Home automation tools used to control everyday items around the house with your phone are making serious headway in the modern housing market. Having a sleek, attractive house only increases in its allure with what today’s technology has to offer.
Allowing technology to take care and know the details of your personal life is a delicate matter and it is worth ensuring that you own the most trustworthy products around. Products will range from offering utter convenience to providing your family with an elevated sense of safety. Read more to see our top picks!
The Neato XV Signature Pro is a highly recommended robotic vacuum. It is one of the most affordable modern vacuums available on the market, priced at $449USD. This vacuum is particularly known for its ability to pick up pet hair and for scheduling daily cleanings. Once running low on charge, the XV Signature Pro will return to its charging station on its own, making having a consistently clean home an expectation easy to maintain.
The Smart TV
The 55” LG OLED TV – B6 is highly reviewed among the internet as one of the best smart TVs out there – and for good reasons. The “O” in OLED indicates LG’s thinnest TV yet – pencil thin at 0.18”, and just 2” thick at the base. The 55” 4K display provides users with an HD experience topped with LG’s Cinematic Colour that allows viewers to see contrast in the darkest of cinema’s scenes. So sit back, enjoy the ease of LG’s Smart TV webOS 3.0 platform, and bask in that down time you deserve!
The Weather Detector
Getting up in the morning can be a difficult task on its own without getting dressed for that day’s weather. In North America, with ever-changing temperatures, the Netatmo Personal Weather Station would serve as the perfect morning companion. This device is perfect for monitoring everything pertaining to your home’s air quality; from temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide and even noise levels. All diagnostics are concluded in the Netatmo’s app or on their website. Turn your phone sideways, and the Netatmo app shows graphs that log how the environment in your home changes. With a simple swipe, the user can collect data from the exterior of their home to prepare them for the outdoors. Netatmo will also provide users with projected weather data and warn them should any critical weather conditions be approaching.
The Carbon Dioxide/ Monoxide Detector
Nest Protect is the long overdue modern fire alarm that consumers have been waiting for. Nest Protect is encased in a sleek exterior that detects smoke and carbon monoxide in various rooms in your home, all controlled from your phone. The alarm provides a calm voice warning of “Heads up. There’s smoke/ CO”, a nice change from the incessantly loud beeping a traditional fire alarm emits. If there is an emergency, it will flash red and say “Emergency, smoke/ CO detected”. You can name all the Nest Protects in your home and receive alerts as they relate to these rooms specifically, keeping users in the know and with the peace of mind that their home is safe.
The Smart Lock
August is a company that secures your front door and is known as one of the top smart locks available to consumers today. It’s a simple, sleek, reliable and its newest version works with Nest, Logitech Harmony, Comcast Xfinity Home and Siri. August’s Smart Lock allows users to use their smartphone as a key that locks and unlocks their door while creating virtual keys for guests (the perfect feature for any Airbnb host!) and keeps track of who comes and goes out of your home. It locks your front door for you and keeps you from copying an extra key to put under the mat ever again!
Customize Your Lights
The Philips Hue Starter Kit comes with 2 hue white light bulbs and complete control over your home’s brightness levels. This product will last years and works flawlessly with HomeKit, Nest and Siri. Using the Philips Hue app on your phone, you can dim the lights with a touch of a button or you can opt for the hands-free option that allows you to turn your lights on and off as necessary.
The Green Thumb
The kitchen is one of the oldest rooms in the house and deserves to be decorated as functionally and stylishly as possible. Click and Grow is a self-watering garden that grows plants with zero effort. A Smart Pot will grow up to 3 herbs available from its online store, allowing users to enjoy fresh parsley, basil, chili peppers, mini tomatoes, oregano, peppermint, sage, strawberries or any of the numerous refills also available from its online store! If 3 plants aren’t enough for your herbivore cravings, make sure to check out the selection for its indoor wall farms.
Not everyone believes that they have premium baking skills – at least not until the Perfect Bake came into the market. A fun and interactive activity for novice bakers to do with their family, the Perfect Bake contains hundreds of recipes on its downloadable app and walks you through, step by step, on how to bake them. Each ingredient is precisely measured and if anything is missing, Perfect Bake will build you a shopping list for next time!