At one point in time, we were promised flying cars, vacations on Mars, and robot house cleaners by 2020.
Those predictions weren’t too far off.
The internet of things (IoT) is turning ordinary homes equipped with a standard WiFi network into smart abodes that obey your voice and perform tasks automatically. Here are a few of the best home IoT devices in 2020 that’ll turn your home into the house of the future.
Every modern, connected home needs some kind of AI (Artificial Intelligence) assistant—it’s the hub to which all your other devices connect. The Amazon Echo Show 8 is the newest member of the Echo family and comes, as the name implies, with an eight-inch touch display.
There are also some new capabilities in the Echo Show 8, like the ability to instantly start a video chat with all of your family’s Echo Show devices. If you need a little assistance while cooking, you can add a video subscription service with the Food Network Kitchen. This upgraded home assistant tells and shows you what you need to know. With the Echo Show 8, you can control a vast network of IoT devices with a simple voice command to make your home fully connected.
If you have a habit of losing your keys, your phone, or your purse, don’t fret—there’s a gadget for that!
You might already be familiar with Tile, a family of Bluetooth tracking devices. But their newest version is called the Tile Mate, an enhanced tracker with a 200-foot range.
Affix a Tile Mate to your keys or even your pet’s collar, and you can locate them using an app on your phone. And it works the other way around, too: If you’ve lost your phone, pressing a button on a tracker will sound an alarm alerting you to your phone’s location. You can even connect it to your Amazon Alexa or Google Nest to sound the alarm for a missing item via a voice command.
This little gadget proves that IoT devices don’t have to come with a hefty price tag. The Tile Mate packs a lot of value into its affordable price.
With a smart lock, you can start your connected home experience right at the front door. The August Smart Lock Pro is the latest—and greatest—addition to the August smart lock family. It’s easy to install—you can install it right on top of most existing lock and deadbolt assemblies—and it adds a level of convenience to your automated home. With geofencing technology, the smart lock can sense your phone when you’re within a set radius of your home and unlock your door when you arrive.
The August lock can connect to a slew of other devices as well. It works with an August accessory called DoorSense, so it knows if the door is open or closed, and it syncs with Alexa and Google smart hubs, so you can lock and unlock the door from anywhere in the house. The device also works with thermostats like the Google Nest, automatically adjusting the temperature based on whether you’re home or away.
When we say internet of things, we mean all things. This year, upgrade your fridge to a Samsung Family Hub Smart Fridge. Equipped with an enormous touchscreen on the door, this fridge can do much more than hold your milk and eggs. It can send messages to family members, play music, manage your calendar, display videos, set dietary restrictions, and more.
It can also serve as your ultimate home connection hub. Install any SmartThings-compatible IoT devices in your home—such as smart thermostats, security cameras, or lights—and you can control them all from the fridge. Since your kitchen is probably your home’s HQ anyway, that can be super handy.
We tend to take lights for granted, but you likely have more lights in your house than any other device. Gain convenience and ambiance with smart lights and lamps that you can verbally command from anywhere in the house. Or program them to automatically turn on and off based on where you are in the house. You can even set schedules to turn them on according to the time of day.
Philips Hue lights connect to your phone, as well as Alexa and Google hubs, so you can do all this and more. You can also connect Hue lights to a smart smoke detector so the house will light up automatically in an emergency to help you find your way out, or to your smart motion detectors and home security system to respond to potential threats. These lights enable you to set the right mood and protect your home.
2020 is going to be a big year for IoT, not just because of specific products, but also because the underlying wireless tech is getting a major upgrade. 5G is the next-generation cellular network that started rolling out in 2019 and will be added to many more cities in 2020. 5G is 10 to 100 times faster than your existing 4G cellular data, according to New York Magazine. With your IoT devices dialed in to that kind of speed, you’ll have the fastest and most connected home on the block.
5G may even eventually replace a lot of slower short-range wireless technologies found in IoT devices. Why use Bluetooth when 5G is better, faster, and available everywhere? 5G won’t take over overnight, but it should make serious inroads by the end of the year.
These devices are no doubt great for the individual rooms in your home, but the future of IoT is all about connection. If you’re hoping to revamp your home in 2020, consider these devices and start connecting.
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