THE LATEST NEWS IN HOME AUTOMATION & SMART HOMES
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A smart home normally contains a few key items these include wifi controlled lights, like Philips Hue. Wifi controlled lights allow you to turn the lights on and off and depending on the type you choose you can also dim, change colour and even flash in time to your music, great for parties!
Another great element of smart homes is the added security and safety, one way this can be achieved is by using smart smoke detectors. These work in the same way as a ‘dumb’ smoke detector however they have the added functionality of an app that can alert you in you are not home, great if you have pets and want to keep an eye on your house. Some smart smoke alarms, for example Nest Protect, have added functionality like voice guidance that talks to you rather than just beeping annoyingly.
The other important element for security is smart home cameras. Smart Home Cameras boast exciting features like human detection with some even being able to learn faces and tell if it is an intruder on the normal cleaner.
Other tech makes your life easier, for example smart doorbells like Ring video doorbell – allowing you to answer the door from where ever you are and asking the delivery man to leave it in a safe place of with a neighbour.
The downside of having all this smart home tech is each requires their own app and often setup, this headache can be resolved with a home automation hub. A hub normally has one interface and allows all your tech to talk to each other allowing routines and automation, for example Good Night to turn everything off and close the blinds.