Home automation is almost unavoidable with the advances in technology today. While you may be happy with your eco friendly washing machine and remote control garage door, you may be missing out on some amazing products that can make everyday tasks a breeze. Let’s take a look at the leading home automation devices on the market.
You have likely heard of the Amazon Echo as it’s a highly popular home automation and entertainment product. Easy set-up is one of the main features of the Amazon Echo range. The Echo’s voice-controlled “personal assistant” Alexa allows you to automate a number of compatible devices in your home. You can benefit from the original Amazon Echo or choose additional features available from the Echo Smart Talk Alarm, Echo Show (a small TV you can take anywhere), the Echo Auto for automation when driving, and much more.
If you aren’t sure which devices connect to your Amazon Echo, don’t worry. An easy set-up is possible with built-in Alexa commands, including “Alexa, find my devices.” The echo range is always improving and the company is finding ways to increase accessibility for users.
Google Home Hub
Google Home Hub is marketed as a home automation device. Voice-commands control Google Assistant, which is a feature that can access a number of resources. If you want easy to absorb weather reports, your to-do lists, or music and video playlists, Google Hub and Assistant are excellent product features.
The real value of Google Home Hub comes from the automation features. The device connects to other compatible smart devices, giving you control and automation whether at home or elsewhere. Take control of security, lighting and much more. You will find the Google Home Hub interface easy to use, with voice-command always on hand to make controlling your home devices convenient.
Wink Hub 2
Although the Wink Hub 2 is arguably not as well known as the Amazon Echo and Google Home Hub, do not discount this versatile device. You have the option of connecting wirelessly to your router or using an Ethernet cable for a wired connection. Once you are connected, download the Wink app. The app provides an interface from where you can command connected devices.
This device is truly geared towards home automation. The protocols used will allow you to command devices to perform specific actions, based on predetermined conditions. Are you often away from home and worried about burglaries? The Wink Hub 2 can be set to make the lights come on for a specific period of time when you are away. If you need a device that lets you access and change the settings on connected devices, Wink Hub 2 is a convenient control centre in your pocket.
Accessed through a mobile app, Samsung SmartThings does what it says on the tin. You can purchase additional devices such as motion sensor smart buttons. For the security minded homeowner in South Australia. You won’t have any problems connecting to the majority of third-party devices. You also get a lot of backup with the Samsung SmartThings. If a power failure should ever occur, the device has a built-in battery saving option to keep the security system running.
There is one notable issue with the SmartThings device. Some users may have problems operating the interface. However, there is the option to set-up voice commands. If you want to control multimedia devices, setting up access is possible with the Samsung SmartThings.
The technology world evolves fast. When you are purchasing home automation devices, choose products that are designed for future compatibility. Receiving new features and access is better than having to purchase an upgrade every time a new product comes out.