Smart Home — What Products Are Actually Useful?

There’s a lot of buzz right now around Smart Home products. What this means, according to some manufacturers, is you take an ordinary product and stick a WiFi connector on it. In reality, for it to be Smart, it has to actually offer you a solution to a problem. Here are a handful of Smart Home products that are actually useful.

Philips Hue

The thing we depend on the most in a home, other than heating, is light. The Philips Hue seeks to solve the issue of having to manually flick lights on and off. It may not sound like a huge problem, but given the importance of lighting in your home, it’s nice to be able to have full control over it wherever you are. Philips Hue does this through a mobile application.

Another important feature in the Philips Hue range is that it allows for choosing different colours, as opposed to a bright, white light that standard bulbs emit. This can create a unique ambience in a room, and really improve its aesthetic. You can create a romantic setting with a warm red colour, or a high-tech gamer vibe by putting the LED strips behind your monitor and choosing a bright, neon colour. It may not be the Smartest product on the list, but it can make the biggest visual difference to your home than any other product.

You can use the Philips discount codes on voucherbox to pick up some cheaper-than-usual LED lights and go wild with creativity. 

Nest Learning Thermostat

Another staple of modern housing is the utility it brings around keeping warm and cool at the right times. If the thermostat numbers mean nothing to you, and the weather keeps changing outside so you lose perspective on what’s a good temperature, you can let the intelligence of your thermostat do all the hard work.

The Nest Thermostat will use AI to harness all of your previous behaviour (at what time and circumstance you did decide on certain temperatures), and the machine will learn from this. It will then automatically set the temperature for you, so that’s one less thing on your mind.

This means you’re in and out of the house all day, the thermostat will run itself, and will maintain optimal temperatures for you. It's also worth checking out the wearable heating-cooling system designed by MIT.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

There are a few Smart doorbells on the market, but the Ring Video stands out given the positive customer reviews. This is a Smart way to keep your home safe. Strangers or friends who approach your door will be on camera due to its motion sensor. You can boot up your app and very quickly see in real-time who is there, which will help decide whether or not you want to answer the door. This doubles as a security camera if someone tries to break in your home, though you will have to pay extra for video storage. 

There are many more Smart products on the market that are not mentioned on this list. Perhaps best of all, the Raspberry Pi allows you to create your own Smart products, such as an Alexa mirror.

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