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What Is Smart Home Technology?

What if all the devices in your life could connect to the internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, door bells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, cooking utensils, you name it. And what if those devices could all communicate, send you information, and take your commands? It's not science fiction; it's the Internet of Things (IoT), and it's a key component of home automation and smart homes.

Smart Home Hubs and Controllers

Smart devices are electronic devices equipped with wireless protocols that allow them to be controlled and activated by voice command, or more commonly, through mobile app technology that can be accessed through a smartphone or tablet.

Smart Home Surveillance Cameras

Wouldn't it be great to know what's happening at home, anytime, from anywhere? It's easy to do with a smart video camera. Just take out your phone, open your app, and you have an instant view of activity inside or outside your home.

Smart Locks and Home Security Systems

While lock technology has always evolved, only recently did it become smart enough to ditch those keys altogether. Thanks to smart home security technology, we can now enjoy keyless convenience with better awareness and control of who enters our homes.

Smart Heating and Cooling

Smart temperature-control devices — such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures — are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes.

Smart Lighting

When we talk about a smart light bulb, we’re referring to an internet-capable LED light bulb that allows lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely using a smart phone, tablet, or smart home automation system via an app. The app enables you to change the brightness of the bulbs, and if the bulbs have colored LEDs you can change their colors, too.

Smart Home Show

13 December 2019

Host Michael Wolf as he explores the smart home universe. The Smart Home Show features interviews with smart home leaders, analysis of the latest smart home news and even the occasional Q&A and product review.

Business & Home Security Installations

13 December 2019

Advanced Digital Security System Installations

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The wireless smart lock is installed on a yellow door.Easy to install, the Wyze Lock Wireless Smart Lock will have you managing your front door in no time. Once it’s set up and connected with the Wyze app, you can remotely unlock and lock your door from anywhere with..

Price: $169
The all-in-one home security camera is on a counter with a bowl of green apples behind it.Don’t mess around with multiple gadgets when the Canary Pro All-in-One Home Security Camera can do it all. Not only can this home security device detect unusual activity, but it also won’t alert you about normal movements. What’s great is..

Price: $15.99
The smart Bluetooth light is on a table and emitting yellow light.With the PLAYBULB Candle Pro Smart Bluetooth Light, you can have the benefit of a candle without the fire hazard. This compact smart light gives you access to nearly 17 million color choices through its app. You can set the..

Price: $99
One of the wired and battery powered cameras is mounted on an exterior wall.Add security with the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired & Battery-Powered Cameras. These two cameras—one has a wired connection and one uses batteries—each record super clear 1080p HD video. Offering two-way audio and spotlights, they provide watchful protection. The Ring Spotlight..

Price: $199.99
A delivery person is putting a box in the package locker.No matter where you live, you’re at risk of having your packages stolen. Prevent that from happening with the Clevermade LockBox Package Locker. The delivery person puts your package inside the LockBox so it’s safe until you have a chance..

Price: $399
Alea Air Temperature Management SystemFinally, you can enjoy the same warmth in your whole home with the Alea Air Temperature Management System. Or if you prefer to have one room a little warmer and cozier than the others, you can do that too. That’s..

Price: $49.98
The intelligent indoor camera is on a table.The blurams Home Pro Intelligent Indoor Camera is a smart addition to your home security setup. Using AI facial recognition technology, this indoor cam knows who belongs and who doesn’t. Thanks to this feature, your smart indoor camera won’t notify..

Price: $199.99
The outdoor security camera is installed on an outer wall.Always have an eye on your home with the Hive View Outdoor Security Camera. Even when you aren’t there, this home security camera notifies you of anything unusual going on. It’ll send a message right to your connected device to..

Price: $61
Helios Touch Evolution Touch-Sensitive Wall LightingDesign your ideal lighting however you want with the Helios Touch Evolution Touch-Sensitive Wall Lighting. Coming in sets of five light panels, these LED lights are unlike any other light you have in your home. Each panel is touch-sensitive, meaning..

Price: $99
Have you ever worried that you’ve left the oven on after you were done cooking? With the SafeOven Smart Oven Sensor, you’ll never have to worry again. This smart kitchen sensor can detect if your electric kitchen range or commercial..

Price: $649
Makr Mirror Customizable Smart MirrorAdd some automation to your every morning with the Makr Mirror Customizable Smart Mirror. Featuring a plug-and-play design out of the box, this mirror connects via Wi-Fi to deliver notifications, calendar alerts, sports updates, the weather, and more. Makr Mirror..

Price: $249
The intelligent thermostat facing forward with gold fabric around itThe ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control Intelligent Thermostat responds to a variety of voice assistants. This is convenient because whether you use Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, this home thermostat will listen. An intelligent addition to your smart home, this..

Price: $3199
The personal robot platform is a small, cute robot looking at the camera.The Misty II Personal Robot Platform is much more than a cute companion. This intelligent robot is super clever, and it even expresses emotion. With a simple nod of the head, widening of the eyes, or sigh, Misty II conveys..

Price: $25
Add an extra bit of convenience to your doors with the Bright Lock High-Tech Illuminated Doorknob. Loaded with convenient functionality, this smart doorknob is all about customization. Bright Lock was developed as a solution to help you navigate to the..

Price: $129.99
Smart Wi-Fi thermostat on a wallKeep tabs on your energy bill with the Momentum Meri Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat. Once you connect your smartphone to the app, you get remote access to your home’s temperature. Wherever you are, you’ll be able to set specific time frames..

Price: $149.99
Finger pressing the Arlo Video DoorbellYou’ll see anything and everything that’s at your front door with the Arlo HD Video Doorbell. Because it has a 180-degree viewing angle, the camera ensures you see an entire person or if you’ve received a package. And because it..

Price: $49
The new Nest Mini Smart Speaker has the same iconic design it’s known for. But, otherwise, it’s updated. In fact, it now has a wall mount. That might not sound like much, but it lets you put this smart speaker..

Price: $499
The Ring Elite Video-Monitoring Doorbell provides reliable security thanks to its power source. Drawing energy from Ethernet, Ring Elite has a hardwired power source, which can be more enduring than a battery. While batteries can drain and die, this reliable..

Price: $99
The automatic timer lock on a doorYou don’t even need a smartphone to use the SimpliSafe Smart Automatic Timer Lock. This automatic lock makes sure your door is always securely deadbolted, even if you forget. You can set an automatic timer that always locks and unlocks..

Price: $59.99
Ring Indoor Cam Compact Plug-In CameraOnce you connect your smartphone or tablet to the app, you can check up on the Ring Indoor Cam Compact Plug-In Camera. It doesn’t matter if you’re across the globe, you can know what’s going on at your front door...

Price: $79
Fridge Eye Smart Refrigerator CameraTransform your ordinary fridge into a smart fridge with the Fridge Eye Smart Refrigerator Camera. Working with any and every refrigerator on the market, it easily installs right inside your fridge. Fridge Eye gives you a real-time view of the..

Price: $99.99
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery HD Security CameraThe Ring Stick Up Cam Battery HD Security Camera lets you see what’s going on around your home at any time. When you connect this indoor security camera to the Ring app on your device, you can view real-time footage...

Price: $4999
NordicTrack X32i Smart HD Touchscreen TreadmillHere’s the best excuse not to go to the gym: you have a gym at home. And the NordicTrack X32i Smart HD Touchscreen Treadmill is more than a simple piece of exercise equipment. With an interactive training touchscreen, this treadmill..

Price: $69.99
YI Home Camera 3 AI Security SetupWith multiple built-in smart features, the YI Home Camera 3 AI Security Setup does a great job of detecting potential issues. Using AI to detect movement and people, this security camera alerts you to potential problems. And you’re able to..

Price: $119
ROCKUBOT Mite Bacteria Eliminating RobotMake sure your home is as clean as possible with the ROCKUBOT Mite & Bacteria-Eliminating Robot. Compact yet mighty, this device cleans the stuff your eyes can’t see. Using UV-C light and ultrasonic waves, ROCKUBOT eliminates mites and bacteria with..

Price: $149
Facebook Portal TV Smart Video Chatting DeviceThe Facebook Portal TV Smart Video Chatting Device makes it easy to hang out with your family and friends even when they’re across the globe. Once you connect this device to your television, your loved ones won’t feel so far..

Price: $26
greensens Smart Houseplant SensorsUnderstand your plants like never before with the greensens Smart Houseplant Sensors. Designed to be the green thumb you never had, these clever little sensors slide right into the plant pot. Looking just like a stylish plant tag, each greensens..

Price: $49
With the Teptron MOVE 2 Smart Motorized Blinds, you can make almost any regular window shade become a smart shade. The MOVE 2 plugs into your wall outlet to control any blinds or shades that have a bead chain. This..

Price: $299
When you install the Phyn Smart Water Assistant, you add a layer of protection to your whole home. This DIY water monitor is able to detect leaks at any location in your house. And once this smart water monitor detects..

Price: $49.95
Eve Extend Bluetooth Range ExtenderWith the Eve Extend Bluetooth Range Extender, your smart home devices can be located anywhere on your property. This device lets you connect up to eight Eve products using Bluetooth. Furthermore, with this Bluetooth range extender, you’re able to use..

Price: $399.99
anby Parcel Guard Secure Smart MailboxEven with all the convenience online shopping offers, it can still make you nervous to have packages delivered when you’re not home. Thankfully, the Danby Parcel Guard Secure Smart Mailbox helps ease your worries. This online delivery mailbox has a..

Price: $399.95
Highlight your love for art in digital form with the new Netgear Meural Canvas II Digital Frame. Coming in two sizes and four colors, this frame makes art more digital-friendly in a whole new way. At any point in time,..

Price: $129
The Lenovo Smart Display 7 Google Assistant Hub does just what it says on the label. It’s a smart display with Google Assistant built-in, giving you full access to anything you could need. Putting the 7-inch touchscreen display on top,..

Price: $TBA
Offering intelligent monitoring to your home with the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell. This wired system is complete with an intelligent camera to give you full access to your front door from anywhere. Compatible with Apple’s Homekit, the camera captures 160°..

Price: $TBA
Herbitat Smart Hydroponic Indoor GardenEasily grow your own fresh, delicious, and nutritious produce at home with the Herbitat Smart Hydroponic Indoor Garden. Featuring a soilless NFT grow system, this smart home garden maximizes plant growth while creating zero mess. As a result, it’s exceptionally..

Price: $189
Have more security and easier access into your home with the Reagle Smart Deadbolt Lock. Offering totally keyless access, you can use your smartphone to unlock this deadbolt. In fact, you can also use a smart assistant using just your..

Price: $1244
Big Ass Fans Haiku Smart Ceiling FanBecause the Big Ass Fans Haiku Smart Ceiling Fan has a built-in thermostat, it knows when to turn itself off and on. Using the Haiku Home app, you can set your preferences. This will tell your smart fan when it..

Price: $280
Limodo Window Wizard Smart Window Cleaning RobotLeave the elbow grease to the Limodo Window Wizard Smart Window Cleaning Robot. This clever robot uses a powerful suction system to attach to your glass windows and doors. Armed with smart sensors, the Window Wizard works effortlessly to scrub..

Price: $69
Aria Modern Home Affordable Smart Home GadgetsIf you’re looking to create an intelligent home, look no further than the Aria Modern Home Affordable Smart Home Gadgets. Using Wi-Fi, this range of devices connects seamlessly to give you unprecedented control in your home. The beautiful all-white Aria..

Price: $129
Urbie Air 3-in-1 Advanced Indoor Air PurifierAchieve comfortable air in your home every day with the Urbie Air 3-in-1 Advanced Indoor Air Purifier. It works in three different ways to clean the air around you. First, it uses a plant and smart system to be an..

Price: $299.99
Sevenhugs Smart Remote X All-in-One ControllerThe Sevenhugs Smart Remote X All-in-One Controller combines your remote with your smart home hub. So instead of having two—or more—devices to control your TV, smart lights, doorbell, and other gadgets, you can stick with just one. With an easy-to-use..

Price: $99
Scout Video Doorbell Home AlarmWith a half-circle field of view, the Scout Video Doorbell Home Alarm shows you almost anything you’d need to see outside your door. Use this doorbell alarm at your front door with an analog or digital doorbell to keep watch..

Price: $99.99
Momentum Robbi 1080P Smart CameraWhen some cameras provide you with only a few hours of cloud storage, the Momentum Robbi 1080P Smart Camera gives you 24 hours of cloud video history. If you want to double check that the delivery person actually dropped off..

Price: $119.99
Bosma X1 Kit Wide Angle Security CameraWith the Bosma X1 Kit Wide Angle Security Camera, you won’t sacrifice your security at night. This home security camera not only provides high-quality night vision, but it also does so with color. So you can see just as clearly..

Price: $103
Alfred Smart Touchscreen Home DeadboltIf you often have guests, the Alfred Smart Touchscreen Home Deadbolt can help you keep everything safe. This smart home deadbolt stores up to 20 PINs, so you know exactly who comes and goes—and when. In lieu of a personal..

Price: $59.99
Satechi Dual Smart HomeKit OutletMake your home even smarter with the Satechi Dual Smart HomeKit Outlet. Featuring two outlets, this device integrates with your Apple HomeKit setup for an even smarter space. The Dual Smart Outlet works with your TV, coffee maker, lights, or..

Price: $119.95
Eve Smoke Connected Smoke DetectorThe Eve Smoke Connected Smoke Detector is a smart living gadget that will help you breathe a little easier. This smart smoke detector notices fires of all sizes, whether they’re just smoldering or are already flaming out of control. However,..

Price: $649.99
Roborock S6 Smart Robot Vacuum MopperThe Roborock S6 Smart Robot Vacuum Mopper may be even better than hiring a housekeeper. This robot vacuum uses adaptive routing technology to clean your home faster than ever. It maps your home and then plans the best routes to..

Price: $229
Evapolar evaSMART Smart Personal Air ConditionerThe Evapolar evaSMART Smart Personal Air Conditioner is more than just an air conditioner. This smart device also acts as a humidifier and purifier, effectively making the air in your home perfect for you. Because this smart air conditioner is..

Price: $67.66
Samsung SmartThings Hub Smart Home Automation ControllerWith the Samsung SmartThings Hub Smart Home Automation Controller, you can manage your smart devices from one central place. Because it is compatible with devices from more than 40 brands, this smart home hub lets you wirelessly control a range..

Home automation

Home automation or domotics is building automation for a home, called a smart home or smart house. ...
A home automation system will control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. ...
It may also include home security such as access control and alarm systems. ...
When connected with the Internet, home devices are an important constituent of the Internet of Things. ...
A home automation system typically connects controlled devices to a central hub or gateway. ...
The user interface for control of the system uses either wall-mounted terminals, tablet or desktop computers, a mobile phone application, or a Web interface, that may also be accessible off-site through the Internet. ...