Upgrade your smart house setup with some of the cool new IoT gadgets being introduced today. If you’ve had your wired lights, doorbells, and thermostats connected to your computer for some time now, you may think you know everything there is to know about integrating new technology into your home. Fortunately, most of these new smart home gadgets that you have to see to work well with popular home systems of all kinds and with popular voice assistants as well. You’ll need an idea of what works best with your home setup before you can make a purchase; here are some examples of what’s hot and what’s not.
The Amazon Echo
One of the cool new gadgets you should look into is the Amazon Echo, which is a voice assistant that you plug into the wall behind your TV. It’ll allow you to search for things you want to buy without actually opening your screen and going through the menus of applications. You can ask Alexa search for “peppers” or “hot dogs,” or even to ask it to play a particular song. You can set this up to search only in the US or in any other country you wish, so if you don’t live in the United States or Canada, you won’t be missing out on any great new smart home gadgets.
Another great addition to smart house gadgets that you may have been overlooking is the touchless doorbell. Some touches doorbells work using infrared, which means you don’t have to touch anything to open them, and they come in a variety of styles from stylish models to more industrial designs. If you install an actual push button lock, you’ll be able to completely eliminate the need for keys, meaning you’ll never have to worry about losing or breaking a key again (and hopefully someone else will be unable to steal it from you in the process). When you’re looking for the perfect touches doorbell, however, there are a few features you should definitely be on the lookout for. Look for:
Things You Should Look
The first thing you should look for is whether the touchless doorbell you’re looking at works with all of the new gadgets you buy. For example, if you buy a smart light sensor, does it use Ziglar’s ZL Sensor technology to detect when a person or animal comes into the area? If it doesn’t, then you’re probably best off replacing it with one of the other types of devices mentioned here, unless it’s a built-in feature in your home security system. Otherwise, you’ll be wasting your money.
New Smart Home Gadgets Can Work With Any Old Security Cameras
Next, you should make sure that any new smart home gadgets will work with any old security cameras you already have. This might not seem important, but it can be. Security cameras and other security gadgets can have cables running through their bodies, but they can also be completely wireless. This makes them easier to install than a hard-wired camera, but it means that you have to have a way to hook them up to your security system. You also have to be careful about putting them near enough to an active alarm to make them effective, as well. Otherwise, all of your hard work will have been for nothing.
One final example of one of the huge innovations in popular consumer technology markets is the new high definition video camera. While this may seem like a relatively silly item, it actually has several different benefits that make it a huge consumer buy. First of all, HD video cameras have very high picture quality, especially if they are using digital cameras. They also have much better battery lives, because they don’t need to constantly run on electricity. Plus, HD cameras usually have very clear lenses, so they are very easy to use even if they’re not controlled by a computer.