5 Coolest New Smart Home Innovations: The Best Home Automation Hub and More

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Smart home devices are fast becoming the “must have” items for any modern American household.

In fact, one-third of Americans have at least one smart home device currently in use.

It seems everyone wants more than an old-fashioned house. They want a smart home.

There is so much interest in smart home devices that the market produces new products constantly. It makes it nearly impossible to keep up with all the new home automation ideas!

We have sifted through all the gadgets and inventions to come up with a list of the top five smart home innovations, including our pick for the best home automation hub.

1. Amazon: The Best Home Automation Hub

There are many brands of home automation hubs that can do a variety of tasks for you.

The most known brand of hub is the Amazon Echo. They come in a variety of sizes and options for your household needs.

They connect by Bluetooth and can respond to voice commands from playing music to reciting recipes. You can even ask questions like you would on Google and get a verbal answer!

A lesser known home automation hub that we love is the Wink Hub 2. This hub is more reliable than the Echo and supports more devices such as smart lightbulbs and security systems.

The Wink Hub 2 will also connect to your Google home device for perfect synchronization.

2. Ultimate Universal Remote

We have all seen the pile of remotes on the coffee table for one TV. You have the remote for the TV itself, one for the sound system, and one for your DVD player. It’s insane!

Then you have to explain the order in which to activate each device so your guests can enjoy a show.

There’s got to be a better way.

Good news, there is a better way! You need a universal remote like the Logitech Harmony Elite.

The Harmony Elite functions as a remote for all your home entertainment center devices.

You can also connect this remote to a home hub device and control all the devices registered to that hub with the push of a button.

3. Smart Plugs

Smart plugs can turn your normal home devices like lamps into smart home devices.

Plug the device into the smart plug, then the plug into the wall. Now you can control that device through your home hub!

Some models also give you a breakdown of the energy usage of each device so you can identify your power hogs and save some money.

4. Smart Security Cameras

Unfortunately, 30% of Americans have had a package stolen from their porch. It is becoming an epidemic.

The only defense is to sit at your front door when you are expecting a package or install a security camera.

Some home security solutions have cameras with crisp images that can connect to your smartphone or home hub.

You can even get a two-way talk feature that allows you to shout at a potential thief (or unsuspecting visitor) without having to go to the door.

5. Smart Sleeping

What not continue being smart in your sleep?

Mattresses that you can adjust the firmness and/ or incline with a handy remote have been on the market for a few years.

But there is a new device from Nokia that you place under any mattress (smart or not) that tracks your sleep patterns and offers sleep analyzation.

You can also use this to wake you up by connecting the Nokia Sleep to your smart light bulbs. Set them to turn on when your alarm goes off and start the day off right.

Ready to Make Your Home Smart?

Even if you don’t have the best home automation hub, you can still enjoy all the awesome benefits of upgrading your house to a smart home.

The problem is that smart home devices can be tricky to install and/ or set up in your house. We recommend having a reputable company assist you.

If you have any other questions about what smart home devices would work for you or if you would like help setting up your smart home network, contact us today!