T3’s Must-Have Smart Gadgets
May 28, 2018
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Make your home smarter with these awesome gadgets!

There was a time when scenes like walking into your home to turn on the lights is something that’s straight out of a movie. But today, these are now common occurrences for a smart home.

The good thing is that if you want to get the whole smart home experience, you don’t really need to purchase a new home – you can start will small gadgets that should all work together to deliver the smart home experience.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Nest Learning Thermostat – There’s a good chance that you may have already heard about Nest. Their Learning Thermostat doesn’t just regulate the temperature in your home, but it also helps you save electricity. It learns from your routines so it can efficiently operate and save electricity without you noticing.

Google Home – Google’s all around smart speaker is the primary way that you can control all your smart devices using your voice. It’s powered by Google Assistant, which we already know works much like a real human. After you connect your devices to the speaker, you can simply ask it to turn on the lights or change the temperature or simply play your favorite playlist.

Amazon Echo – Along with Google, Amazon has already proven itself to be one of the best manufacturers of smart speakers. The Amazon Echo relies on Alexa which can answer pretty much any question that you ask. Since it is connected to your Amazon account, you can order anything from the website with just your voice.

Nanoleaf – These modular lighting panels can be arranged in a way that you want and can display colors in virtually any spectrum. It’s controlled by an app, which in turn is compatible with any smart speaker available. This means that you can use your voice to change the colors of the lights using just your voice. How cool is that?

Lifx – These smart LED bulbs are Wi-Fi connected, so you can easily place them on lampshades or any lighting source in your home. It supports a maximum of 1100 lumens and of course, can also be controlled through any smart speaker available.

Cocoon – Protecting your home is also essential, hence the surge in popularity of these home surveillance cameras that you can connect remotely using your smartphone. Cocoon uses sound to analyze and learn about the people that lives in your home and from there it can tell you if someone doesn’t belong. You can even place and remotely to scare off the intruder, and can record clips and save them to your smartphone.

Yale ENTR – The ENTR is one of the new smart locks from Yale. Replacing the normal key is your smartphone, fingerprint or a remote tool that can unlock the door. It even has an automatic unlocking system so you don’t have to worry if you’ve locked the door or not.

Linksys Velop – Since all your device relies on a steady home connection, you must have the right router to manage it. Linksys Velop is a mesh-based router set that ensures you have a stable and steady Wi-Fi connection wherever you are in your home. It’s tri-band as well so

Mi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker – I know, I know, why include a rice cooker? But help convince you: Xiaomi’s app connected rice cooker traps steam so it can retain nutrients when you cook vegetables. You can even scan the barcode of the rice you’re supposed to cook and it will instantly know how to cook it, according to your preference of course.

Any other devices you think that should be part of the list? Give it a shoutout in the comments below!

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and recently discovered his love for gaming.
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