The world as we know it today is changing. Technical diversity in various fields is altering the operational workflow, and many companies across the globe are embracing a new form of technology – The Internet of Things.
We have dreamt of smart homes, where our appliances will automatically perform our daily tasks. The coffee pot starts brewing the moment you wake up, the curtains slide when the alarm sound is turned on, computing devices will begin to operate with voice commands, and your car drives on its own while you surf the internet. Cool isn’t it.
Most of us believe such incidents are only possible in fiction movies!
What if I tell you these things are becoming a reality, would you believe me? Most of you will nod your head left and right and laugh. But, the reality is shifting towards a new horizon, and we must be prepared to embrace it.
Recently, a Business Insider spokesperson revealed that the shipment of the smart home devices would reach 193 million until 2020. This includes smart mobile devices, smart home appliances, temperature controllers, security solutions, smart thermostats and lighting and more.
Smart Devices in Homes
Smart Home devices have already made a stout presence in millions of homes. Amongst all, Amazon Echo is the first device to capture the attention of residents. The device works as a central hub for other connected gadgets and operates via voice command. Amazon Echo’s voice-assistant Alexa is far more advanced than Apple’s Siri and can recognize your voice instantly.
IT giants Google and Apple have also introduced similar devices to compete with their long-term rival Amazon – Google Home and Apple HomePod.
An assortment of smart home devices will be introduced this year. And most devices will be compatible with Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod. However, it’s not possible to uncover every device coming out this year. But, we have compiled a short list of devices that might grab your attention.
Nest Cam is an excellent addition to secure your home. This $199 camera can shoot 1080p quality video and features a swiveling base that can be adjusted almost anywhere. It is integrated with a sharp night vision, two-way audio, and a wide zoom that captures distant videos. Nest Cam can be connected with your smart devices, allowing you to keep an eye on your home 24/7. This device also allows you to store the recording on a cloud server, but you’ll have to pay $10 every month to use this service.
Ecobee4 is a sleek touch screen interface that helps you to monitor the temperature of every room in your house. With this smart appliance, users can ensure all the rooms are heated or cooled properly. The newest version has Amazon Alexa integrated into the system, so users don’t need to have an Amazon Echo to control other smart devices.
Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit
The set comprises of two smart lights with a connection hub. While you cannot change the color of the bulb, you can adjust their brightness by 800 lumens. Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit can be connected with plenty of smart devices including Nest, Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Apple HomeKit.
iHome ISP5 SmartPlug
Even Power plugs are getting smarter. The new iHome ISP5 SmartPlug can be controlled via smartphone, Alexa, Nest Learning Thermostat, and Google home. You can schedule the plug to turn on and off automatically. Besides that, it includes advanced circuitry to detect low and high power and turns off automatically if required.