When it comes to gadgets, we’re no longer easily impressed. Whereas once upon a time, a Nokia mobile phone with the highly pixelated game “Snake” on it was the height of technology, we’ve come such a long way since then that now we turn a blind eye to even the most sophisticated of items available on the technological market. One of the newest and most up and coming gadget trends, are home gadgets that we can install inside our houses in order to improve and ease our quality of living. If you’re not clued up on this sort of thing, it can be difficult to know what you’re buying, so here are some of the best home gadgets that are available to you, on the market, right now.
The Second Generation Amazon Echo
Chances are we’ve all heard about the Amazon Echo, and its trusty sidekick Alexa? Well if not, first of all, where have you been hiding? Second of all, it’s a voice control device that allows you to readily command aspects of your home technology, simply by asking “Alexa” to do said task. Simple enough, right? Believe it or not, a lot of people are actually hesitant about using voice technology, because of paranoia and propaganda spread that it’s a government tool used to listen in to our conversations – but this is highly unlikely. Really the government are hardly going to be interested in how often you ask Alexa to play Dancing Queen by Abba for you while you’re cleaning the house, are they?
The second generation Echo is not only smaller than its older sibling, but also boasts a more attractive appearance and goes for a lesser price too. It does all of the same things as the first generation Echo, and you can even do your online shopping on it using voice control alone! Plus, it’s a speaker. With its multi-use system, easy function and smaller form, it’s no wonder that the Amazon Echo reigns supreme in the category of voice recognition gadgets to this day.
The Fifth Generation Ecobee
The fifth generation Ecobee, similarly to the aforementioned second generation Echo still has all of the previously loved components of its older sibling, just with some added extras. The Ecobee is the best smart thermostat available on the market right now, and not only that, but it’s fully compatible with Alexa too – talk about two birds, one stone! It’s easy to use, acts secondarily as a speaker, and has a built in sensor to help make sure that all of the rooms in its home property are the correct temperature. Pretty cool.
When you sit back and think about it, temperature is one of the most important elements when it comes to keeping us comfortable in the home, so if we’re going to spend money making our home smarter in some capacity, it makes sense for this to be it. In this review of Purple Bricks, you’ll see that a lot of people look to buy and sell their homes using online estate agents, and this is only growing in popularity as time goes on. Imagine you were selling your house online – how much more appealing would it be to the average consumer if it had a readily installed smart thermostat? The answer is, very. Sometimes it’s worth thinking ahead when making your gadget investments.
The Arlo Q
When it comes to keeping our homes safe, we can all agree that it’s of upmost importance. Smart home security technology has revolutionised the ways in which we can keep our homes safe, even when we’re not there, and one of the best devices on the market is without a doubt, the Arlo Q. It has video, a built in motion detector, and you can link it up to your mobile phone with ease using the app. This means no matter where you are in the world, you’ll be able to keep a literal eye on your home, using your smartphone. When you think about it like that, it’s pretty amazing.
The Nest Hello
Are you a person who is reluctant to answer your door unless you know who it is? Then this product might be the answer for you! Last of all, the Nest Hello allows you to view who is approaching your door without you even having to communicate with them, and can even learn to recognise faces and alert you who it is visiting. With gadgets like this, the home has simply never been a safer place!
We reviewed many home security systems out there on the market as of August 2019, and created an easy list to assist you decide on the simplest home security system for you and your home.