One way to introduce a magical new experience to our homes is to introduce new tech. Whether you buy it for yourself, or for a loved one, a new smart home device can bring joy, security, and convenience. However, not all smart home devices are perfect for all people. Some people prefer to keep life simple: so a simple smart plug that you can set and forget might be a well-received addition to their lives. Some people like to tinker and tweak and get to really understand how to get the most from a new device. Still others are pragmatic and want their new tech to have one specific purpose. So here is a smart home primer to help you find smart tech that can make any Canadian excited.
Add to the holiday magic with smart lights and smart plugs
In my home, the magic of the season begins with colourful lights. Outdoors on the trees and around my home at first, then inside on the tree. And making it all just as bit more magical is being able to control all of our holiday lights with apps on my phone. Holiday lights create ambiance; smart lights do this with added convenience. Smart plugs bring that convenience to any holiday light display, turning an ordinary light string into a smart light string. The best part, is with most of these, you put the lights on a schedule and they will automatically turn on each day and turn off each nite so you can “set it and forget it!”
Here a few of the smart lights and plugs that I suggest:
|Twinkly Smart 6.5m (21.33ft.) RGB LED String Light Set||
TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Lite – 4 Pack
Nanoleaf Shapes Triangle Panels
Smart Displays and Smart speakers bring the world magically into your home
The new kid on the block for smart tech that delivers a whole new kind of magic is the range of smart speakers and smart displays available. I’ve listed a few great options in the grid below but I encourage to peruse the virtual aisle at Best Buy online since these come in a range of colours and sizes to suit your home decor and personal taste. As far as functionality, I have many of these in my home and absolutely wouldn’t do without. Why? use the smart display for virtual parties with family member all over the world. Use smart speakers to play holiday tunes throughout the house … I link them using the app so all of the speakers in my home are synchronized: then I sing as loudly as I can!
|Google Nest Hub Max Smart Display with Google Assistant||
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker with Alexa
Lenovo Smart Clock Essential With Google Assistant
Smart security for entrance ways, drive ways, and back yards
Last year, I gave my mother-in-law a gift of a secure front entrance to her home. It included a smart doorbell, similar to the one shown below, and cosmetic improvements to the surrounding porch and doorway. She loves it: she can see on the Google Home Max in her living room when someone arrives without getting up from the sofa. Smart cameras offer similar convenience. I have a large property and thanks to several smart cameras I can see on my phone if anyone trespasses: though mostly I can see the deer trying to jump my fence to eat my vegetables!
|Google Nest Wire-Free Video Doorbell||
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock
Blink Outdoor Wire-Free 1080p IP Security Camera System
Smart homes are cozy for the whole family
You can make your home smarter in many ways that will benefit your family. A smart TV is easier to control, allowing you to just tell the remote “turn on Netflix” or even “play holiday movies” and it magically happens. Feel a chill, turn up the heat with your phone, or tell your smart speaker, “hey google, turn up the Nest Thermostat 5 degrees.”
Inevitably though, you will need to clean before guests arrive, or perhaps you just want the house clean before you get home from work. In the past, i would just call home and ask my kids to do it. “It builds character,” some might say. Well now they build character by volunteering at the Food Bank; especially if you have a robot vacuum. Schedule daily passes around your home so it is always ready for a holiday party!
|Sony BRAVIA XR X90J 65″ 4K UHD HDR LED Smart Google TV||
Google Nest Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat – Snow
iRobot Roomba j7+ Wi-Fi Connected Self-Empty Robot Vacuum
Shop smarthome and more online at Bestbuy.ca
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