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Smart home. Smart living.

Smart homes filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable. Imagine that you're driving home on a hot summer day. But rather than turn the air conditioner on when you get home and wait for your house to cool, you simply use your smartphone when you leave your office to tell your smart thermostat to lower the temperature.

Smart Buildings and Smart Homes

BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, expects the number of smart home devices shipped will grow from 83 million in 2015 to 193 million in 2020. This includes all smart appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.), smart home safety and security systems (sensors, monitors, cameras, and alarm systems), and smart home energy equipment, like smart thermostats and smart lighting.

Smart House IoT Devices

Nest, one of the more famous smart home device manufacturers, has created a Learning Thermostat that can automatically adjust temperature based on your location and uses a far-field sensor to determine the time and temperature from a distance. And thanks to a recent update, it now works with Alexa, too.

And for smart bulbs, there's the Lifx Color 1000, which can change color as necessary, and the Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit for your white-light needs.

Home Automation Companies

So who's putting out these devices? Several companies have emerged at the forefront, such as Amazon, Nest (owned by Google's parent company, Alphabet), Apple, August, and Philips.

BI inteligence

Според представително изследване за Business Insider BI Intelligence,прогнозира, че броя на продадените устройства се очаква да нарастне от устроств, 83 million in 2015 to 193 million in 2020. This includes all smart appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.), smart home safety and security systems (sensors, monitors, cameras, and alarm systems), and smart home energy equipment, like smart thermostats and smart lighting.

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Удобство и забавление

First we have the Amazon Echo, arguably the first and most recognizable name in this space. The device functions as a central hub for your other smart home gadgets, and its voice-activated assistant, Alexa, provides convenience that few other products can match. Amazon also offers two sister products, the Tap and the Dot

Nest, one of the more famous smart home device manufacturers, has created a Learning Thermostat that can automatically adjust temperature based on your location and uses a far-field sensor to determine the time and temperature from a distance. And thanks to a recent update, it now works with Alexa, too.

 

Осветление и енергия

The first and most obvious benefit to smart homes is convenience, as more connected devices can handle more operations (lighting, temperature, etc.) and frees up the resident to perform other tasks.

But beyond this, smart home IoT devices can help reduce costs and conserve energy. In our example above, you'd have a comfortable and cool apartment when you get home, but you could also leave your air conditioner off when you're not home, which would lower your electric bill and reduce energy consumption. Smart lights would function in a similar way.

Of course, there are disadvantages, as well. Smart home devices are typically more expensive than their non-connected counterparts, so consumers would certainly feel the hit in their wallets at first.

Consider than connected LED bulbs cost $15 on average, compared to $8 for nonconnected LED bulbs. However, the cost of these connected bulbs has dropped in the last two years, so the prices of smart home IoT devices could decline even further and make them more affordable to the average consumer.

Наблюдение и сигурност

Whether you invest in a full-featured, multi-camera system, or a simple mounted camera at your front door, there are many ways you can keep an eye on your home while you are away from it.

It's still a jumbled market, with a variety of competing products and standards, so to help you cut through the noise we've picked out 10 of the best smart home security camera systems for you to take a look at.

Check in on your home or pets anytime with connected cameras that you can view from your smartphone. Set up motion and audio alerts so you don’t miss a thing.

From the basic to the comprehensive, you should find something to match your budget and needs.