Want to automate your lighting without replacing your existing bulbs with smart ones? Check out Orro. It’s a tiny computer in the form of a touchscreen light switch. It uses sensors to detect your presence and automatically adjust your lights, whether they’re dimmable or not.
JBL’s Link Bar is a soundbar that has Android TV and Google Assistant built-in, which means it pairs well with all HDTVs, even ones without built-in smart features. It lets you use your voice to search for shows, switch inputs, ask questions, control your smart devices and more.
Klipsch’s stylish The Three Bluetooth speaker now comes with Google Assistant. Use it for voice control, connect to your smart devices and search for the weather, news and more. It still has the same room-filling stereo sound and mid-century modern design.
Securmate is an entrance sensor that connects to your phone and home automation devices via Wi-Fi. It supports IFTTT, so you can make your lights, security cameras and other smart devices activate when your door or window is opened. It can also send alerts to your phone.
Turn Touch is a minimalist programmable remote control with a genuine wood case. You can set it to control most smart devices that connect over Wi-Fi, such as Sonos speakers, Philips Hue lights and smart locks. It can also control Mac and iOS devices.
The Mycroft Mark II is a voice-operated A.I. assistant. Unlike Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri, it’s open source, which means any programmer can inspect and improve its software. It also won’t sell your data to advertisers, and by default it does not store your voice prompts.
The successor to the Play:1, the Sonos One is a great speaker and a great listener. It comes with Amazon’s Alexa, so you can use your voice to play music, search online, control smart appliances and more. It will soon be updated to have Google Assistant as well.
Amazon updates its family of Alexa-enabled devices. The 2017 Echo speaker has a more compact design, with better speakers and voice recognition. The new Echo Plus is also a speaker but with a built-in smart home hub. The Echo Spot is a smaller version of the Echo Show.
The Moon camera has a base that allows for magnetic levitation and wireless charging. But it’s more than a floating eye. It can rotate itself towards a source of sound, and act as a home automation controller. It even has an IR blaster to control older appliances.