The term “smart home” has been thrown around a lot recently but the simple truth is that whether we like it or not, our homes are becoming more connected.
With so many companies and gadgets all vying for a space in your living room it can be daunting to work out how to proceed in a way that doesn’t then give you a massive headache in six months when you find out the next thing you buy is compatible with anything else in your home.
Well thankfully we’re here to help. Here are our favourite home gadgets that manage to be both excellent while also being as universal as possible which means that they’ll work with just about everything else you plan on buying.
From the voice-controlled Amazon Echo to Google’s glorious reimagining on the WiFi router these are the simplest, coolest ways to give your home that upgrade to 2.0.
Google WiFiIf you live in a house where the internet coverage has more dead zones than a slasher movie, this WiFi router will ensure there’s a happy ending. Rather than using a single router, you buy multiple ‘hubs’ which can be combined and positioned at different areas in the house to create a ‘mesh network’ that blankets the house in high-speed WiFi. How many you use depends on the size of the area you want to cover – each hub covers an area of 1,500 sq ft. As you’d expect, it can all be monitored and controlled by an app on your phone.
Price: £129 (single) £229 (double)Hive Active HeatingThis is the first of our two smart home hubs we’ve included. Everything starts with the smart thermostat which can control your heating. From there Hive make just about every smart home gadget you can think of including door sensors, motion sensors, lightbulbs and even smart cameras. They all connect to one simple app and the entire system is fantastically easy to use. It’s not as customisable as Nest but by having a simple closed system you’ve got what is essentially a foolproof way to upgrade your entire home.
Price: From £249 (including professional installation)Sky QSky Q is the apex of Sky’s TV viewing experience and it pays off. The Q box allows you to watch 4K films, TV and sport while complete access to Sky’s OnDemand content gives you a dizzying array of things to watch outside of Live TV. It’s …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Tec