As the IoT space continues to evolve, how can you get started in making your home smarter and safer? We compiled a list of some of our favorites here:
1. Sentri: A Smart Home Security Solution for Everyone
Sentri is a smart home security solution that integrates an HD wide angle camera, motion detector, and sensors that track temperature, humidity, and air quality levels in one compact and customizable LCD screen. Along with a free accompanying mobile app, stay informed with real-time alerts about what irregularities at home, whether it’s triggered by unexpected intrusion or a sudden change in temperature. Sentri also gives you the ability to view and control other smart devices from one central location.
Perfect for: Anyone who cares about home security. Someone who owns multiple smart devices OR someone who is just getting started.
Cost: Available on Kickstarter now starting at $249
2. Nest Learning Thermostat
Nest, the original learning thermostat, gives you control over your home’s temperature, no matter where you are. Like Sentri, Nest will learn your patterns over time and adjust the temperature accordingly — ensuring that you’re always in your ideal climate zone.
Perfect for: Homes where temperature regulation is key
Cost: $249 (pre-tax) from various retailers, including Amazon and Lowe’s
3. August Smart Lock
The August Smart Lock is the secure, simple, and social way to manage your home’s lock. Control who can enter and who can’t—without the need for keys or codes. And you can do it all from your smartphone or computer.
Perfect for: Vacation homes, rentals, premises which require multiple individual entry
Cost: Now taking pre-orders at $199
4. Hue: Personal Wireless Lighting
Philips hue is a personal wireless lighting solution that is customizable and programmable from your smartphone. Turn lights on and off remotely, and program how soft or hard you want the light to be.
Perfect for: Homes with many lights; setting light ambience with sound
Cost: $199 (pre-tax) from various retailers, including Apple and Amazon
5. WeMo Switch
The Belkin Wi-Fi enabled WeMo Switch lets you turn electronic devices on or off from anywhere. The WeMo Switch uses your existing home Wi-Fi network to provide wireless control of TVs, lamps, stereos, heaters, fans and more.
Perfect for: Controlling basic turn on/turn off functions of electronics
Cost: $49.99 (pre-tax) from the Belkin shop