It seems like every day a new gadget is released to the public to help improve your day to day life. If you’re looking to finally bring your home into the 21st century with some technology, here’s a list of the best gadgets to improve security and everyday life in your home.
Amazon Echo / Echo Dot
The Echo, by Amazon, assists with daily tasks you didn’t even know you needed help with. It features Amazon’s voice activated assistant, Alexa. Ask Alexa about the traffic or the weather while you’re getting ready. The Echo is connected with Amazon Music to play any song at any moment. Other fun and handy features include calling an Uber and ordering pizza. This high-tech gadget can even send a message to another Echo. It’s easy to set up and can be controlled by your voice or iPhone. The smaller and less expensive version of this is called the Echo Dot.
What you’ll pay: Echo $179 Echo Dot: $50
The Ecobee features a room sensor to help with hot and cold spots in your home. The Ecobee conveniently features a smart home / away mode that will automatically adjust for maximum energy saving. Forgot to turn off your A/C before you left? No problem with the Ecobee. You can control your thermostat from you mobile device when you are on the go. Not only does the Ecobee control the temperature in your home, but it comes with Amazon Voice Service built inside, and it can perform many ‘skills’ that come with Alexa, such as setting timers and telling you the weather.
What you’ll pay: $249
With this video doorbell you can see who is at your front door without even getting up. Ring streams video and audio straight to your mobile device. With Ring, you will never miss a visitor, even if you aren’t home. The ring will alert you on your mobile device and even give you the capability of speaking to the visitor. It also lets you set up a perimeter, that way if any motion is detected in the specified area, recording starts. It also comes with a built in rechargeable battery. Home security couldn’t be any easier!
What you’ll pay: $179-$499
Phillips Hue Smart Light Bulb
Already comfortable in bed but you forgot to turn off your lights? You can now control your light bulbs via Bluetooth! These Phillips brand smart light bulbs even work with Amazon Alexa enabled devices. With the Hue app, you can also set timers and alarms. At Night, you can preset the timer to turn your lights off gradually to help you fall asleep.
What you’ll pay: $39.97 per 3 pack
These gadgets can modernize your home while securing it and saving money. Read online for reviews of each and see how homeowners are benefiting with these products.