP-link that works well will your home Alexa. These plugs help you create schedules to automatically turn devices on and off to save you a pretty penny.
You can create schedules to effectively manage your home’s most power-hungry devices any time of day, even when you’re out of the house.
2. Keep you Echo Plus safe and sound with this stand
Why not consider getting yourself this handy wall-mounted holder for your precious Echo Plus? Keep it out of harm’s way, and conveniently placed at all times by strategically placing the holder in a suitable location.
For only 19 bucks you can rest assured your Echo Plus will be in very good hands.
3. Keep your home sparklingly clean with this Robo Vacuum
Why bother cleaning the floors yourself when you can employ the work of this handy little Robo Vacuum
The robot is WiFi connected and has intelligent mapping making it ideal for carpets, hard floors and picking up pet hair. It can also connect with your Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
4. Never need a charging cable again with this Phone Charging Pad
This wireless charging pad is Qi-certified and ultra-thin and enables fast wireless charging for your phone. It is compatible with 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, Xs MAX, XS, XR, X, 8, 8Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, 8, 5, Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, and most other Qi-enabled devices.
5. Keep your home safe and sound with this great surveillance camera
Home security is vitally important to keep you safe and sound in your smart home. These Larkkey Wi-Di Home Security Cameras are ideal for that and can connect with your Alexa to show you footage from around your home on command.
They can also be used as great little baby monitors too.
6. Control how you play music around the home with this multi-room smart audio system
The Sonos Multi-room Digital Music System Bundle is great for streaming music wirelessly anywhere in your home. You can use the system to play different music in different rooms or the same music in many rooms simultaneously.
It works over your existing Wi-Fi network and plugs into the wall so the music never needs to stop.
7. Check out this smart remote
This Logitech Harmony Companion all-in-one remote control is a great addition to your smart home. It connects easily with your Alexa and will let you perform activities like lowering the blinds, dimming the lights, firing-up the TV for movie night – – all with a tap of the finger.