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Technology has made its way into every facet of our lives, including our homes. For example, the smart home is the idea of a house that uses a variety of connected tech products designed to make your home more efficient, and the foundation for these homes is now in place. According to research done by Business Insider’s Intelligence group, almost 80 percent of American homes have wireless Internet and today, there are more than 100 items in your home that could, and eventually will, connect to the Internet.
Even though smart home products are already on the horizon, the road to implementing them into most houses will not be an easy one. The products are more financially demanding than their competitors that do not connect to the Internet. According to PC Magazine, you can buy a Master Lock for $16, but a connected LockState will cost $250. A standard Honeywell thermostat will cost $18, while a Nest will run $250. Lastly, an LED light bulb is $8 on Amazon, but a Philips Hue smart bulb will run $60.
However, there are plans in place to make the transition to smart homes easier. Services like AT&T’s Digital Life and Comcast’s Xfinity Home have designed packages that include several products to make your home “smart” with a more realistic price tag. Comcast’s Xfinity Home will offer a smart thermostat, cameras, motion sensors, outlet controllers and a monthly service plan starting around $40 a month. In addition, the services have technicians that will come to your house to install everything and make sure it works smoothly.
Another smart home accessory spotlighted in PC Magazine is the Amazon Echo. The $180 Amazon Echo is referred to as overpriced but once you experience all it has to offer, it seems like the ideal smart product. The Echo’s name is Alexa, and she is similar to Siri and Cortana. You can ask her what is on your calendar for tomorrow, to play your favorite artist, check the weather and even to tell you a joke.
Slingbox is also a great option for anyone looking to improve their homes with new technologies. The recently launched M2 allows users to watch 100 percent of their TV content from anywhere in the world, on as many devices as they want with absolutely no monthly fees. Your TV viewing experience can be enhanced both inside and outside of your home with one small device that sits right on your set top.
The constant creations of smart products aren’t slowing down any time soon and many current items in your home will eventually be connected through the Internet. With these innovative accessories, the idea of the smart home is becoming a reality! Do you have a smart plan to enhance your home?