THE BEST Home Automation

Amazon Fire TV Cube

Amazon Fire TV Cube

The Fire TV Cube is a 4K media streaming device with Amazon’s Alexa assistant. It lets you control your TV, sound system and cable box with your voice. Like other Alexa devices, it also lets you operate home automation devices, look up information online and more.

Securmate Wireless Entrance Sensor

Securmate Wireless Entrance Sensor

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.

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Turn Touch Smart Home Remote Control

Turn Touch Smart Home Remote Control

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.

Naran Sense Smart Sensor

Naran Sense Smart Sensor

Naran’s MicroBot Sense is a tiny Bluetooth device that provides information through an app about a wealth of inputs, from movement and vibration to temperature and light. It supports Amazon Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT and Webhooks.

HAL 9000 Interactive Replica

HAL 9000 Interactive Replica

Master Replicas’ upcoming Full Scale HAL 9000 replica responds to lines from 2001: A Space Odyssey with the appropriate lines. But it’s also an Amazon Echo device, which means you can use it to play music, ask questions, control smart home devices and more.

Mycroft Mark II A.I. Assistant

Mycroft Mark II A.I. Assistant

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.

Sonos One with Amazon Alexa

Sonos One with Amazon Alexa

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 Echo, Echo Plus & Echo Spot

Amazon Echo, Echo Plus & Echo Spot

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.

Moon Levitating Camera

Moon Levitating Camera

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.

Anker Eufy Genie Smart Speaker

Anker Eufy Genie Smart Speaker

From Anker’s Eufy line of smart appliances comes the Genie. It’s an affordable way to access Amazon’s Alexa, the voice-controlled virtual assistant. The Genie doesn’t have Bluetooth and it only has a 2W speaker, but it’s as responsive as Amazon’s gadgets.

Sandman Doppler Alarm Clock

Sandman Doppler Alarm Clock

Palo Alto Innovation’s Sandman Doppler has stereo speakers, six USB charging ports and is Alexa-enabled. It also has shortcut buttons for your favorite Alexa commands and macros, and an auto-dimming RGB LED display.

DIY Cortana Holographic AI Assistant

DIY Cortana Holographic AI Assistant

Web developer unt1tled made his own virtual assistant based on Windows’ Cortana. What makes it stand out is that he built an accompanying holographic image by reflecting a custom-made 3D animation from a monitor to three panes of glass.

Amazon Echo Show

Amazon Echo Show

Amazon’s latest virtual assistant has a built-in 7″ touchscreen display and a 5MP camera. The Echo Show lets you watch short videos from Amazon, YouTube etc., control and interact with smart gadgets, video call with other Echo Show users and more.

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MicroBot Push 2

MicroBot Push 2

The MicroBot Push 2 lets you wirelessly control and automate almost anything that has a button or a switch. It works with IFTTT, Amazon Alexa, WeMo and more. The Push 2 has quieter gears than the original, as well as a timer feature and touchscreen compatibility.

Sevenhugs SmartRemote

Sevenhugs SmartRemote

A contextual remote control for smart appliances. SmartRemote will come with an app and three location modules that plug into bulb sockets, allowing it to identify which device you’re pointing at and change its interface accordingly. Drops 9/16.

Nanoleaf Smart Bulbs

Nanoleaf Smart Bulbs

Nanoleaf’s unusual LED bulb supports Apple’s HomeKit, so you can control them with voice commands via Siri. Its wireless control hub and mobile app can be used to control other HomeKit-compatible bulbs as well.

Knocki Gesture Remote Control

Knocki Gesture Remote Control

Knocki lets you automate your home or trigger your phone just by tapping or knocking. It senses vibration (not sound) on a variety of hard surfaces, and you can assign knock patterns to different functions.

NOEM Spaceship Home

NOEM Spaceship Home

NOEM made the Spaceship Home for a customer who wanted to enjoy the great view of their lot in Madrid, Spain. Aside from its Space Age exterior, the first thing you see when you open its front door is its retro sci-fi home automation controls.

Neeo Universal Remote

Neeo Universal Remote

A universal remote that can control over 30,000 devices via infrared, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave and more. You can get just the core and use the free iOS or Android app as a remote or get the bundle that comes with the Neeo remote.

Onecue

Onecue

Onecue lets you use gestures to control your appliances. It works with devices that use infrared or Wi-Fi remote control, no wires needed. However, like a standard remote it will need line of sight for infrared transmissions.

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Haven Home Lock

Haven Home Lock

The Haven smart lock is anchored at the base of your door, so it’s immune to lock picking and can withstand more stress compared to deadbolt locks. Toggle it through its app or integrate it into your home automation setup.

Tado AC Remote Control

Tado AC Remote Control

Tado modernizes air conditioners. It works with any IR remote-controlled AC unit, letting you manage it from your mobile device. Using your phone’s GPS and Bluetooth capabilities, Tado can also automatically turn your AC on or off.

Prizm Home Hub

Prizm Home Hub

A control center for your home’s locks, lights, shades, security system, thermostats and more using a companion smartphone or tablet app. Compatible with Z-Wave devices. Demo video here.

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