When the Iron Man first came out, it left us all in awe of the technology Tony Stark uses to build his suit. It is one of the most exciting movies in the Marvel universe. And one thing is for sure, we all have this desire to control our routine household errands through an Artificial Intelligence buddy like J.A.R.V.I.S from the film.
Well, we might not have created an AI partner like J.A.R.V.I.S but we are able to control, not just our smartphones and computers, but everything including lights, doorbells, speakers, windows, door, appliances, heaters, you name it! We are able to communicate with these devices and they take our commands.
I repeat, this is not science fiction; it’s the Internet of Things (IoT). It is a crucial component of smart homes and home automation.
Home Automation is exactly what it sounds like. You have the ability to control items around the house with the click of a button or voice command. This has made our life simpler and better. You just need Cox Internet to connect with these smart devices and everything will be at your bay.
We created a list of all the smart devices you must-have for your homes:
Digital Home Assistants
To be honest, digital assistants have come a long way. We have witnessed the revolution from the first IBM PC that could recognize a handful of words to Siri, the first digital assistant ever in a smartphone. Google and Amazon have also jumped in the bandwagon with their assistants. There are multiple options available to choose from. However, we recommend getting the Amazon Echo powered by Alexa.
Although, the Amazon Echo is a Bluetooth speaker it has tons of useful features. It is powered by Amazon’s handy voice assistant called Alexa and works directly with your smart home devices by the sound of your voice. This isn’t it. If you already have a speaker, you can connect Amazon Echo with its and Alexa’s functionality will be added. Furthermore, you can also get the Echo Show that comes with a touch screen and lets you rule the house by the touch of your finger.
Smart Home Surveillance Cameras
Homes are our most valuable possessions. You do not want any intruder to rob you out of your valuable possession when you are away for holidays. With Security cameras in place, you can keep an eye on things and this brings peace of mind. With Smart Cameras in the market, you can monitor everything from your cellphones or laptops and authorities can be alerted just in case there is a security breach.
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera
Gone are the days when you had to manually wire your security cameras with computers for surveillance. Arlo is the gold standard in the world of security cameras and Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight is their newest product. The Pro 3 is the first wireless camera and that is right: You can stick it on your doorway with no hassle of wiring.
It comes with 2k video with HDR, night vision, built-in alarm, 160-degree field of view and many other advanced features
Smart Cleaning Solutions
The core purpose of home automation is convenience. We can even get some help with the vacuuming instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a house cleaner.
iRobot has a superb variety of robot vacuums and their Roomba is legendary. These vacuums can be controlled from your smartphones. With Roomba, you get a 60 minutes battery life and it takes very little time to charge them once again to the dust cleaning business.
We waste a lot of electricity on heating or cooling empty rooms and by automating your thermostat you can save a fortune on your electricity bills.
Ecobee Smart Thermostat
The new Ecobee Smart Thermostat comes with the voice control feature and has a number of features to choose from. You get enhanced Alexa, multimedia support, and most importantly you can control the temperature of your house from your smartphones. The installation is quite easy and comes with a user-friendly app.
Philips Hue family gives you complete supremacy over the lights in your home. You get to control the color and intensity of light. Although it gets a bit pricey Hue ecosystem works with all other systems such as Alexa and Siri.