Integration is the basis of smart home technology. It’s about which device can connect to what, how they connect and what can be done to make these connections most efficient.
Here are some top smart home tech devices making the headlines in 2020.
Cameras are one thing, but if you are really concerned about security throughout your home, the SimpliSafe 3.0 kit is the best choice. It starts at $229 for the base station, a keypad, a motion sensor, and an opening/closing sensor.
It’s a start, but one that’s really exciting about SimpliSafe is that you choose from eight different sensors, from smoke to glass breakage to customize your system.
Philips Hue White LED
The Hue line has become known for its colour-changing lightbulbs, but most people can best start with their standard white light bulbs. For $70, you can purchase a set of two light bulbs and the Hue Hub. If you already have an Alexa or Google Assistant device, you can get the new Bluetooth version of the bulbs for $ 30 without the need for an additional hub.
Lockly Vision Smart Lock
Lockly is known for its smart high-tech locks incorporating advanced features such as fingerprint sensor technologies, a touchscreen keyboard that transfers additional security numbers, device control, voice control and temporary guest access codes.
The new Vision Smart Lock from Lockly has an integrated video doorbell so that you can watch videos from your veranda in real-time in the Lockly app and even save videos locally in the cloud.
You can also use the bidirectional conversation function to talk to your guests via the app, regardless of whether you are sitting on your couch or miles away from home. Lockly Vision has a suggested retail price of $399.
Aquifer Refine Water Purification And Leak Detection System
Aquifer Refine is a WiFi-connected system that is located under your sink and filters out contaminants such as lead, mercury and some medicines. In addition to water purification, it has a leak detection function that alerts you in the event of a possible leak with an alarm.
Because it’s Wi-Fi ready, you can get filter life notifications, and you can even connect it to Amazon Dash so that new filters are automatically sent to you. The Aquifer Refine system is retailed at about $600.
Kohler Touchless Toilets
Although Kohler has already tried this area, we CES toilet offering this year is a real beauty. This year’s toilets have a sensor for non-contact control, a handle and a colour-changing night light.
In the Kohler Konnect app you can change the night light colour and adjust the sensitivity of the sensor. So you can flush your toilet with just one hand movement without having to touch a toilet handle covered with germs.
Garage Smarts 101
If you already have a motorized garage door opener, also with a belt drive or chain drive, Garage Smarts 101 is a great option. Other favourite smart door garage openers include like Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub, Garadget, Alcidae Garager2, Nexx Garage etc.
Smart garage door controls are available in several variants. As a rule, a controller is attached to your existing opener with a double-sided adhesive strip. Engaging the services of a professional garage door company ensures your garage doors come equipped with these modern features.
Typically, they also include sensors that can be attached to your garage door. This sensor detects and transmits the position of your garage door so that the controller knows exactly whether the door is open, closed or somewhere in between.
Deciding which controller is the best smart garage door opener for you depends on what features you want the most and which smart home platforms you use in your home. Regardless of your needs, there is likely to be a smart garage door opener that will meet your needs.
Just 10 years ago, the idea of controlling light, thermostat and security at home from your smartphone was unfathomable. Fast forward and today we are entering the era of smart home technology. That means it is the beginning easier, more convenient living.