2018 Smart Home Products That Simplify Your Life

Most people would have thought that by this time the world should be a bit more like what we saw in “Back To The Future” or “The Jetsons” with flying cars, robot nannies, self-drying jackets and the famous self-lacing Nike Shoes.

While we may not have these items right now, present day technology is not really that far behind.

Technology today is always improving to transform your everyday life in the office and your home to be simpler and more efficient. Whether you’re a stay at home mom or dad or have a small business to manage, there will be more smart products introduced for home and personal use today and in the very near future.

Below are some of 2018’s smartest products that could help simplify your life and improve your home business efficiency. It’s technology at its best!

1.  Smart Door Locks

These smart door locks can be controlled by an android or iOS smart device. Many traditional and startup door lock companies are actively presenting products in the market. Smart lock features can include:

  • Auto lock and auto unlock.
  • Create virtual keys for your family and guests using their smart devices.
  • Status checks when you or your family is away.
  • Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Voice commands.
  • Digital keys that can be used to time restrictions.

Smart locks add another wall of security to your house since it is a high tech feature that will put you at ease whenever you’re away.

Examples of smart door lock include August Smart Lock 3rd gen, Friday Smart Lock, Kwikset Kevo Konvert and Lockitron Bolt.

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2. Amazon Echo Spot

The Amazon echo Spot is a touchscreen voice assistant speaker. it can be an alarm clock, a video calling smart device, a digital assistant and a control hub for other smart devices like smart LED lights and smart locks. This can make your life easy because you will not need so many remote controls for the different smart devices that you may have and any action is just a voice command away.  

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3. The Belkin Wemo Mini Smart Plug

This mini smart plug connects to any electrical outlet and provides any devices plugged in “smart capabilities” by way of the free Wemo app. By using the Wemo app, you will be able to program any plugged in devices.  It enables smart lights to switch on and off at specific times or intervals. You can also program your coffee maker to brew you a pot of fresh coffee every morning. You will not have to worry about waking up in the morning to switch on the lights or brew coffee. Wemo will do that for you and make your morning more efficient.

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4. LG WK7 SMART THINQ SPEAKER

The LG WK7 Smart Thinq Speaker comes with Google assistant thus it provides the same voice-powered actions as Google Home. It’s not just a smart assistant, but it provides hi-resolution audio compatibility, Google Chromecast capabilities to stream music, video, browse web pages and photos. It also comes with LG propriety ThinQ AI, making it a central hub for controlling all smart LG devices.

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 5. Nest Cam IQ

The Nest Cam IQ is an affordable smart home camera. It can be installed anywhere in the house for added security whenever you’re away at work, school or on vacation. To use, just download the app and you will be able to track and watch in real time what’s happening inside your house using your smartphone or tablet.

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 6. TP-Link Smart LED Light Bulb

When you hear or think of TP-Link, you’d think of modems and wireless routers, but now they have introduced a smart LED light bulb. The smart light can be controlled using the free Kasa app that is compatible with Android and iOS devices.  The smart bulb can also be used with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant for any other programmable functions and can be controlled anywhere in the house. It can be dimmed without any manual switches, change colors to set the mood, some can even play music and help you sleep.

 

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7. Roomba Robot Vacuums

The Roomba robot vacuum is fully autonomous and smart. It can navigate the floor using sensors and Wi-fi without any need for human control. Unlike traditional vacuums that use bags, the Roomba uses an easy and ejectable dustbin to collect debris and dirt. although it is more expensive than a traditional vacuum cleaner, the Roomba will save you hours of work.

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8. Nokia Sleep

One of the best sleep trackers out in the market, Nokia Sleep is placed under your mattress and can record your sleep cycle, heart rate, snoring patterns and sleep quality. All the data collected is then synced to the sleep tracker’s health app. It can also function as your home automation device. You can control all you’re other smart items like your smart Led bulb, coffee maker and smart blinds when you get in bed.

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 9. Logitech Harmony Elite

If you’re not into digital voice assistants, this is your device. It’s a universal remote control that can control 15 home entertainment systems and other connected home devices. It has a full color touch screen to control channels, movies, volume and can store up to 50 of your favorite channels. It’s compatible with Amazon’s Alexa for easy voice activation and integration. It’s an all in one controller for your smart home.

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10. The Tile Mate

The Tile mate is your personal tracking device to help you find those important items. The Tile Mate has a hole in the corner so you can attach it to your keychain.

The back of the Tile Mate can also be attached to any device or any important item you own. Once attached, the Tile Mate sends its location to a free app installed on your smartphone or tablet. You can also command the Tile Mate to emit a ring to help you find the device.  No more lost keys, wallet or phone.

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Jon Capistrano

Jon is a researcher and writer, as well as avid scooterist and musician.

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