1Going Smart: The Best Smart Devices for the Home
In the technology world, “smart home” has ceased being a buzzword and is now big business for companies. Meanwhile, consumers are finding an increasing number of products are going “smart,” offering far more convenience than “dumb” products that can’t connect to each other or the internet. Smaller companies popularized the smart home, and now larger firms, including Apple and Amazon, have joined the space in hopes of expanding the industry with products such as the HomePod and Echo. Google is also in the mix, and as time goes on even more companies are expected to join. But for some folks, deciding which products—both new and upcoming—to try can be difficult. So, eWEEK has compiled the following smart-home guide to help them out.
2The New Amazon Dash Wand
3Go Visual With Amazon Echo Show
The Amazon Echo Show expands on the original Echo with a touch screen that, in addition to Amazon Alexa support, provides contextual information about the smart home. The device can be used to control the smart home and can even act as a video-conferencing tool for corporate users. It’ll cost $230 at its launch June 29.
4Apple’s Anticipated HomePod
Apple’s first hardware foray into the smart-home market will be the HomePod. The device is part speaker, part smart-home hub and is powered by Apple’s Siri. It is expected to work with smart-home devices that are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit platform. It will cost $349 when it launches in December.
5Google Home Gets Into the Mix
6A Smart Thermostat From Nest
7The Updated Ring Doorbell
8Another Smart Thermostat From Ecobee
Ecobee 4 is another smart thermostat that, in addition to learning user habits, comes with Amazon Alexa support, so users can tell the thermostat what settings they’d prefer. It also has a mobile sensor that monitors temperatures in critical areas around the house. The Ecobee 4 is available for $249.
9Chamberlain’s Smart Garage Door Opener
10Kwikset Keeps the Home Safe
11A Smart Bed From SleepNumber
SleepNumber built its brand by enabling users to set their own desired mattress firmness. The company has added a smart feature called SleepIQ, which connects to a smartphone app that analyzes user sleep and optimizes the mattress’ settings to deliver the best rest. It’s a $200 option to SleepNumber mattresses.