Making one’s home ‘smarter’ is perhaps the dream of almost every second boom, and there are many good reasons to wish for such a thing. The convenience of being able to change ambient temperature in the apartment from an iPhone, view information on the air quality and humidity in the house on the smartphone, and also receive notifications from the motion sensors. One of the best centralized solutions for this was introduced by Apple and named it HomeKit, but there are other solutions.
A fully-fledged smart home system can cost tens of thousands of dollars and, while it may be able to assist with lowering and raising the electric blinds, locking and unlocking doors, brewing our favourite blend of coffee upon at that set time each morning, it is far from inexpensive and accessible to all.
Beginning with a simple device: The motion sensor from Elgato can be installed near to a home’s front door, always keeping an eye on who may be entering and exiting the premises. As soon as the sensor detects suspicious activity, it will immediately send a push notification to an owner’s smartphone. Running on batteries, it is worth circa 50 dollars.
For a slighty higher expense, the Eve Room Sensor can be located anywhere in the house or apartment and serves to measure air quality, temperature and humidity within the abode. There is even a function for identifying harmful substances, so this device is almost something of a home climate station. The Eve integrates seamlessly with Siri, so instant feedback can be received for all measures a user and owner may seek.
Tado is another popular sensor manufacturer. For example, you can install such a temperature controller in the house which maintains the set value due to the batteries and air conditioner. The list of supported air conditioners is very large, and it is sufficient to install special temperature regulators on batteries.
Home lighting requirements can be controlled with the aid ‘intelligent’ lamps, which are produced by numerous manufacturers, though not all offer notifications. These include the previously mentioned company, Elgato . Several lighting modes, full control from the iPhone – you can forget about the switches. It is convenient, for example, if you choose on vacation and want to create the appearance of a person in the apartment.
But to completely turn the fortress from a flat will help such a system of sensors – it can be installed both on the front door and on the windows. With its help, the maximum control of the zones, which can be used by intruders to enter the house, is carried out.
Another option for arranging a smart home is offered by Xiaomi (especially important for Android device owners, since they do not support HomeKit). There is an opinion that such devices are better to order in China, but in fact with the Chinese versions there can be many problems – for example, the manufacturer likes to block devices with new firmware. In the USA, international versions of Xiaomi gadgets are implemented, that is, they are adapted for foreign markets.
In this case, device management is not done using the built-in iOS “Home” application, but with the help of a third-party Mi Home program available for all platforms. So, for example, you can get smart scales which not only weigh you, but also report health indicators like the percentage of fat deposits, and conveniently aggregate the data in a mobile application.
Xiaomi also offers its smart lamps (like Elgato), only releases them under the sub-brand YEELIGHT. This interesting device will cost less than $ 50, but you can control it directly from the Android-smartphone (or iPhone), besides there are many lighting modes. Plus a stylish accessory that will complement the interior of any house.
A robotic vacuum cleaner Xiaomi will help clean up the apartment . It can be programmed for cleaning at any convenient time, view the route of movement of the vacuum cleaner and even teach it the arrangement of furniture in the apartment. HEPA filters and other useful lotions are included.
These and many other devices for a smart home can be ordered at Amazon.com, although most stores do not deliver goods to Russia, and the price for many positions is very attractive. To help in this case, comes the service “Bandera”, which provides you with an American address and itself is engaged in careful sending of the parcel to Russia.
An important advantage of “Parcel” – if, for example, to order several gadgets from different stores at once, you can ask the service employees to combine everything in a warehouse in one package so that the delivery cost less. And for the maximum convenience, the service “Assistance in the purchase” is provided, when the experts buy the goods themselves, fill in the declarations and accompany during the whole purchase.
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Delivery, as a rule, takes no more than two weeks, after which you can already make your home “smarter” with the help of new sensors. And since notifications for new devices appear every day, soon available for sending devices to Russia will become much more.