Home Automation

Home automation has gone a long way towards simplifying living and making homes more enjoyable. Over the past few years, there have been exciting innovations in technology, enabling you to do more than ever before. If you have a techie in your life, a home automation tool may make a great gift this holiday season. Here are five of the best home automation gifts to consider.

Smart Outlets

Smart outlets, like the Insight Switch made by WeMo, are smart outlets that you can control from your smartphone or tablet. Turn the power on and off to automate lights, small appliances, and more. The associated app allows you to track your energy use and how much you’re paying for that energy.  You can control most switches with Alexa commands through the Amazon Echo Dot.

Amazon Echo Dot

The Echo Dot has been around for a few years, but it has grown even more innovative in that time. The device’s microphone learns to recognize the owner’s voice and can pick it out from across the room, even when other people are talking. The Echo Dot can connect to speakers through Bluetooth to play music, and you can even enable it to request Uber rides and order takeout from your favorite restaurants. The associated app is compatible with Android, Fire OS, and iOS.

Smart CO and Smoke Alarms

For the more practical friend in your life, consider gifting a smart CO and smoke alarm, like the Nest Protect. The device alerts your smart phone if the alarm ever goes off, allowing you to keep your home safe even when you’re not in it. Newer models alert you even earlier than a standard smoke or CO detector. The Nest Protect is a hard-wired detector, though you can find battery-powered models if that’s what you would prefer.

Personal Weather Devices

If you know someone who works outside, drives a long way to work, or otherwise always wants to monitor the weather, perhaps a personal weather device would be the perfect gift. Such devices track temperature, humidity, and air pressure, also providing graphs showing the weather trends over weeks, months, and years. You can integrate devices like the Elgato Even Weather Station with your smartphone.

Intelligent Alarm Clocks

Intelligent alarm clocks, like Beddi, make waking up easier. They are equipped with white noise generators, mood lighting, and sunrise wake-up light features that make mornings a lot more tolerable. Beddi and other similar alarms also give traffic reports, weather forecasts, and more, so you don’t even have to reach your phone for the updates every morning.

Smart home technology is becoming pervasive in American homes. Whether your friend has already embraced smart technology or is just starting to get their feet wet, something on this list is sure to make them smile.

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