Have you been wondering how to turn your house into a smart home?
Gone are the times when voice-controlled homes were only seen in sci-fi movies. Now, they’re a reality. Smart home technology is growing and there’s a range of systems out there to make it yours.
Read on to find out how you can get voice controlled home automation.
5 Voice Controlled Home Automation Tools
The Amazon Echo started as a smart speaker that would stream any music you asked it to, but it’s so much more than that. It’s an entire voice controlled home automation system.
You can sync your Amazon Echo up with other devices in your home, like your router, your lights, and even your thermostat. Then, you can control them all using voice commands. Just ask Alexa to turn things on and off or adjust them as you please.
CastleOS Castle Hub
CastleOS claims to work with more smart devices than any other home system. It’s compatible with countless different switches, speakers, power outlets, sensors and security systems.
What sets it apart from other smart home systems is that it tracks your energy consumption. This means you can see exactly how much energy you’re using in your home, and even break it down by individual device.
As a result, it has the ability to make your home more energy-efficient.
Google Now was first developed to help people use their phones hands-free via voice control, making searches by just talking into a speaker. Now, it’s expanded outside of the smart phone realm to join the growing range of smart home systems.
While it doesn’t work quite as directly as some of the other options in this list, it still achieves the same result. One example is the way it integrates with Nest thermostats.
Instead of connecting directly to the thermostat, Google Now requires you to use IFTTT to link them first. After that, you can control it via email. Just send an email to yourself with the appropriate command and the temperature you want, and Google Now will do the work for you.
Apple Home Kit
Apple has paired up its well-loved virtual assistant Siri with HomeKit, a new smart home control system in iOS.
With this partnership, you can ask Siri not only to answer questions and make calculations, but to adjust lights, sounds and temperatures in your home, too.
The range of compatible devices is more limited with Apple Home Kit, but as it’s still fairly new, you can be sure that it will soon be expanding.
Homey is a small white sphere that looks somewhat like a spaceship, which is the control center for smart home functions.
There’s a range of ways you can control it. You can send commands through a smartphone application, Facebook messenger, Amazon Echo or Google Assistant. It’s multilingual, so can understand instructions in various languages, making it ideal for multi-cultural homes.
Make Your Home Smarter and Safer
Voice controlled home automation makes your life easier and your home more efficient. It can also keep you and your family safe.
Smart home security systems allow you to connect cameras, microphones and sensors around your home to your smartphone, so you can always keep an eye on what’s going on.
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