4 simple gadgets to upgrade to a smart home setup

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 06 Mar 2020
4 simple gadgets to upgrade to a smart home setup

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Smart homes and IoT enabled gadgets are all the rage these days. If you are building a house from the ground up, then chances are you can invest in gadgets that make your home smart from the get-go. But if you don't want to spend the money on reconstruction and simply want a foot in the door to a smart home, then this is the story for you. Here we will list 4 gadgets that can help you upgrade your home to a smart home. These devices are available on Amazon.in. We haven't reviewed all of these devices. They are here based on the specifications and features they bring to the table. 

Echo Dot

The Echo dot is an Alexa enabled speaker giving you access to the voice assistant. Not only can the speaker give you real-time information like the weather and the status of your Amazon order but also help control any other accessories you may have that are Alexa-enabled. From switching on smart lights to controlling your TV and even switching on and off the fan, the Echo Dot has the ability to be the central control unit for your smart home. It also has a built-in speaker to let you enjoy music either from streaming services or from your smartphone / tablet via Bluetooth  

Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb 

Don't you hate it when you have to get out of bed to switch off the lights at night? What if you could do it from the comfort of your smartphone? Or better, from the comfort of just using your voice? In that case, you may want to check out the Philips Smart WiFi LED Bulb. This LED bulb is compatible with both the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. So if you have the above mentioned Echo Dot, you can simply use your voice to ask Alexa to switch on/off the light when you want. You can also set a timer or schedule when you want the lights to come on and off. Since this is an LED light, you can also change the colour of the light to suit your mood. 

Litake Motion-Sensing Battery Powered LED

Another simple gadget to let you transform your home into a smart home is the Litake Motion-Sensing Battery Powered LED. They switch on when they detect motion and switch off automatically after 15-31 seconds of inactivity. The light turns on when motion is detected within a 7-11ft distance. This is ideal if you wake up in the middle of the night, want to move around and don't want to fumble to find the light switch or disturb others sleeping by switching on the master light of the room. The lights are simple to install, require no hard-wiring, and connect via super-strong 4M double-sided adhesive pad. The light has a battery life of 10,000 hours.

Hoteon 10A Mini Smart Plug

The simplest way of turning your old gadget into a smart gadget is by using a smart plug. The one we are recommending here today is compatible with both the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. So if you think you forgot to switch off the iron, then worry not. You can simply log onto the app on your phone and switch this smart plug on / off no matter where you are in the world. It can be controlled using your voice as well, but remember, it only supports 2.4GHz WiFi. It is a simple plug-and-play setup.

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Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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