Smart homes are the future and the future is now.
There's no doubt about it, home automation is becoming a thing. Today with a simple touch of a button or voice command you can simplify your life and become the master of your environment. Unless you're a tech nerd you probably need some help knowing what's out there and what it will all do for you. Well, it's your lucky day because we did all the research for you!
Below, find the top 5 home gadgets you need, (but didn't know you need).
1. Amazon Echo
If you were to pick one Smart Home device Amazon Echo is a good place to start. With easy set up, it effortlessly connects you to a cloud and responds to voice commands. You'll have the ability to listen to your favorite music from Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora + more on a pretty impressive speaker. Additionally, it can also connect to other Smart devices, tell you the weather and even read you audio books while you multi task your life away.
2. Philips Hue
Lighting automation is one of the easiest ways to change the ambience of a home while also shifting your living spaces to be more efficient- saving on energy costs. This application offers color changing bulbs you can control to set any mood, lighting that can wake you up, or even high beam sensors that can act as a home security system. Necessary add on: Apple offers an innovative application to control Philips Hue lighting called Thorlight which comes highly recommended. Now your kitchen can instantly become a nightclub!
3. Samsung Family Hub
The latest in Smart Fridge technology serves as an entertainment and communication center as well as a family planner- becoming the most important part of the kitchen! Our favorite? The Samsung Family Hub which offers a touchscreen to order groceries when needed, play the latest in music, manage kids schedules as well as watch TV. The fridge will notify you when you need to buy more milk, which you can order from the touchscreen. Basically: your fridge becomes your personal assistant.
4. iHome ISP5 Smart Plug
With the ISP5 plug you can control power going to any device with your cell phone, making this the simplest way to make any device in your home "Smart." Yes, we're even talking about that beloved mid century lamp of yours! The iHome app allows you to schedule your power sources to create optimum efficiency, and it can be linked to a multitude of other Smart devices. This little addition to your home is easy, even for those of us that might be less tech inclined.
5. The Nest Thermostat
The Nest ensures every room in your home is heated or cooled efficiently and can be controlled easily by your Smart phone so you don't have to move a finger....well actually just one finger. This device will also "learn" your schedule and sense what rooms you are in, saving on energy costs by 20-30%. All of this and The Nest is even easy to connect.
At The Avenue Home Collective it is our goal to not only provide innovation in our real estate services but also be your source for all the latest in tech advancements for the home.