Many homeowners are looking for ways to integrate their home systems, incorporate various appliances and security, or simply adjust settings remotely with a bit more ease. The good news is that when it comes to technologically-sophisticated living, you don’t have to be a Silicon Valley hot shot to integrate some of the newest gadgets. There are more and more options and the results are pretty impressive.
Here are five options that will make your home more high-tech without breaking the bank:
Ivee – This voice-activated, hands-free assistant, masked as a regular-looking alarm clock, obeys your commands and answers your questions. Not convinced? Ivee can tell you the weather in any city, wake you up on time, and control your Wi-Fi devices. It does all this through the sound of your voice, which will make you feel like The Jetsons.
The Goji Smart Lock – With Goji, it’s like having your own personal door man. Securely send access to your home to anyone (such as house guests or home service professionals) via text or email that allows unlimited entry or specific time/date parameters. It also takes pictures of who is at your door and automatically sends pictures in real-time to your mobile device. Heck, what door man does that?
Iris Home Management System – This system allows you to wirelessly control and monitor your home, and do it from just about anywhere. Along with safety features like alarming your security system or locking your doors, you can set Iris to adjust lights and control the temperature, which saves you money when you’re not home. If that wasn’t easy enough, the Iris app has a voice control feature to take care of everything verbally.
Nest Thermostat – This next generation thermostat learns your schedule, programs itself according to adjust the temperature and can be operated from your mobile device. Get monthly email reports, and an estimated 20 percent energy savings, with very little effort.
RCA Wallplate Charger – From the “so simple, it’s brilliant” category, RCA has created wallplates with USB ports for charging. If you’re cool with a little electrical work, you can swap out your standard outlet for versions with up to four USB ports and a power switch. Imagine never needing a power adapter again.