Internet Of Things – 3 Handy Home Automation Devices
We’re hearing the term ‘home automation’ mentioned more and more frequently recently, as more and more devices are being launched to help you control many different elements of your home. If you’ve not heard of the term before, home automation is a process whereby you use electronic devices in your home to control your electronic devices, appliances, and even to control household systems such as central heating and air conditioning.
These tools are easy to use, can improve the level of security in your home, and are affordable. Let us look at some of my favorite home automation devices that you can purchase and use in your home.
1.) Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt
The Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt is a device you can use to lock your door. However, it’s much more sophisticated than just a door lock. This device has a feature that can notice you when there is lock picking or forced entry in your home. You also have the power to see who is opening the door, and you can create specific codes remotely, using your smartphone.
With Camelot, you’ll have no need to worry about misplacing your key, as you can simply unlock your door by keying in the code into the keypad. It can store up to 30 different codes, and each code can be assigned to a different person. It costs $162, and is the ideal solution for adding safety and security to your doors, preventing strangers and unwanted guests from gaining access to your home.
2.) Philips Hue Connected Bulb Starter Kit
Being able to come home to a colored room after a busy day at work will help you relax and unwind. With the Philips Hue Connected Bulbs, you can do just that. The color of your house can be programmed to change immediately to the color of your choice you arrive home, when there is a Facebook notification, and advanced users can use this device to dig into IFTTT (If This, Then That), and link the lights to a ‘recipe’.
As an example, you could set the lights up so that if there is a price fluctuation of a stock, the lights will change color to notify you. Spend $199 on these lights, and you can customize them exactly the way you want.
You can have full control over these lights with an iOS or Android cell phone. Simply download the free Philips app, link your phone with the lights using Wi-Fi, and you’ll then have the ability to control them with your cell phone.
3.) Belkin WeMo Switch
Always wanted the power (excuse the pun!) to turn that corner lamp on and off, without even having to get up from your chair? This plug is for you. The WeMo Switch, manufactured by Belkin, allows you to remotely turn on or off any device you plug into it, and can be controlled via the free WeMo app for Android and iOS.
Whilst the basic on/off control via the app may be good enough for most users, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can even connect the plug to the popular ‘IFTTT’ (If This, Then That) app, giving you more control over the plug. Want the lamp connected to the plug to switch off once you’re a mile away from your home, and then switch on again once you’re within a mile’s radius? IFTTT can allow you to do this. If it was the summer, and you wanted a fan to turn on once the temperature reached a certain level, this would be possible too, thanks to IFTTT.
The Belkin WeMo Switch is a great way to have more control over the lights in your home, and all you need is a Wi-Fi connection and an Android or iOS device (cell phone or tablet), and you’re all set. Forget the traditional way of switching lights on and off. The Belkin WeMo is easy to use, and had a push-button light switch once you press it on, the lights will illuminate and it has a dark out and faint night light that appears when you switch it off.
The nice thing with this device is that it makes it easy to control fans, lights or any other switch-plate connected device by directly using your tablet. Thinking of going away for the weekend? Leave your home Wi-Fi connection on, and access the app wherever in the world you are via 3G/4G or Wi-Fi, giving you full control over your home.
By Adam Owen
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