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Smart home gadgets allow you to automate your home and manage many appliances, lighting and electrical work via smartphone or a smart speaker using voice commands. But, of course, you will need the right gear to make this happen.
The Gadget User team goes hands-on with the latest WIFI gadgets for home use and the coolest Alexa compatible devices available, among others. That’s home automation gadgets like smart dimmer switches and fan switches to give you control of these everyday items from the bed, couch and everywhere in between.
We’re also taking a closer look at the Ecobee SmartThermostat that adapts to your schedule and helps reduce air conditioner running costs.
There are many things that can be controlled in a smart home through voice commands or an application on your smartphone. An example would be controlling the brightness of your light bulb or the volume of your stereo through your smartphone. Devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home can control your television or what music is playing.
A great place to get started is with smart lighting. Just purchase smart light bulbs and download their corresponding application to take full control of them with your phone. Speakers like the Amazon Echo and the Google Home collection are a great starting point, as they can also connect to your lights and your voice commands connected to the speaker can also control your devices. Changing your power outlets to ones like the ConnectSense Smart Outlet is another way to make more items in your home smart operated, as you can control the outlet with your phone and voice commands to turn things on and off as well as monitor energy usage.
A smart home device is a gadget or accessory that connects to a hub (smartphone etc) and allows you to take full control of the device with your mobile phone, voice activation or another device. Examples include smart toilets, smart locks, google home devices and robot vacuums.