9 Smart Home Products You Need to Know About

It seems every day a new smart home product is being launched. The Apple store has dozens of products online and in stores, Amazon has an entire section focused on the market, and Target just launched a dedicated store for the connected home. Here are 9 smart home products you need to know about.

Certainly the most talked about smart home product, Nest still makes the most beautiful and useful product for your home. With full control from your phone when you’re home or not, this product turns a traditional thermostat into something you’ll love. Priced at $249, the Nest thermostat isn’t inexpensive but Nest claims it will pay for itself in the first 2 years.

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The Belkin WeMo Switch is one of the most versatile smart home products out there. It plugs into any outlet and let’s you remotely turn on/off any appliance plugged in. This is great for making your regular lights smart, automating a pot of coffee in the morning, controlling a floor heater, and so much more.

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Sonos makes some of the best wireless speakers on the market. Simply download the app and you have control throughout your home streaming from services like Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, and more. It’s easy to hook up multiple Sonos speakers for immersive sound. We recommend the Play:1 if you’re just getting started.

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Notion is a newer company with a pretty brilliant sensor. Simply slap this on your door or window and it’ll notify you when there’s action. Equipped with motion, temperature, CO2, and other sensors this little guy packs a punch. Check out their site for some pretty interesting use cases: getnotion.com.

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Have you ever dreamed of controlling your garage door with your phone? Now you can. The Chamberlain MyQ knows when your garage door is opened or closed, lets you trigger it from anywhere, sends alerts when something happens, and works with most major brands of garage door openers made after 1993. Definitely worth looking into.

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For $230, the Lutron Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit comes with some great features. It’s the first retail-ready HomeKit product, so it works with your iPhone and can even be controlled by Siri. It comes with a hub, two plug-in light dimmer modules, and two remote controls. While this is a lot to spend for a couple of dimmers, it works remarkably well and even has an app for the Apple Watch, making it controllable from literally anywhere.

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Canary is a complete home security system with HD video, motion detection, sensors for air quality, temperature, humidity and more, and can even call the authorities if needed. If you want peace of mind at home, this is a great (and beautiful) product to try out!

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Formerly known as the Dropcam (until Nest bought it), the Nest Cam is one of our favorite smart home products. At face value it’s just a security camera, but it’s super easy to set up, has a great app for viewing anywhere, records in the cloud and has a pretty useful alerts system. The simplicity and versatility of this product makes it useful for various applications around the house.

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The Philips Hue Lux is one of the more common smart lights, with availability in the Apple Store, Best Buy, Walmart, and more. It fits into any common light and offers a nice warm white light that can be brightened and dimmed with the use of an app. There are dozens of 3rd party apps for controlling Hue lights, making it one of the more fun smart home products.

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There are countless other smart home products and big companies like Google and Apple are making these more accessible every day. Above are our favorites for July, but follow us for updates on the latest smart home products and breakthroughs.

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This post was written by Alex at Josh.ai. Previously, Alex was a research scientist for NASA, Sandia National Lab, and the Naval Research Lab. Before that, Alex worked at Fisker Automotive and founded At The Pool and Yeti. Alex has an engineering degree from UCLA, lives in Los Angeles, and likes to tweet about Artificial Intelligence and Design.

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