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13 Amazing Home Automation Products
These home automation products will make your life so much easier.
The ecobee Switch+ is a smart wall switch that connects to your WiFi, and can be controlled using a mobile app. ecobee is the first company to embed Amazon Alexa in a light switch. This means it’s capable of telling you current news, playing music, controlling other smart home devices and more. Check out these 12 surprising ways you can use your smartphone in your home.
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GE Kitchen Hub
Home chefs will absolutely love this fully integrated kitchen smart hub. With a centrally located dashboard, this home automation device features a WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled 27-inch touchscreen that’s situated right above your stove. Features include stovetop-facing cameras for your social media presence or cooking class videos, video calling, music streaming and the ability to watch Netflix while you cook. It can also be controlled with the voice-enabled assistant named Geneva. The hub also doubles as a functioning exhaust hood! While not available just yet, it will debut Fall 2018. Here are some smart appliances you can buy today.
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Securfi Almond 3
This device is both a router and a smart home automation hub, capable of handling speeds up to 867 Mbps on the 5GHz band and up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. It can even reach up to 1,300 square feet of space. The app can also be used to quickly utilize Zigbee, Z-Wave and access WiFi connectivity options. If you’re considering WiFi-enabled devices, look into a WiFi Thermostat.
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Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller
Keep your landscape lush with the latest Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller. This home automation system gives you control over eight or 16 zones, depending on which controller you choose. It features a master valve terminal (for systems that have one) and is smart enough not to water the lawn if it’s raining. Turn it on wherever you are with your phone, and use with other smart devices like Amazon’s Alexa. Speaking of smart watering, check out these smart and effective lawn watering tips.
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Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System
Hestan Cue’s cooking system is a sight for smart eyes. It includes an 11-inch smart fry pan, 1600-watt smart induction burner and a video-based recipe app. The system is great for beginners in need of some extra cooking tips to keep from burning their food, while also serving as a helpful hand for seasoned chefs who want to try out the 100-plus recipes. Users can prepare their dishes from the available recipes, with the pan, burner and app using constant Bluetooth-based communication to automatically adjust the temperature. The app’s video guide even provides tips for proper precision cooking. More of a griller? Here are 25 grilling tools you need.
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Health at your fingertips has become a major trend, from the Fitbit to a plethora of fitness apps. QardioBase 2 is a game changer, using technology to track fat, BMI, water, muscle mass, bone composition and pregnancy, sharing the information with a smartphone app for easy access. If you’re all about staying healthy at home, check out these home gym ideas.
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iSmartAlarm iCamera Keep Pro
This home automation device is full of features, making it much more than a camera. It has the noteworthy 1080p image sensor, motion and sound detection, mechanical pan and tilt, time-lapse, triggered video recording and motion-tracking that allows the camera to follow someone around the room. Talk about a smart camera! If you purchase a surveillance camera, here’s how to install it outdoors.
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Wink Hub 2
This home automation hub is compatible with the Z-Wave, Zigbee, Lutron Clear Connect, Kidde, Bluetooth and WiFi. The product allows your smart products from different brands to seamlessly be controlled through the Wink app. You can do such things as see who’s at the door and unlock it from anywhere, trigger your lights to automatically turn on, receive alerts to keep you informed about what’s going on in your home, and more. If you love tech, check out these smart gadgets for your home.
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Ever wanted a robot? Now’s your chance! This IoT device is a small mobile robot that features a microphone, hands-free command features, camera, speakers and mapping sensors. Kuri can help you access the web, audio books, music subscriptions and even take pictures, whether that’s for a family photo or of an intruder. You can reserve your Kuri now.
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SimpliSafe Home Security System
The Haven 2018 is the newest, third-generation version of the SimpliSafe Home Security System. This home protection system is designed to prepare for worst-case scenarios. Features include twin cellular and WiFi connections working in unison, monitoring such things as a disabled phone line or downed WiFi. When a power outage occurs, the base station’s backup battery powers up for up to 24 hours. If an intruder destroys the base station, siren or keypad, the SmashSafe technology makes sure that the home’s alarm signal still reaches the authorities. Check out these affordable ways to theft-proof your home.
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Traeger Timberline 1300
This is the grill of all grills! If you’re a BBQ master, it’s time to up your game with the Timberline 1300, which features WiFi, so you can control cooking temperatures, set timers and access a huge database of recipes using your mobile device and the app. Even more impressive is the smoke delivery system that ensures food is properly smoked and perfectly cooked. Whether you want the Traeger or something more affordable, here is what to consider when buying a smoker.
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EcoVacs DEEBOT OZMO 930
This robotic creation from EcoVacs is your answer to hands-off cleaning, whether it’s vacuuming or mopping. It’s a great option for everyday cleaning without having to get up from the couch, as you can turn it on right from the app on your phone. The app also allows you to schedule cleaning cycles and create maps to avoid certain areas and focus on others. If you’re considering purchasing a robot vacuum, here’s what you need to know.
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This home security camera is a video doorbell that allows you to see and speak with the person outside. The most notable features include the topnotch video quality at 1080p with color night vision, and the capability of capturing footage for several seconds prior to a triggered event. The Ring Video Doorbell is another popular option you might want to check out.
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