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Smart Home Devices Under $100

Smart home devices do not have to be expensive.  Check out some affordable and handy smart home devices, all under $100.

Roost Batteries

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Looking for a Nest Smoke Detector alternative that won't cost you a few hundred bucks? Try the Roost Batteries which can turn any existing smoke alarm into a smart device just by replacing the batteries. You can turn your alarms on and off from your smartphone as well as be alerted when it goes off. A single pack of Roost Batteries can be bought on Amazon.com for $34.97.

 

Microbot Push

Simply put - this is button makes dumb things smart. Any device that has a push button to turn it on, can have the Microbot Push added to it and instantly make it powered on remotely. From light switches to coffee makers to crockbots, the Microbot Push is arguably the simplest smart home device on the market. A pack of 2 will only cost you $59.

 

Noke Locks

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Pronounced "No-Key," the Noke Locks solve the simple problem of dealing with keys or combinations for locking things in and around your home. The Noke can replace the lock on the shed in the back or that padlock on the cage in the basement of your beach condo where you store your stuff or even that chain lock for parking your bike in front of your brownstone. It looks just like any padlock, but can be controlled by your smartphone to unlock it from anywhere. The Noke Padlock retails for $69.99.

 

Temp Traq

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The Temp Traq doesn't necessarily make your actual home smarter, but it certainly simplifies part of life inside it for those with small children. One of the hassles of parenting is trying to monitor the temperature of your sick child. There's the head thermometer that you're not quite sure how to use properly.

There's the thermometer that goes under your tongue that never stays in place. And then there's that other thermometer that goes somewhere else and you're a little grossed out every time you have to use it...you know what I mean. The Temp Traq is basically a thermometer band aid. You stick it on your child and you can monitor his/her temperature throughout the day and even while they sleep right from your smartphone. Plus it can send you an alert if their temperature spikes so you can keep tabs on when they need closer attention.

One Temp Traq will cost you only $24.99.

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What is a Smart Home?

What is a Smart Home?

Selling Your Home? - Make Your Home Smart!

A Smart Home Is...A home equipped with lighting, heating and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer. You can contact your smart home on the Internet to make sure the dinner is cooked, the central heating is on, the curtains are drawn and the gas fire is on when you get home.

After figuring out what a smart home is my next questions is - Do I Need A Smart Home? The Chart above shares some good information as to why I would want a smart home. The research shows 72% of people with smart home technology feel more secure, 62% feel more connected to their home. Another reason a smart home is a good investment for me is that buyers are now looking for homes with smart technology.

How Do I Begin? To figured this out I turned to the technology leaders at Coldwell Banker and found them in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Consumer Electronics Show. This is a trade show filled with the newest available technology for your smart home. Here is an interview with Jeff Lyman, CMO of Vivint, good conversation about devices, cost effectiveness and new technologies coming soon. Click here - Smart Homes at the Coldwell Banker Blog to learn more about making your home smart!

 

 

Smart Home Series-The Smart Outlet

I recently came across this post about the "Smart Outlet" and I just had to read about what this latest smart home gadget has to offer. ConnectSense is a WiFi connected double outlet that fits over any existing outlet in your home. It has two ports that can be controlled individually over your home's WiFi network and also boasts USB charging posts. After downloading the ConnectSense app you can control the outlet from your smartphones and even set up rules for when outlets should be turned on and off based on the time of day. How cool is this? It only takes 5 minutes to set up and it can be used with Apple Home Kit.

Click here for more information and learn about the Smart Outlet. For all of your questions, contact me today.

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