Today is the representation of how far humanity has come, because of technology. If you look into the homes of many cosmopolitan cities, you will find a wide array of electronic devices. But not only that, you will also find smart gadgets that sync these devices together and make things easier for the homeowner.
It is quite fascinating to see the numerous gadgets on the market that can be activated by the click of a button on your phone.
Smart power, smart homes, clean living and renewable resources are all buzzwords, which are common knowledge. It was not so 20 years ago. Today, it is a way of life in order to protect the planet and limit the greenhouse gasses emissions.
Are You Thinking About Using Smart Power Devices?
Back in the 90s or even early 2000s, it would not have been this easy to set up a smart home system as it is now. You would have been at odds to find a system that could integrate all your energy efficient devices. However, today, there are quite a few of them on the market.
Some of them utilize the IFTTT apps, to make the electronic devices in your home communicate with one another.
The key players include Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Homekit, Honeywell, Nest, Zigbee, Wink and Samsung SmartThings.
Thanks to their bionetwork and smart assistants, it is 100% easier to loop in different tech devices and seamlessly implement your smart power network, in your own home.
Which Smart Power Devices are On the Market?
If this area is new to you, then continue reading as we explore the world of smart home gadgetry. It might surprise you to know that there are many options on the market to suit your needs.
And they are all not as complicated as you think.
Alexa came with the original Echo smart speaker. But since then, she has transitioned to even more gadgets. These include other speakers and devices not necessarily only those from Amazon. However, the best experience with this Amazon assistant is via the Amazon-branded ones.
“Alexa works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, TVs, thermostats, and more from WeMo, Philips Hue, Sony, SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, ecobee and Wink.”
It is not difficult to use this smart power device. All you have to do is ask Alexa and she will reply immediately.
The company constantly pushes updates to the system, so it is constantly improving in its capabilities. To begin, ask, “Alexa, what can you do?” She will tell you about her capabilities and you can proceed to enjoy the ease of life that comes with using this smart home device.
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Google Home Assistant
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Google Home is compatible with over 5,000 smart home devices made by 150 brands. Its own speakers powered by Assistant includes the regular, Mini and Max. You can either use the Google system to command another smart power device or purchase one of their own with Assistant built in.
The Google Home system uses the same Google Assistant technology, which is already familiar to you in your Android devices. It permits you to listen to the news, get news and weather as well as it controls your music.
Further to that, you can set timers and reminders, incorporate music playlists, connect multi-room speaker systems, answer calls, and control gadgets and appliances.
Because you typically have Google Assistant set as your default on your Android device, it is always with you. This might not be the same with Alexa.
Like the other smart speakers, you can control it further using an application on your phone, the Google Home app.
CNET Magazine puts it very well. They say, “HomeKit is to Apple what Alexa skills are to Amazon, or what actions are to Google.”
Apple’s HomeKit software existed long before the others from as early as 2014. You did not hear about Google Home or Alexa, but now “HomeKit and the HomePod smart speaker aren't nearly as well-known as their competitors.”
This system communicates with other devices that are compatible in three key ways. It catalogs every smart home device and even puts your favorite ones at the top of the listing.
Then, “'Rooms' groups devices in locations around your house; and ‘Automation' allows you to automate smart home behaviors.’ What that means is that you can assign a number of tasks to be completed on your exit from home. They may include turning off the lights, turning down the heat and setting the security alarm.
- Echo Dot is a voice-controlled speaker that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, answer...
- Play music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.
- Call or message family and friends hands-free, or drop in from the Alexa App to your Echo device.
This is the ideal system to provide a one-stop shop for computerizing your entire home and as many smart home routines.
“Yonomi powers a free mobile app and an enterprise cloud platform that works simply to integrate your connected devices and automate routines to make the home more comfortable, secure, and wonderful.”
It is considered a serious competitor to Stringify. But, it is possibly the better of the two. It gives numerous controls than what you have available from HomeKit or Alexa. Plus, it comes with more capability IFTTT.
It is not partial to iOS or Android, but rather Yonomi works with both seamlessly. And can get them to sync without any issues or delay.
“Download Yonomi now for iOS, or Android, and manage all your smart home devices remotely using your mobile phone, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Watch, or Android Wear.”
While it is not as groundbreaking as the other dominant brands, the Wink Hub is on the right path for a smart home device.
According to the Wink website, “The Wink Hub allows your diverse collection of smart products to speak the same wireless language, so that you can easily control them — and customize their interactions — from the Wink app.”
The Wink Hub supports:
- Z-WAVE – door lock, door and window sensor, motion sensor, tilt sensor, light switch, light dimmer, appliance module,
- Zigbee – light bulb, light switch, outlet, door and window
- Wink Hub allows your diverse collection of smart home products to speak the same wireless language so you can easily...
- Platform Compatibility: Control products from iOS, Apple Watch, Android, and Android Wear. Works with Amazon Alexa.
- Supported Device Types: ZWAVE: Door Lock, Door/Window Sensor, Motion Sensor, Tilt Sensor, Light Switch, Light Dimmer,...
If you are in the United States or Canada, then the Samsung SmartThings Hub works there.
The hub allows you to effortlessly control, monitor, and secure your home no matter where you are in the world. It is the heart of Samsung energy-efficient world and essentially is compatible with your different thermostats, outlets, lights, smart locks, and more.
“Know when doors, windows and cupboards are opened or closed. Know when there’s movement inside or outside your home and know when there’s a water leak, and much more.”
They all are controlled via a free SmartThings app.
The app is also able to provide notifications in relation to anything that occurs at your home. You can make use of your Smartphone to control your home's lighting, energy usage, security, and more remotely.
With the SmartThings Hub “set them to turn on and off at different times of day, when doors are opened, when there’s movement in your house, and much more.”
“Since SmartThings is compatible with a wide variety of smart devices from different companies, once you have the SmartThings Hub and the free app for iOS, Android, or Windows, you can add as many additional SmartThings sensors or other popular Z-Wave, ZigBee, or Internet-connected products as you want to enhance your connected home.”
- Includes a SmartThings Hub to connect wirelessly with a wide range of smart devices and make them work together
- Includes two SmartThings Multipurpose Sensors to receive alerts if windows open unexpectedly, set connected lights to...
- Includes a SmartThings Motion Sensor to receive alerts if there’s unexpected movement, set connected devices to turn...
Launch Out in a Smart Power World
Stepping out into the world of energy efficient devices has never been easier. You can choose from so much smart power and smart home devices and applications. They are geared to work well with thousands of gadgets and electronics that are on the market.
You have Amazon Alexa, Google Home Assistant, Apple Homekit, Yonomi, Wink, Samsung SmartThings and so many more just waiting to be discovered.
Unlike the Smartphone world, you do not have to choose an Android system over an iOS system, when you get your smart home devices. Neither is it like the computer system environment where you offer your undying loyalty to either a MAC computer or PC.
These smart power devices mostly communicate in similar languages as their rival systems. They have more than one bionetwork embedded.
Thankfully, manufacturers have even made this aspect of knowing what system is compatible with your smart power devices, quite easy. On the package containing your device, just look for the write up on works with, for example, Amazon Alexa or Apple Homekit.