Smart homes are so called because they make life easier, safer, and more fun. Over the past few years more and more people have been making their homes incrementally smarter by adding one device at a time. This contest is your chance to give your home’s IQ a major boost. We are giving away over $5000 in prizes!
We are familiar with other forms of intelligence; mental IQ and Emotional Intelligence, EQ, are based on the work of Frenchman Alfred Binet who was tasked with creating a way to assess which children needed educational assistance. If Binet could time travel to 2016 to create a method of estimating “Domestic IQ” he would probably begin by looking at how smart the average home is in each area of Canada, then look at the smartest homes and the things that make them smart and arrive at some sort of scale to meaningfully bridge the gap.
We don’t have the benefit of the expert Binet to create a Domestic IQ scale so I will have to propose one. We know that millions of Canadians already have at least one smart home device, though many homes are still without any, so that must be the lower extreme; many other people have their homes loaded with smart lights, locks, cameras, sensors etc. Your home is probably somewhere between the two extremes. I listed 6 basic types of smart home categories and some examples of products in each.
- Give yourself a point up to a maximum of 2 per category for each device in your home,
- add them up and
- look at the scale to determine how smart your home is:
|Lights and switches
e.g., Philips Hue, Lutron Caseta
|Locks and doorbells
e.g., August locks, Ring Doorbell, Yale Locks and Door Viewers
e.g., Nest Cam, Arlo Cameras, Logi Circle
|Temperature and environment control
e.g., Nest thermostats and smoke detectors, Ecobee thermostats, Netatmo
|Security alarms and Sensors
e.g., Skylink, iSmart Alarms, D-Link Water Sensor
e.g., Circle with Disney,Chamberlain Garage Door Openers, Rachio Sprinklers
Is your house a GENIUS? Enter this contest and with over $5000 in prizes your home will be well on its way to becoming really smart if you win.
HOW TO ENTER:
You can submit a maximum of 2 entries for this contest. In a comment at the bottom of this blog article, tell us how smart your house is using the scale above: is it slow, average, clever, smart, or a GENIUS. In a separate comment, tell us one smart home product found at Best Buy that you would like to add to your home in the next year.
WHAT YOU CAN WIN:
We will randomly draw 10 winners. One person will win the Grand prize, one person will win the second prize and 8 people will each win one of the 8 individual prizes. The Prizes are shown here and also in the Rules and Regulations posted below.
|Grand Prize||Second Prize|
|ARLO SMART HOME 2 HD CAMERA SECURITY SYS
August Smart Lock 2 – Silver – HomeKit edition
August Doorbell Cam – Dark Gray
AUGUST CONNECT 2 EN
August Keypad – Dark Gray – EN
LUTRON CASETA WRLSS SMART LIGHTING KIT
ECOBEE3 HMK ENABLE SMRT THRMSTAT W/RS
ECOBEE3 EB-RSE3PK2C-01 REMOTE SNSR 2 PK
Circle with Disney
Dog & Bone LockSmart Silver Keyless BT
D-LINK DCH-S160 WI-FI WATER SENSOR
|ARLO SMART HOME 4 HD CAMERA SECURITY SYS
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
YALE KY FREE LCK PSH BTTN SATIN NCKL
Circle with Disney
Ring of Security Kit- Satin Nickel
Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
Circle with Disney
YALE LOOK DIGITAL DOOR VIEWER WIFI
YALE VDF KY FREE LCK PSH BTTN BRONZE
LOGI CIRCLE PORTABLE HOME CAMERA BLK
D-Link DCS-5010L Pan/Tilt Camera
SKYLINK SKBB-2S SECURITY KIT
The contest runs from October 21st until November 3rd.
Remember you can enter twice, in separate comments below this blog article. Be sure to tell your friends and family so they too have a chance to raise the Domestic IQ of their homes.