There are more smart home devices than ever before. Almost everything is getting on the internet, including the least we expect like our toothbrushes. Sometimes it looks scary that we are depending too much on the internet to have a life. Analysts from the National Public Radio suggest that at least one in six Americans uses voice command to call up a favourite song or the weather. The analysts also took the use of smart home devices to the extreme to ascertain “what happens when you fill a house with smart technology.” The result was amazing, but a little scary. You can understand what it means to go extreme if your toothbrush reports to its manufacturer that you haven’t brushed your teeth all day. Oh you watched TV all day on Christmas!
But the easy life is second to none; from our lights, security cameras, doorbells, speakers, window blinds, cooking utensils, etc., all communicating to one another. The most popular smart home devices are basically the key component of home automation. Yes, controlling every item around your home with a voice command or a simple push, items such as your lamp, surveillance cameras, etc. On our list are the 5 most popular smart home devices that almost every smart home is using.
Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller 2nd Gen
- Auto-weather adjustments
- Receives alerts for changed schedule
- WiFi Connectivity (compatible with other IoTs)
With the Rachio Smart Sprinkler controller, you can use a master valve terminal to control more than eight or sixteen zones, based on your unit. It can be controlled remotely from your Smartphone and the 2nd gen Rachio Smart Sprinkler doesn’t get your lawn wet. It can be integrated with other IoT devices with full support for Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, Samsung Smart, and IFTTT.
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
- Unlocks when you arrive (automatic lock)
- Ability to send keyless access to family, friends, housekeepers and others
- Control and monitor from anywhere
Moving around with house keys is getting out of fashion since the introduction of smart locks and August Smart lock Pro + Connect has won the locks in many smart homes. It’s completely a professional smart home device with so much intelligence and precision. August Smart Lock can be controlled remotely; hence, your family, friends and housekeepers don’t have to wait until you get home and be given the keys to your home. The features include Z-Wave compatibility, connectivity for Wi-Fi, Alexa, Siri voice and Google Assistant commands. So far, it’s the best smart home lock.
- Can hear you from across the room with its seven microphones and beamforming technology
- WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity
- Can control switches, lights, and thermostats
- Compatible with other IoTs
The Echo allows users to control a lot of smart home devices directly using its Alexa. It’s a Bluetooth speaker which can be used to control so many gadgets in your house from considerably far distances. The device can be connected to another Bluetooth speaker while still performing its full functionalities through the speaker. It supports IFTTT and Nest thermostats but has no touchscreen.
- Built-in Alexa Voice Service built-in
- With temperature and humidity sensor
The ecobee4 has numerous features common to all popular smart home devices. With its sleek design, IoT lovers are easily lured to try out the Alexa-powered gadget. It’s easy to fall in love with its ability to control the temperature in your rooms, reducing hot and cold spots using a built-in remote sensor. The ecobee4 has all the features introduced by its predecessor released in 2015, ecobee3. It shares functionalities with Amazon Echo such as the ability to control other IoTs, play music, weather information, news, and more.
Netgear Arlo Pro 2
- Motion and Sound Detection
- Watch and record crisp HD video
- 2-Way Audio
- Smart Security Siren
- Turns on automatically in low light
Netgear Arlo Pro 2 is an outdoor security camera that increased the flexibility of home monitoring. The device has sensors to detect motion and sound and a 2-way audio communication; that is you can have a full video conversation with your visitor before unlocking your door through the connected device; usually a Smartphone or computer. Arlo Pro has rechargeable batteries and can process images even at night with its night vision system. And lastly, it has support for Amazon Alexa.