Home Automation: 11 Ways to Build Your Smart Home
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Remember those sci-fi movies where everything is high-tech, there are robots and motion sensors? Although we can’t have a robot-housekeeper yet, there are some great gadgets and hi-tech home appliances available on the market. Technology has developed so rapidly that, nowadays, you can turn your house into a smart-home, and don’t even have to be a millionaire to do it. In fact, if you have a smartphone, you’re already halfway to increasing your home’s IQ. If you want to invest in upgrading your house, here are 11 cool products to try.

1. Nest Thermostat

The great thing about this little device is that it uses an artificially intelligent software to learn which temperatures you like and when. It modifies the temperature based on whether you are home or not, and can be accessed from your phone. That way, you can walk into a warm house after a long day. Plus, it looks way better than the average thermostat.

Price: $250

2. Kevo Smart Lock

For a contemporary experience right from the get-go, you can install a smart lock system. Kevo allows you to unlock your home with your smartphone or a fob, and you can even program virtual ‘keys’ for visitors, like your relatives or the cleaning lady. Their keys will be active only for a certain amount of time, so you won’t get any unexpected visits.

Price: $280

3. Link Light Bulbs

These smart light bulbs connect to the Internet the moment you screw them in and you can control them through Android or iOS apps. It’s a great way to control the lights at your house without having to run around and switch them on or off. Plus, they not only make your home smarter, they’re inexpensive, too.

Price: $20

4. Withings Aura Sleep System

This device probably won’t impress your guests much, but it will be of great use to you and your family. Basically, it’s an alarm clock, but a very smart one, that also analyzes your sleeping patterns. It has a sensor under the mattress and will wake you up at a time that is most convenient for your body.

Price: $300

5. Roomba Vacuum Cleaner

Even though you can’t hire a robot-housekeeper, you can buy a smart vacuum cleaner that will do the work for you. Roomba 650 is not only clever, because it will know where it has cleaned and where it hasn’t, but also has a Wireless remote control system, so you can access it from any room in your home. If vacuuming is a chore that you’d like to avoid, you might want to invest in buying it.

Price: $350

6. Samsung Smart TV

Samsung did a great job in creating this TV. It has voice and gesture control, and you can also access your apps, as well as social media websites through it. Just think about it, you will never have to fight for the remote controller with the rest of your family again.

Price: $500

7. Nest Protect

Nest Protect can detect smoke in your house and send you a message if the alarm goes off. Not only that, but it’s also smart enough to differentiate what is dangerous smoke and what is just from cooking or steam from your shower.

Price: $100

8. TableConnect

Okay, can we just take a moment to appreciate how awesome this is? You can have a giant iPad that actually serves as a table, whether it’s a coffee table or a regular dining table. Although it is not available to buy yet, it will be the first in line of Apple-themed furniture.

9. Tweeting Refrigerator

You know that feeling when you’re getting food from the kitchen and you randomly tweet about it through your fridge? Well, you’re about to. The Samsung RF4289 is much more than a simple refrigerator, it also lets you read recipes online, play music via Pandora, access social media or see your grocery list.

Price: $3,699

10. Dropcam

These small HD cameras work just like a normal security system, but you can access the video footage from any device, whether it’s your PC or iPhone. It also has night vision and can record at a specific time that you want it to.

Price: $250

11. Hydropool Indoor Pool

This smart pool is probably not in everyone’s price range, but let’s just mention how incredible it is. You can have your own indoor pool and, whenever you feel like swimming, you can click a button and the floor will disappear, revealing a swimming pool underneath it. Once you’re done, the floor is raised back up, covering the water.

So how about it? These great devices can not only save you time and make your domestic life more convenient and comfortable, but will ensure that your house is the most hi-tech one on the block.