December 3rd//Design, Lifestyle

You Can Have a Smart Home Too – Here’s How

With the winter holidays approaching, it’s time to start your shopping. If you’re looking for an innovative, exciting way to gift someone you love this year, why not consider making his or her life a little smarter; specifically their home.


Through the implementation of integrated technology, you can turn any home into a smart home, customized to fit your wants and needs. Let’s take a look at some of the coolest (and smartest) gadgets on the market now:


Cameras from Canary and Nest Cam alert users when people are in or around your space; Nest Cam Outdoor does the same outdoors. Nest Protect and Roost’s fire alarm will send text alerts when when they detects smoke and other anomalies.


Building a comfortable home is the dream and smart devices make this dream a 21st century reality. Ensure your home is always heated/cooled to perfection with the Nest Learning Thermostat. Sleep soundly with the Awair air monitor and let the Roomba do your cleaning up. Never again worry if you left something plugged in or on with Belkin’s WeMo Switch. If you need a little more assistance, look no further than Amazon’s Echo, the personal assistant who can tell the weather, remind you of events, play music, read you a book, adjust your smart devices and a whole lot more.


From the moment you put the key in the lock (or don’t), smart tech offers convenience. Products like August provide smart keyless locks that also allow you to create guest keys and communicate with visitors. If you’re up for some DIY, LittleBit does a little bit of everything: control the lights, monitor the AC, do what you’d like with this starter kit for smart homes. And smart is a good place to start.

Tie all your devices together with Samsung’s SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit, which keeps you in touch with your home (and family) when you’re out and about, letting users remotely control and monitor the home’s appliances, lights, speakers, locks, cameras, thermostats, sensors, appliances and more.

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