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How to Choose the Ideal Smart Gadgets for Your House

How to Choose the Ideal Smart Gadgets for Your House
Just beginning your smart home journey? A smart speaker is a great place to start. Image: John Tekeridis on Pexels.
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You’ll be surprised how far technology has come in recent years, and the latest gadgets for the home are slick and super useful. Move over, sandwich toaster, and make way for smarter and more utilitarian devices that are internet connected and can be controlled remotely. So what are the best new genres of electronic gadgets? We’re going to take a look at some of the best and see how they can help you begin to build a smarter and more convenient home.

Begin Creating a Smarter Home

Where do you begin making your home smarter? You can start in many different ways, and at low cost, too. For under $50, one can purchase many of the latest devices, such as a smart plug or smart outlet. They can then link to utilitarian devices such as lamps and appliances to enable activation remotely through a smartphone app. Conveniently turn things on and off when you need them, without having to search for a switch. Or automate them based on the sunrise or sunset times at your locale.

Smart Lighting

Smart lighting adds convenience and energy savings. Retro lighting, made with efficient LEDs, can be a good design choice in many homes. Image: Burak K on Pexels.

Cool new gadgets can help decrease your energy bill. The best smart lighting uses LEDs, which consume far less power than most fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. One can control these with their smartphone, or be connected to the Google Home or Amazon Alexa apps. Then, you can tell your lights to go on and off with your voice.

Smart Speakers

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home Mini Speakers. Image: Digitized House Media.
Amazon Echo and Google Home Mini smart speakers. Image: Digitized House.

If you’re not into pressing buttons or speaking into your smartphone, opting for smart speakers may be ideal for your home. Rather than having to take your phone out of your pocket or walk over by the computer, smart speakers can be used with Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or Google Assistant for uttering vocal commands to. As you speak, you can instruct them carry our meaningful tasks, from reading the news, telling you what the weather will be, and much more. Or simply tell them to play some relaxing music, all from the comfort of your sofa. A serious time saving and effortless gadget.

Smart Door Locks

Smart door locks can be retrofitted to most doors, allowing you to control your doors remotely—locking and unlocking them using a secure smartphone app. It’s a great way for allowing trusted people, such as a dog walker or housekeeper, to enter your home when you’re not around by tapping a secure code on a keypad. 

These smart locks as also great for adding security, because you can also keep track of people who have been using your front door. And, when integrated with other smart gadgets and electronic devices, one can do things like turning lights on automatically when doors are unlocked.

Security Cameras

If you install a security camera, you can keep a real-time eye on your home. Keep a tab on all persons coming and going, and do it all from your laptop or smartphone. The better cameras on the market will also have night vision and that can be linked up to myriad other devices for added convenience and automations.

New Gadgets Everywhere

Like it or not, these smart gadgets are changing the future of the home for the better. Just make sure you look at relevant reviews before buying. 

Can you think of any great gadgets that we’ve left out? How can one make their home smarter? We’d love hearing more about it. Let us know through our social media accounts.

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Alex Green

Alex Green has over 5 years of experience in the tech industry. After studying electronic engineering at Westminster University, he has gone on to develop great products, including LED lights for the home. Alex is also working on a part-time basis to write articles and blog posts on electronic products and gadgets.