The journey into enabling a smart home with connected devices can be an intimidating and sometimes daunting task. Where do I begin, you may ask. There are so many choices with various options. We at CasualCoder would like to help you ease the pain by listing our recommendations to get started. Below you will find some of the essentials to enable your home or office with smart devices.
Amazon Echo Show, an essential for enabling voice activated controls. Simply ask ‘Alexa’ to turn on the lights, show the front door, turn on the sprinklers, not to mention the array of other questions that you can ask.
Hue Lighting, dim any light, setup schedules, ask Alexa to turn on the lights and much more. The kids will love be able to interact with their lights, add colored lights for even more entertainment or to set the mood.
Amazon Cloud Cam, view the cameras on your Amazon Echo, Computer, or mobile device. Easy setup and works with Alexa. Customizable notifications, and continuously getting smarter to offer more notifications.
EcoBee Thermostat, works with Alexa. Control thermostat and comfort settings from anywhere (iOS, Android, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant). Has room sensors to manage hot and cold spots in your house. Cost savings up to 23% annually.
Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, works with Alex. Adjusts watering schedule based on local weather forecast. Control irrigation zones from your phone. Reduce water bill by to 50% while keeping your lawn looking great.
Ring Video Doorbell, allows you to see, hear and speak to anyone at your door from your phone, tablet or PC. Get live streaming video and two way audio enables you to check on your house or property at anytime.