Smart Home Future – Featured Home Automation Products this 2016
Smart Home Future is really happening now. Almost everything can be controlled inside your home if you have the means, as well as the technology for it. When it comes to home automation, the battle for the best smart home controller is still ongoing.
With Amazon Echo and Google Home planning to change the current market, it will only be a matter of time till we see new smart home devices. If you think you’ve seen the highlight of this year in the world of the Internet of Things (IOT), you have seen nothing yet. Who knows, this might be the year we can live like the Jetsons, right? Minus the part where we live in the outer, outer space.
Fortunately for you, we’ve come up with a list of what the smart home future holds. From devices to conveniences, we got you covered. If you are still holding out on purchasing your own Z-Wave starter kit, you might want to see what the upcoming home automation tech has in store for you.
Smart Home Future – Upcoming and Available Smart Home Devices this year
Meet Asus Zenbo
Today though is something special. Meet Asus Zenbo, one of the first ever automaton butlers that will come out of production pretty soon. For $599 (USD), this smart device is among the products that will highlight the smart home future.
Revealed at the recent Computex 2016 event, the Asus Zenbo is looking to take things up a notch in terms of Google’s Home as well as Amazon’s Echo. What this smart bot has to offer is the smart home future. This automaton butler is capable of controlling smart home appliances, act as your personal assistant as well as do basic house chores.
With voice-recognition being one of the key highlights of the Asus Zenbo, it looks like Asus is trying to compete with the Home and Echo as far as smart home controller supremacy is concerned. If you want a personal assistant that can actually follow you around, you will love having this around when it comes out. If you are looking for an alternative to Home and Echo, Asus Zenbo is definitely the go-to option.
Meet the All-New Amazon Echo Dot
The all new Amazon Echo Dot is pretty much a smaller and more compact version of the original Amazon Echo. Consumers who are holding back on the original Amazon Echo because of its bulky design may want to consider the Echo Dot. One thing that the Echo Dot can do that its big brother can’t is the ability to hook up your own speakers.
While some consumers who already own the Echo Dot complain about the smart home device’s hearing capability, it’s not all that bad if you consider the $89.99 (USD) price tag. If you are looking for a simple smart home controller that is compact and ready to use, you will never be disappointed with what the Amazon Echo Dot has in store for the smart home future.
Regardless if you find the Echo Dot to be a useful addition or not in your smart home network, the mere fact that you can have a smart home controller like the Echo, at a much smaller device is a really good buy in our book. Let’s just hope that its hearing inaccuracies are not bothersome to other consumers otherwise this is a great product.
Have you seen the SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell?
Experience the power of smart home future enabled devices. The SkyBell HD Wi-Fi video doorbell is the perfect set of eyes when receiving guests. The 1080p Full HD camera has on-demand clip recording features as well as integration with other popular smart home controllers.
What makes the SkyBell HD doorbell’s camera unique in its own way is that it brings clarity and sharpness like no other. Combined with third-party integrations, as well as automation options, this smart home device is worth the $199 (USD) asking price. If you want unbeatable home security like no other, you will enjoy the benefits of the SkyBell HD Wi-Fi video doorbell.
While others find it too much to have a 1080p doorbell camera, the SkyBell HD doorbell makes up for it by providing other monitoring features such as audio and amazing app integration. With the ability to know who is buzzing at your door even when you’re away from home, we don’t see why it would be too much especially if you can afford it.
Introducing the Aeon Labs Z-Stick USB Gen5
It may not have all the bells and whistles like the other brands offer, but it has one thing that everyone wants – reliability. For starters, the Z-Stick USB is a very easy to operate and manage smart home device. One of the reasons we consider this to be part of the smart home future is the fact that it can integrate with your Z-Wave network without breaking much sweat.
Now that it is powered by Z-Wave Gen5 or 5th generation, this Z-Stick is the best option for consumers who would like to focus on the Z-Wave alliance because the Aeon Labs Z-Stick USB Gen5 is perfect for the Z-Wave network. People who are looking for a smart home standard that has been around for a while would really appreciate the small, but terrible option of the Z-Stick.
For the price of $90 (AUD), you can expect performance like no other for the same price range. The simple point and click feature for adding smart home devices within your network is as self-explanatory as it could be. If you want simple, reliable and upgradable, you can never go wrong with the Aeon Labs Z-Stick USB Gen5.