You may hear a lot of this phrase in 2016, Internet of Things (IoT) or Internet of Everything (IoE). IoT refers to a system consisted of all the web- enabled devices that collect, send and act on data they acquire from their surrounding environments using embedded sensors, processors and communication hardware. These devices, often called “connected” or “smart” devices, can sometimes talk to other related devices, a process called machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, and act on the information they get from one another.
Have you ever imagined what will happen if we install Internet of Things devices for our home? When you drive to home and near your house, the gate of garage will be opened automatically. If it is cold inside the house, air conditioner will be opened and starts to pre-heat your room. When you step into a dark room, light turns on itself. And turns off when you leave. Your refrigerator knows what the Things are inside and informs you when there are somethings you need to purchase. All Things in your house can communicate with each other and build a comfort living condition. And you can control them remotely through your phone. For realizing your imagination, I would like to introduce 5 best Internet of Things devices for home to you.
5 Best Internet of Things (IoT) devices for home
#1 Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo is a voice-activated smart home speaker. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more. All you have to do is ask a question or give a command. Echo can hear you anywhere in the room and fill the room with immersive, 360 degree omnidirectional audio. It can answer your questions, read audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules. It can control lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung Smart things, Wink, Insteon, Nest, and ecobee smart home devices. You can even reorder from your shopping history by asking Alexa. It can play music from Pandora, Tuneln, iHeatRadido and more by voice command. You can even ask it to tell a joke.
#2 Philips Hue
Philips is the undisputed leader in smart home lighting – lights that you can control over Wi-Fi and support multiple colors. It has the largest range of bulbs and lighting options, and it’s supported by a huge number range of apps, services and developers. It is necessary to buy a ‘bridge’ to connect light bulbs and control them. The apps for controlling Philips Hue allows your to create schedules for when lights come on, create and adapt ‘scenes’ and control light your lights individually or collectively. For example, your main option for creating new lighting schemes is to pick colors from a color spectrum, or use photos as inspiration. In each case, you drag and drop pins to control what color you want to use. Waking up to the ‘Energise’ lighting scene helps you get up and go in the morning, and it’s nice to match your lighting to fit your mood.
#3 Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat comes with an installation workaround in case your system doesn’t have a C wire, as well as a remote sensor that extends its temperature-and-motion-sensing range. The remote sensor is a handy extra that comes with the Ecobee3. It essentially acts as a standalone ambient indoor temperature monitor you can put in another room. It Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control. intuitively understands when to turn on your heating or cooling equipment based on your home’s unique energy profile, the weather outside, and thousands of other data points to make sure you’re comfortable at all times. It can senses whether anyone’s home and which rooms are occupied, delivering comfort when you’re at home and saving you energy and money when you’re not. Ecobee saves homeowners an average of 23% annually.
#4 Abode Connected Home Security & Automation Starter Kit
Abode Connected Home Security is the first professional-grade, self-installable total home security solution with no contracts. The optional abode 720p streaming camera, integrates directly to the abode gateway to capture events as they happen. It is future proof with software upgrades and supports most smart home gear with ZigBee and Z-Wave radios, plus its own abodeRF for the company’s own devices. If you are going away on holiday and have no one else to check you can take 3-day, 7-day, or monthly plans for the company to monitor any alerts. The battery backup and cellular backup, plus full encryption mean that you will still be protected and get alerts if the power or Internet goes out.
#5 Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
The Nest Protect is a ‘smart’ smoke alarm. The Nest Protect comes in two versions, wired or battery operated. Connect Nest Protect to Wi-Fi and it will send an alert to your phone if the alarm goes off or the batteries run low, so you can know from anywhere. It speaks up to tell you if there’s smoke or CO and where the problem is. Nest Protect is the first alarm you can hush from your phone. Get a friendly voice alert so you can handle burning toast before it becomes a burning toaster. If there is no fire emergency, you can close the alarm through your phone. At night, it can also light your way.
More and more IoT devices will come into market in future. It’s no longer a dream to enjoy a world with Internet of everything.