Are you searching for the best google home devices? if yes? then you have landed on the perfect article.
Have you tried asking questions with Google on your smartphones?
Saying “Hey Google” or “OK Google, play relaxing music”
“OK Google, set alarm for 10 PM”
“OK Google, how much time to reach Indiranagar?”
Google home devices are quite common across households in 2019 than ever.
Now, that you have a Google home device and have been using it for a while you must have wondered, what other smart things can be added to my house?
How can I make menial tasks fun and save time?
How can I turn my normal home to a smart home?
If these are the questions and thoughts you have, you have arrived at the right place!
This post is for anyone who already has any Google home device (Speakers, mini, larger one, etc) and wants to buy more devices to save their time and automate menial tasks in their house and eventually turn it into a much smarter home.
We will discuss three categories and some top products within them to turn your home into a smart home.
- 1 1. Smart Lights
- 2 2. Smart Plugs
- 3 3. Smart Security Cameras
1. Smart Lights
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Smart bulbs are a large part of home automation. Having them in place at your home allows you to take greater control of the lighting. You can control them using your Android or iOS phone, and even brighten them by giving voice commands to your smart speakers like Google Home or Amazon Alexa. And many modern smart bulbs have the ability to cycle between various colors to suit your mood. Therefore, if there are multiple such smart bulbs in one room, you can create a nice atmosphere.
Syska’s Smart Light offers a lot of value at a low price. It covers the spectrum of colors and renders 3 million color options. This Wi-Fi powered smart bulb can be controlled by Syska’s app, and even by voice commands issued to your phone or smart speaker. You can even set these bulbs to light up when you get notified on your phone, or when your alarm is ringing. It does not need a hub to work.
The Xiaomi Yeelight RGBW E27 Smart LED Bulb is an addition to the Xiaomi Yeelight series that enhances the lighting experience of everyday life. It offers you the most amazing ambient lighting and features 16 million colors of RGB light and adjustable white light of 1700-6500K for your smart home.
With WiFi, you can control your light from your bedroom to your backyard. Furthermore, it has a super long life of up to 11 years. So you don’t even have to think about replacing bulbs.
Another company that makes great smart bulbs at relatively smart prices is TP-Link, mainly known for its WIFI hardware products. TP-Link LB120 smart LED bulbs to change color and work efficiently with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, just like Phillips Hue and Syska smart bulbs. The thing to note here is that the first two bulbs on the list are India’s most popular bulb sockets, and probably feature the same B22 socket as is currently used in your home. So, before buying the smart bulbs on the list, check your home appliances to see which bulb sockets are compatible with your home.
2. Smart Plugs
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Use Smarteefi Android / iOS app to turn your HEAVY POWER appliances (AC, geysers, heaters, water motor pumps, washing machines) on and off anytime and anywhere.
A major feature is the weekly and Daily Scheduling aspect. For example, if you schedule AC to power off at 4 am and have another Smarteefi switch in the same room, you can power on the fans at 4 AM You can schedule the geysers and water motor pumps to operate automatically at scheduled times. For example, if your water supply is 5 am, you do not have to wake up at 5 am. You can start and stop automatically at 5 am.
Apart from the scheduling function, it also provides the COUNTDOWN TIMER. Assuming you want to start the motor for only 30 minutes instead of the scheduled time you choose, the motor will turn off automatically after 30 minutes. Even if a power failure occurs, the motor will not start if it starts using the COUNTDOWN TIMER.
It provides a notification function (even if you are not, you can be notified if someone turns your appliance on or off at your home). The whole family can be controlled on their mobile phones using the same login credentials. Also compatible with ROMA / ANCHOR modular switch plates or switch plates of similar design.
Using the product, you can create a customized schedule for your appliance so that it runs on schedule. You will find that automating your device will help streamline your routine for more efficient households. The advantages are as follows:
- Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
- Works with IFTTT
- Push Notification
- Schedule feature
- Group Function
- Device Sharing
- Timer Function
- Energy saving
VARNA Wi-Fi Smart Plug can be controlled from anywhere via the free “Smart Life” or “Tuya Smart” app. You also have the basic Hands-free voice control with your voice. Along with this, you can create a customized schedule for your appliance.
You can check the tech specifications on the Amazon page for clarifications. Most people have a good experience with the product so far and is playing well in the Indian market.
3. Smart Security Cameras
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When it comes to your family security, choose nothing but the best. This product is easy to set up and operate and no installation service is required.
Just connect the power and, the live view of your home or office will always be displayed on your mobile phone/tablet. You can have cloud recording and keep them on the servers even if the camera is stolen/broken/lost and it supports 128gb SD card also for local backups. Along with this, you have remote control 360 rotation and night vision (up to 10 meters)
Lastly, there is a 1-year warranty and customer support in India so you are protected on any issues/problems also.
This a consumer favorite and another one of Xiaomi’s products. It’s packed with many features like all Xiaomi Products:
- rotates 360 degrees and tilts up and down 45 degrees. Comes with an SD Card 64gb storage capability.
- You will be able to monitor the feed from the camera in real time, which has a built-in microphone that allows you to listen to any audio the camera picks up.
- You have a virtual D-pad that allows you to move and pan the camera from your mobile phone, and you can select the video quality and start recording footage directly from within Mi Home.
- One particular feature I like is the night vision mode. The Mi Home Security Camera 360 has 10 IR LEDs that can detect motion up to 9 meters away at night. The Mi Home app also has a call feature that basically works like an intercom. You will be able to dial the camera, which will broadcast your voice through the built-in speakers.
Smarty offers an interesting camera with crystal clear quality and 720p videos. Offering many modes like Intercom mode, hands-free mode, etc it’s a multi-purpose device with decent reviews and growing popularity in the market.
In addition, it offers cloud recording and also supports up to 128 GB SD card.
Those were the 3 categories and 9 products we would recommend to start with to build your Smart home. Happy shopping!