The 5 Best Smart Home Devices for 2021

Smart Home Devices are becoming essential day by day

Smart home devices are now essential products to own. The devices give us the ability to control various aspects of our homes, offices via voice commands, phone apps, and computers. With a surge in demand, connected devices are a big part of tech brands operating in India. There are more affordable smart home device options in the market today that one can pick up to upgrade their life.

They can even help you to work smarter, make so many things easier and safer as well. Smart devices don’t necessarily mean just AI virtual assistants, but other devices like coffee machines, refrigerators, door openers, and cameras make up your smart home integration. Most of them are come with intuitive operations and can be connected up to wi-fi for greater ease of use and simpler home automation.

Smart Home Automation
Smart Home Automation

Smart Speakers and Displays

Smart speakers are voice-activated, wireless devices that use integrated virtual assistant software to obtain data about tasks or provide search results. On the other hand, Smart displays have more or less the same functions but present all results, data visually through a screen and with the help of a speaker.                                                       

These two devices do share one function in common that makes them a must-have for the future of the smart home. This is where they are always on and listening for activation words provided via their virtual assistants. For example, Cortana, Google, and Siri are used to power smart home integration. Such virtual assistant software is categorized as interactive software and can request you to clarify requests and even adapts to the user’s search patterns and voice.

Surveys estimated that 10% of U.S. citizens owned some kind of smart speaker. These estimates on the future of smart homes are expected to soar to 20% or even higher than that as new models are released. Mainstream smart speakers can adjust home lightings, search for information online, send out emails or messages and then speak out the results. These smart home devices did have some limitations; for example, some people preferred to see a map instead of hearing about it. This is when smart displays come in handy. The Lenovo Smart Display was the first consumer-focused smart display launched in 2018.   

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Smart Plugs

The smart plug is an affordable way to upgrade any electronics, appliances, and lighting into smart home devices that you can control via your smartphone. Installing and using these plugs is a simple task too. They are marketed as smart outlets and smart switches, but they are ultimately plug-in outlets.  

They can be plugged into wall outlets, traditional power strips and even come with a dedicated outlet that is connected up to the devices you wish to automate. Most smart plugs today are compatible with smartphones to control power usage. You can control appliances remotely or can schedule to carry out the same function with the help of these smart devices. For example, you can be programme to turn off the coffee machine at a certain time during the day using one such device. 

Smart plugs can even be integrated into scenes. This is where you program how several smart home devices work with each other. Some let you program such scenes based on humidity levels, temperatures, conditions, etc. Other smart plug models support energy monitoring; providing you details over how long a device was running for, estimate your power costs, average power usage, etc. 

Home Security Cameras

These home security cameras let you check up on your home or office through a tablet or smartphone. They are different from traditional security cameras; they can operate using cloud storage and give you real-time video feed from any camera at any time. A smart home security camera can begin recording short video clips as soon as the camera detects motion. This footage goes directly to a MicroSD card or even an online secure area. 

Advanced home security cameras are compatible with smart speakers andsmart displays too. It is possible to program them to send out alerts on motion detection on the smart speaker. Recorded videos can be viewed via the connected smart displays like the Google Home Hub or the Amazon Echo Show 10. Wireless home security cameras give you even more flexibility and convenience when it comes to smart home integration. All they have are batteries and a Wi-Fi connection and can be installed easily.

Smart Locks and Home Security Systems

A smart door lock is an electronic door lock that doesn’t utilize a physical key. Instead, it relies on technology protocols such as -Wave, Bluetooth, and WiFi. You operate such locks via voice commands, a touch console, or through a smartphone app.

There are various technologies and certain electronic door locks that can be unlocked via biometrics or fingerprints and any mismatches in these biometrics records will result in a real-time alert. You can operate smart door locks using keypads. The homeowner has to set up a passcode that is configured after the lock is installed. You could even set up individual combinations for each member of your family so you can track who visits your home.

As suggested, a smartphone app can easily control this digital lock. Mobile data is used to connect the device via Bluetooth or WiFi. And then a virtual key is created to open the lock. The virtual key stays valid for a limited time.   

Fob locks do have a fob key that is a physical one and is simply tapped against the lock interface. A single fob key works with multiple fob locks installed throughout the home.

Smart Heating and Cooling

Smart thermostats make your home comfortable and offer you more cost savings. These thermostats can control HVAC systems, turning them on or off whether you’re at home or not. Smart thermostats are capable of following sophisticated schedules on each day they are used. You could even do the same from a remote location, by programming a thermostat to adjust to the outside weather automatically. So when the weather is warm outside, you could have ideal temperatures indoors.   

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