CES 2018: Smart Home Hubs & Accessories

CES 2018: Smart Home Hubs & Accessories

CES is the biggest consumer technology show that gathers tech companies from all around the world in Las Vegas, every January, to show off their latest efforts. So what’s there to look for in 2018 when it comes to smart home hubs & gateways?

The smart home sphere is still pretty far from using a single smart-home standard. With every new gadget in our home we’ve got to choose between Bluetooth LE, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, Zigbee, etc. So, it looks like smart home hubs are not going anywhere — they play an integral part in smart home building.

Though, there’s still a room for improvement. Let’s check what 2018’s got to offer!

WeMo HomeKit Bridge by Belkin

WeMo HomeKit Bridge by Belkin

Are you using WeMo products? Then we have good news for you — the WeMo HomeKit Bridge. It’s finally up for sale after the company announcement at CES 2018. The bridge connects all compatible WeMo gadgets and syncs them all up with Apple HomeKit. So now you can control your WeMo devices by asking Siri or by using the Apple Home app. What a great alternative to the untimely buggy WeMo app.

CES 2018: Smart Home Thermostats • Overview

CES 2018: Smart Home Thermostats Overview

Even though the smart home floor at CES was thoroughly wrapped around home security and wellness products, there are still a few smart home thermostats that were introduced for 2018.

The new thermostats come with dashing design solutions and remarkable voice control options. Is that enough to move Nest, ecobee, and Honeywell from the top of the mountain? Maybe not, however let’s take a closer look at the new thermostats to see what they have to offer.

Alarm.com Smart Thermostat

Alarm.com Smart Thermostat

Alarm.com announced a new thermostat that can help you maintain a healthy home environment. Besides energy-saving capabilities, the thermostat can detect if there’s something wrong with your HVAC system and notify you at the first sign of trouble.

How will it know about potential threads? The thermostat uses remote sensors to read the temperature and humidity levels. This way it’ll distribute the heat/cold evenly between the rooms while also alerting you about above-average humidity levels that could cause mold. It’ll also notify you about dangerously low winter temperatures that can often lead to frozen and burst water pipes.

The thermostat is sold as part of the Alarm.com smart home package of products, so it’ll use all the security sensors around the home to respond to different activities and conditions.

CES 2018: Smart Home Cameras • Overview

CES 2018: Smart Home Cameras Overview

After three days of wandering the Vegas desert, we’ve come back from CES with an idea of what’s cool in the smart home sphere.

The smart home camera market grows big with new, advanced solutions for smart home security. So, what’s trending in 2018? Simple motion detection is getting an upgrade to advanced human detection and facial recognition — cameras use AI to identify a person (Butterfleye) and even alert you when something doesn’t look or sound right (Cocoon).

New ecosystems are built to include sensors, sirens, smart locks, and doorbells to accompany smart cameras and create a unified security system.

It’s a turn from a wide-open platform where you can mix devices from different brands to a single vendor ecosystem with just a few exclusive partners to join in. These closed ecosystems potentially expose less vulnerabilities when it comes to security, though they also limit your choice to one particular product line.

What is Internet of Things and Why Your Privacy is at Threat

what is internet of things

Chances you’ve probably heard someone talking about the Internet of Things, but what exactly is it? Different people have different ideas when it comes to defining what it is, what it does, and what it means for us. So to keep you informed, we’ll try to answer all those questions in this article.

What is IoT?

The Internet of Things, or “IoT”, is a system of uniquely identified devices, objects, mechanical and digital machines that can transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human, or human-to-computer, interaction.

We use IoT devices in our everyday life: things like smartphones, Apple Watches, Fitbits, smart thermostats, locks, cameras — the list can go on and on. And in the near future, almost anything you can think of will be able to be transformed into an IoT device. Seriously. All you’ll need is to assign a unique IP address to a new device and provide it with the ability to transfer data over a network. That’s of course a simplified version of the actual process. And it probably requires more work and knowledge than your standard weekend project, but basically, any natural or man-made object can be turned into an IoT thing.

Lutron Caséta Wireless and Nest • What’s the Synergy?

Lutron Caseta Wireless and Nest

Lutron Caséta Wireless and Nest are fully compatible now. Caséta Wireless has been connecting with the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke detector for a while now. And finally, to complete the whole family, early this year Lutron added in Nest Cam support. All this smart home devices are working seamlessly together to bring the convenience of a connected home to your fingertips.
Whether you’re home or away, you’ll be able to control all your Nest devices via the Lutron App. Your smart home will always meet you with a comfortable temperature and lighting level.

Smart Products for Outside Your Home

Today, we’ll talk about smart products for outside your home. Every day more and more people are looking for solutions that would make their homes smart. A lot of companies are developing new technologies that allow you to have access to your home 24/7 even when you’re not at home. Almost any aspect of your home can be made smart. Replace your home appliances with smart products and enjoy peace of mind controlling your home from your smartphone.

Smart outdoor lighting

Osram Outdoor Lighting

Tired of coming home to a dark house? Not a problem as long as you have smart lighting outside your house. Illuminate your home’s entryway for better safety or add some playful color to your backyard garden with smart outdoor lighting. You can control your entire lighting system with the help of one app on your smartphone from anywhere you are.

Smart Products for Inside Your Home

Today, we’ll talk about smart products for inside your home. It’s been years since people started talking about home automation systems. And nowadays, with just a tap of your finger you can do almost anything, starting from controlling your bank account to controlling lights at your home while you’re away. Smart products bring us comfort and peace of mind. The word “smart” is used so many times to describe the convenience and ease of appliances. But the real question is — What actually makes smart home appliances “smart”?

Smart Security Cameras & Systems

smart security camera

With smart security system you can monitor everything that happens in your home while you’re away. The system along with cameras will help you check whether your house is secure before coming back home and even show you if your pets are getting into mischief while home alone. Control your home security system via your smartphone and get alerts whenever the cameras detect movement or sound in the home. When it comes to installation, majority of smart security systems are pretty simple and fast to set up. Get one of the smart security systems today and enjoy peace of mind for years to come.

Smart Home Lighting Automation with the Lutron Smart Bridge Pro

Today, we’ll talk about smart home lighting automation with the Lutron Smart Bridge Pro. As the digital home automation becomes more and more popular, the Lutron Smart Bridge Pro is actually sounds like a good idea. Not to mention, when we are talking about Lutron—we are talking about a leader in lighting control systems.

With the Smart Bridge Pro, you can turn your Lutron’s un-smart dimmer switches into digital home automation pros. And not only dimmers. The Lutron Smart Bridge Pro is also compatible with Serena battery-powered shades and Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostats. Sounds incredible? Because it is!

Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer Switch • A Smart Solution

Lutron Caseta

As the world gets more digital and a wide array of smart home solutions enter our homes. Wouldn’t it be great to get total remote control of your home appliances with one simple device? From smart locks to smart lights, home automation systems offer more than just absolute control — it’s peace of mind, comfort, and convenience. And an incredible item in the world of smart home technology is a wireless dimmer. The Lutron Caseta wireless dimmer, to be more precise. It’s a switch that can totally bring remote lighting control to a whole new level.

Adjust the brightness of your light and create the perfect ambiance in just one click. With Lutron Caseta Wireless dimmer, you can control the light output and even reduce overall energy costs. And just imagine — you can do it all remotely.