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Friday, December 1, 2017

Smart Lighting that doesn’t require smart bulbs

When people think about the design of their home, their minds often go first to the furniture and ecor. One oft-overlooked factor is the lighting. Too bright lighting can give residents a headache, while too dim lighting can cause squinting and bumping into things. While many smart lighting systems require smart lightbulbs in order to function properly, Deako doesn’t. What’s more is that this smart lighting system allows you to control the lights in your home with or without your mobile device. This means you can control the smart lighting even if you don’t have your phone handy. Want to save the current lighting scene so that you don’t have to reconfigure it every time? Simply use the app to save up to three at once.

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Los Angeles Times' favorite smart home devices

You don't have to be rich to have an interconnected smart home that you can control with the swipe of your finger or the sound of your voice. Smart home devices are getting more powerful every day as the prices continue to drop. All you need to get started is a smartphone and a dash of digital know-how to have a Jetsons-worthy home of the future. All of the recommended devices on our budget buyer's guide satisfy at least one of several needs: convenience, security or connectivity. Most of the gadgets are simple to use, with only a few requiring an involved installation process. Home automation doesn't have to break the bank. In fact, a quick online search will likely reveal better deals than the retail prices we have listed here with each item. Here's how to build a smart home on a budget for less than $100 per device.

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Smart Home and Kitchen

The microwave revolutionized cooking by heating food in seconds. Now, experts say the kitchen is poised for another reinvention. The next wave will be fueled by smart appliances and voice technology. Whirlpool has already teased a concept for the smart kitchen. It includes touchscreens that populate recipes from internet, a refrigerator that reminds you when you’re low on milk and the ability to heat up a meal. While we’re still at years away from a fully connected kitchen, most of this technology already exists. The biggest challenge is getting devices made by different companies to communicate. Zoe Leavitt, senior retail and consumer packaged goods analyst at research firm CB Insights, told CNN Tech the future of the kitchen comes down to one ingredient: data.

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Smart Thermostats for Smart Homes

These days, almost any object can be connected to smart home: speakers, refrigerators, lightbulbs but when a person first decides to dip his toe into home automation, for his first smart purchase, he is overwhelmingly likely to choose… a thermostat. Smart thermostats allow users to control their home’s temperature. Thermostats were among the first smart tech to emerge, but even in a world where smart devices abound, smart home thermostats remain among the most popular. Why? Smart thermostats are surprisingly cheap — smart thermostat models can range in price from under $100 to just above $200, which is well below the price of other smart appliances, like refrigerators, dishwashers, and clothes dryers. Thus, a smart thermostat is a relatively small investment for those just interested in smart home technology.

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