There are now more and more people equipping their houses with smart home devices, mainly due to their incredible energy efficiency, security, and the convenience they offer. In fact, research firm Berg Insight shares that 63 million American homes will qualify as “smart” by 2022, showing how smart home automation is a disruptive innovation that is here to stay for good.
However, looking around for smart devices for your home can be daunting, with a huge number of products being launched every year. To help you out with your shopping list, here’s a list of some of the best smart home devices around the world.
1. United States – Arlo Ultra
Burglary is the second most prevalent crime in the United States. On average, crime statistics from the FBI reveal that a burglary happens once every 23 seconds. Since burglary is a huge issue in the country, more and more homeowners are turning to smart home devices like the Arlo Ultra, to secure their homes and deter burglars.
Ultra is the most advanced security camera Arlo offers. It’s a wireless, weatherproof outdoor security camera that records and streams videos in 4K or Ultra High Definition. With the Arlo Ultra, homeowners can easily monitor their whole property through their phones with its zoom-in precision, 24/7 on-going recording, and 180-degree field vision.
Another feature that makes Ultra a great deterrent to burglars is its integrated spotlight, which turns on whenever it detects any motion in its range of view. All this makes the Arlo Ultra a well-designed device that homeowners can rely on for home security.
2. Singapore – Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2
Singapore is known for being a tech-savvy country, with more than 80% of Singaporeans being internet users. It’s not surprising to know that a lot of homeowners in Singapore have a small mountain of Xiaomi devices at home. But one Xiaomi device that stands out for Singaporeans is their air purifier, as the city ranks among the world’s worst cities for air quality.
The Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2 is a smart purifier that absorbs polluted air in the room through its air ducts and releases treated breathable air from the top. It runs in 3 modes: auto, sleep, and favorite. When in auto mode, the purifier automatically switches between modes according to the environment.
One of the best features of the Mi Air Purifier 2 is that it connects to your smartphone and allows you to have full control of the purifier and monitor the pollution level in your room, wherever you may be.
3. United Kingdom – HomeServe LeakBot
Water leakage from pipes in the UK is an ongoing problem that costs UK homes and businesses thousands of pounds every single year — a problem that is made worse by droughts. Because of this, more than 20% of water is lost before it even reaches homes.
But homeowners are still looking to do what they can to help. In this light, UK plumbing specialists HomeServe have sought to find ways to prevent and detect water leaks efficiently through smart technology. As part of their initiative for ensuring the health of plumbing systems across the country, they have also rolled out a smart device for automated detection called LeakBot, which serves to find water leaks and help UK homeowners do their part on reducing wastage.
The device even sends out alerts to your phone for preventive maintenance needs and emergency repairs. This way, even the smallest and hidden leaks that can cause big damage over time are quickly detected and fixed with the help of LeakBot.
4. Australia – Ring Video Doorbell Pro
With more than 9 million Australians shopping online, Australia has seen a sharp rise in the number of stolen parcels from “porch pirates”. This is a huge issue, because aside from the items being stolen, porch pirates can also get access to homeowners’ personal information in the process. And as such, a lot of Australians have been beefing up their home security with smart home devices like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.
The Video Doorbell Pro is a smart doorbell that boasts 1080HD video and two-way audio. Its dedicated advanced motion control is what makes it a great device for protecting packages sent to your porch. This feature will notify users through the app when the Video Doorbell Pro detects any motion. If a package arrives and you’re not at home, you can talk to the delivery person through the two-way talk feature, to either place it somewhere safer or for them to redeliver it at a later time.
There are so many great smart home devices that can help improve our homes and daily lives, but a common problem that smart homeowners face is “dead places” in their homes with weak to zero Wi-Fi signal. Wireless access points is a solution for these dead places, and in our article on the ‘Best Wireless Access Points of 2019’, we’ve listed the best wireless access points to help you decide which one to buy for your home.