Note: We at Logical Increments have been curious about home automation technology for some time. This is a contributed article from Modernize. We do not endorse the products listed in this post because we have not used them, but we do find the future of home automation interesting and exciting, especially with the technology becoming more and more popular in recent years, as well as with companies like Crestron London bringing their expertise of home automation to our doorsteps.
From smartphone apps to bluetooth technology and sophisticated computer-compatible devices that can control a security camera system, home automation isn’t what it used to be. In fact, there are more options to choose from these days than there ever were before, and that can be a little overwhelming. We at Modernize selected 10 of the coolest home automation gadgets and apps available right now.
Pronto Smart Remote: The Pronto Smart Remote works with bluetooth and infrared technology to turn your smartphone into an intelligent app that replaces other gadgets. Over time, Pronto will begin to remember your watching habits.
Savant Pro App: Savant is an app compatible with just about any iOS device — and many Android devices — to make home automation as simple as possible. Savant can control lighting, thermostats, stereos, and anything else in the house from a single app.
Sunshine App: Sunshine aims to be the most precise of any weather app. It delivers personal weather forecasts to your exact location, instead of the general area. Just make sure you give it feedback because the more data it receives, the more accurate it will be.
Netatamo: The Netatamo has facial-recognition home security software that alerts you when your family members are home. It will alert you when it detects an unfamiliar face. It takes overprotective dads to a whole new level.
Nest Thermostat: Nest is the best in energy efficiency and sleek home automation gadgets. As you set the daily temperature for your home, Nest will memorize the times and temperatures throughout the day and night and intuitively change it for you. Unfortunately it won’t order a MERV 8 16x25x1 Filter for your AC when it needs replacing, still, we can’t expect everything.
Tile: Tile’s tiny sensor attaches to your keys or anything else you don’t want to lose. If you lose your keys, call the tile sensor and it rings. It also provides its location on a map. Just don’t lose your phone.
Ivee Voice: Ivee is a voice-activated device that syncs to all your wireless smart devices and acts as a main hub to connect and control your house, phones, electricity, and more. On top of that, it’s happy to read you an eBook.
Ring Zero: A smart device controller for your finger, Ring Zero control s any compatible device through Wi-Fi or infrared signals. Connect any smartphone, tablet, or appliance, and customize your gestures for each action.
Garage Beacon: This smartphone app replaces the garage door opener by sensing your arrival and opening the garage door when you pull into the driveway.
What cool home automation thingies did we miss? Tell us in the comments!