How convenient life will be if we have all the devices connected to the internet? This means that we are not looking at computers and smartphones only, but also devices like clocks, speakers, doorbells, lights, windows, surveillance cameras, window blinds, windows, daily use appliances, cook utensils and other gadgets. What if these devices could connect and communicate with each other and perform different tasks?
Not only this, these devices will be able to send information, take commands from the user and life becomes more like a science fiction movie set. This is achievable by using possibilities that are included in the Internet of Things ( IoT) which is a key component of home automation and smart homes. This is almost the same as Home Automation, which grants the ability to control items in your home. This means that you can perform activities like setting up lamps to turn on and off whenever you want them to, and make things simple and inexpensive. You can also go advanced, which might require users to get specialized equipment and spend a good amount of money.
You can look at different smart home products using different categories. So we have devices that can control things like lights, temperature, locks to secure your home. Also, you can create amazing gift items and do shopping as well. This can be shopping on a holiday or buying something for your home. Anything is possible where there is IoT. Also, to make things more convenient and streamlined, you can use Spectrum’s high-speed internet. Let’s have a look at some amazing Smart Home Gadgets of 2020:
If you do not like talking to your devices and still control things around you using the old-fashioned push-button mechanism, then this device is something that you should have a look at. The Logitech Harmony Elite is more like a universal remote that helps you control more than your TV and stereos. This unit might be a bit pricey and helps you connect using the Harmony Home Hub to control Bluetooth, Z-Wave, infrared and Zigbee devices in your home.
The Amazon Echo is a Bluetooth speaker that is driven by Alexa which is Amazon’s famous voice assistant and works perfectly with many smart home devices. Also, if you have If This Then That or IFTTT to control many others using recipes. You can create these recipes yourself as well. This might require you to do a lot of work, but Alexa is quite exceptional. It controls most of the gadgets that we have in our homes just using voice commands. If you have a speaker, the inexpensive Echo Dot can easily connect to it and add the Alexa functionality. Also, if you have a touch screen to view search results and make video calls, you can have a look at the Echo Show or the Echo Show 5.
The device is a new addition to the TP-Link family and uses your phone to control the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip HS300. It can also be controlled using the Amazon Alexa, the Microsoft Cortana voice commands and the Google Assistant. It supports IFTTT applets to communicate with third-party devices and can monitor things like energy usage for its six outlets.
This is one unique wall switch that works using Wi-Fi to connect and control different smart devices in your home. The device has a color touch screen and user-friendly buttons that enable you to play music, control lights, set the temperature of your home, and keep a watch on your door. Besides these, there are a lot of other functions that one can perform. The device is compatible with many smart home platforms like Ring, Nest, Philips Hue, Ecobee, and Sonos. It also has built-in Amazon Alexa voice support which is used to do almost any task that you want to perform. The only drawback that I feel the device has is that it is quite pricey and requires the user to have exceptional knowledge of installations.
The Arlo Ultra raises standards for all outdoor cameras. It is one of the first models that is used to stream and record videos in true 4k, UHD or Ultra High Definition. Though it is quite expensive, it has almost all the cool tech including automatic zooming, motion tracking, integrated spotlight and siren, color night vision, one-click connectivity to 911 and many other cool features. It is completely wireless and gets very convenient when it comes to installation. All you need to do is sign up to one an Arlo subscription plans so that you can benefit from all camera features.
IoT is surely going to revolutionize the way people live their lives and carry out the basic tasks that we do in our homes, offices, shops and other places. Smart locks by companies like Welock are another example of new technology that will help so many. Many of these developments are still underway and many new gadgets, technologies and algorithms are being created. Let’s look forward to what is The Next Big Thing offered by IoT and IoT related technologies.