Even if you don't have a new home that's bursting with the latest high tech devices, you can upgrade your San Francisco or Marin residence with a number of smart home gadgets, all of which are compatible with Apple's Home app that's been added to iOS 10.
Apple's Home app works on iPhones, iPads and the Apple Watch and uses voice activation to control a growing variety of high tech home products. By leaving an iPad at home and connected to your WiFi network, it will serve as the hub for controlling any of these smart products fro a distance.
Below is a list of 7 smart home products that are simple to install and use to boost your home's high-tech functionality.
1. Ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat
With a full-color LCD display, you can control the temperature of your home from all over your home. Its intuitive programming—it constantly checks the temperature inside and out —means it knows which rooms you’re in (and which you’re not) and saves you money by controlling it all.
2. Elgato Eve Weather Sensor
This wireless outdoor sensor checks temperature, humidity and air pressure, giving you detailed information at a precise location. There’s also an indoor version, which has a useful carbon dioxide reading.
3. Honeywell Lyric Round or T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat
Using geofencing, this thermostat is smart enough to know when you’re leaving, or are on your way home. It will ultimately learn and adapt to your weekly schedule. With the new Lyric T5, the thermostat becomes attuned to normal cycles at home to optimize the temperatures.
4. Philips Hue White Ambiance Starter Kit
The Hue family is capable of controlling up to 50 lights, luminaries and switches and alters your home lighting to accommodate all your needs. With scheduling, you can mimic sunrise by having lights come on slowly, dim them for some romance, or anything in between.
5. Nanoleaf Ivy Smarter Kit
Speaking of lights, who wants to have to get up to turn them on or off? With the Ivy Smarter Kit, plus its home hub, you can control up to 50 bulbs. Set up is as easy as plugging in the hub, screwing in the bulbs, downloading the app, and voila!, the LED lights sync with your iPhone.
6. Hunter Fans
These attractive ceiling fans are now Wi-Fi ready. Syncing the fan with a thermostat equates to reducing energy consumption—and energy costs. And, if you’re relaxing in bed, let Siri know when you want to change the fan speed.
7. Withings Home
French company Withings is known for tracking your sleep with their Aura and now they have created the perfect tool to keep an eye on your home while you’re out. The Smart HD camera live streams every room individually and comes with recording capabilities. It also has two-way talk capability, great for talking to people or pets at home.
Article content from Curbed.com.