In 2014, the Wink Connected Home Hub impressed many smart home owners with a small price and large amount of versatility. However, the smart hub fell short when it came to speed and ease of pairing devices. The newest generation, Wink Hub 2, released in October 2016, looks to improve on it’s pre-existing pitfalls. Wink 2 offers a lot more support and features bundled tightly in a slimmer design. Here’s a review of what’s new with Wink Hub 2.
Google’s footprint in the smart home industry came about in October 2016 when the company announced its Amazon Echo like speaker dubbed as a smart home virtual assistant to keep you organized. The speaker also streams music from all services, gives you answers to all your questions (it’s Google after all) and plays well with Chromecast to cast your pictures and videos on TVs.
You’ve probably heard of the Internet of Things and Smart Home Devices taking over homes. From refrigerators that can order items when they run out to smart TVs that can rent movies based on your preferences. A while ago, IoT was nothing more than a gimmick, but today it is quickly gaining traction. It’s the time of smart home devices, and here is the proof along with four smart home devices you should install today.
WHAT IS A SMART HOME?
When you hear people talk about “smart homes,” they are merely referring to the way that you can control and monitor your home’s systems remotely. You can check the temperature, turn down the cooling, make sure the doors are locked, and much more. If you want a smart home, you don’t have to go out and buy a new home. You can make changes to your current home, adding and installing features that you can control with a computer, a tablet, or a mobile phone. Smart home products are popular for several reasons:
Recessed lighting is a smart lighting option for living areas with with low ceilings. They mount flush to your ceiling and create great room illumination with a minimalistic look and feel. Mounted higher than hanging lights, recessed lights can offer a better distribution of light. This type of lighting has become quite common in modern home lighting design but can create a bit of a challenge for homeowners looking for the best smart light bulbs for recessed lighting.
Apple’s Siri is well known among smartphone users. Amazon’s Alexa is much like Siri, but for the smart home. “She” is a virtual personal assistant that lives in your home, not your pocket. This virtual assistant is gaining great traction in the home automation market for Amazon and becoming quite useful for smart home users.
With so many devices in home automation it can get quite cumbersome. This home automation thing was suppose to make life simple right? This is where a smart home hub or home automation hub helps out.
If the landlord of your apartment or house does not allow large dogs you may want to check into another type of security system. There are a few good options out there for apartment dwellers or small homeowners to check into that don’t involve heavy installation. Rather than opting for a kit with multiple components, it may be a time and money saver to go with one of these all-in-one smart home security systems.
Our homes are a place of rest and relaxation – a retreat from the everyday hustle and grind. We seek comfort in not only furniture and furnishings but also knowing that we are safe and secure in our homes. Smart home security encompasses both security hardware and security practices.
Is it just me or are things getting smarter and smarter these days? We’ve gone from flip phones to smartphones and now brick homes to smart homes in what seems to be a matter of a couple short years. What exactly does this whole smart technology terminology mean anyway? Just what is a smart home?