So you haven’t dipped your toes in the world of the smart homes. It’s time. You’ve no doubt
heard how you can control door locks, garage door openers, thermostats, lights and security
cameras from a smartphone, but where do you start? Which gadgets are easiest to install and
give you a taste of what a smart home is all about?
Here are 4 smart home connected tech gadgets to get started:
Philips Hue light kits come with a hub that controls up to 50 devices. You’ll need a hub as you
build your smart home. It connects to the internet and distributes a Bluetooth signal that
everything can connect to. The Hue bulbs connect to fixtures like any other bulb, and you can
control them through your smartphone, Alexa or just your voice.
In addition to these bulbs Hue light kits have a light strip and table lamps. A starter pack with
two bulbs and the hub are often on sale for less than $100.
Amazon’s Alexa is in nearly everything, including a smoke alarm from First Alert. The One Link
Safe & Sound detects smoke and carbon monoxide. Why? It has a speaker so you can listen to
music. You can talk to Alexa through the detector as well and if the alarm goes off you’ll get a
notification on your phone.
The most popular smart home device is the Amazon Echo Dot that can control most all smart
home devices. The Google Home Mini may be even better, it just depends on whether you use
Amazon products, or Google products.
A security camera is a great first smart home device, and makes a nice gift, this Canary camera
doesn’t look Techy sitting on a shelf. It actually blends in with your decor. Monitor any place in
your home right from your phone. Get notifications if something moves.
You can also give smart thermostats and door locks but I suggest getting your feet wet with one
of these gadgets to see how you like it.