What if all the devices that you use could connect to the internet? From computers, smartphones to clocks, speakers, lights, cameras, windows, doors, stovetop, heater, air conditioning, and everything else. Moreover, what if you could operate and send commands to all these devices via the internet? Would not that be great? These are not taken from science-based fiction movies or books; this is what is called IoT i.e. Internet of Things. It is the new generation or science of automation and one of the key components of smart homes and home automation systems.
Home automation is the ability to control common household items via the internet like closing doors, turning off lights, advanced surveillance cameras, etc. Companies are launching new smart home products now and these products are getting access to mass markets now. The key role in the accessibility of these products is somewhat played by corporations like Google, Amazon, Ikea, Philips Hue, etc.
- Brava Oven:
Brava Oven is a form of connected countertop oven. It is one of the most expensive and advanced smart kitchen appliances that we have tested. It can cook food in more than 10 different ways like bake, broil, sear, grill, reheat, etc. It comes with lots of automatic cooking pre-sets. It also comes with built-in cameras, which allow you to watch your food on your smartphone device while it cooks.
- iRobot Braava Jet m6:
If you have mostly hardwood floors or tiles in your home then, robot mops are good for you as compared to robot vacuums. iRobot’s latest model Braava Jet m6 is one of the best robot mops. It has a long battery life and the ability to cover around 1,000 square feet of space in one session. It is suitable for both apartments and large homes. Apart from mopping, it can also sweep. It can detect carpets, rugs and map out your space so, you can command it to go to specific rooms too.
- Arlo Ultra Security Cameras:
Arlo Ultra has raised the bar for all outdoor security cameras. It streams and records videos in true 4K format and Ultra High Definition (UHD). It is loaded with cool features like motion tracking sensors, automatic zooming, colour night vision, 180-degree field of view, one click-911 connectivity, and integrated spotlight and siren. It is also wireless and easy to install.
- Amazon Echo Family:
It is a Bluetooth speaker powered by Alexa, which is Amazon’s handy voice assistant. It works with several smart home devices directly, as well as with IFTTT to control plenty of others too.
- Echo Flex:
It is a modular smart speaker, which is powered by Alexa. It has a USB port for adding a wide range of modules like motion sensors, night-lights, etc. It is also a great gadget to operate Alexa from the nooks of your house that do not merit a whole speaker, but where it might be nice to have quick access to setting timers, etc.
- Wyze Bulb:
It is an affordable smart home device is controlled by Amazon Alexa. It can connect directly to a Wi-Fi network and no smart home hub is required. These bulbs also work efficiently with Amazon’s smart home ecosystem.
- Wyze Smart Locks:
These smart locks are affordable. They are powered by Alexa and Google Home. Just like Wyze smart bulbs, these also do not require a smart home hub. You just need a Wi-Fi connection to operate them.