Being able to manage an entire home remotely from a smartphone is something we’ve all been dreaming and talking about for a long time. You know, having the power to operate your vacuum without being home, turn the lights on while you’re off traveling, or feed and play with your dog from the other side of the world.
While all of that sounds incredible to some, it’s actually a reality for many, thanks to smart home technology. From sophisticated security/monitoring systems to smart bulbs, doorbells, and thermostats, today’s connected devices will help you automate your home and give you peace of mind while you’re away.
Whether you are a big fan of the Internet of Things (IoT) or a frequent traveler looking to have remote control over the house when touring the world, these clever home gadgets will make your everyday life (and your time on the road) a whole lot easier.
Connected Doorbell: Ring Video Doorbell 2
Thanks to Video Doorbell 2’s built-in microphone, speakers, and adjustable motion sensors, you can now watch over your home and speak to your visitors from halfway around the world. The battery-powered gadget also works as a security camera, providing excellent 1080p video quality and improved night-vision capabilities. For $3 per month, Ring’s cloud service allows you to store your videos for up to 60 days.
Smart Power Outlet: Belkin WeMo Insight
Thinking about automating your home, but don’t know where to begin? Start with Wemo Insight Smart Plug, a Wi-Fi enabled device that lets you monitor energy consumption and control your home lights and electronics from anywhere, right from your phone or tablet. Using the free Wemo app, you can schedule the A/C unit to turn on/off, synchronize your lamps with the sunset, or turn the lights on and off randomly to make it seem like someone is home.
Moreover, when paired with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, Wemo Insight gives you hands-free voice control over your lights and appliances.