Owning a fully automated smart home is possible in 2018. But are you ready for the ultimate home automation experience? It’s still possible to do without a few of these handy gadgets but the timeline for fully analog homes is closing fast.

As a result, it’s more important than ever for you to familiarize yourself with the cutting edge of smart home technology. These are the amazing new time and energy saving tools that are fast changing the way we enjoy our time at home, in 2018 and beyond. Here’s a list of some of this year’s most impressive smart home products.

Amazon Echo

For many home owners, the latest version of Amazon Echo represents the pinnacle of the new wave of smart home automation devices. It’s certainly one of the best selling and most visible of these new products. Echo is a voice activated system that allows you to hear music, make calls, and perform many other important tasks.

Echo is fully compatible with a very wide range of apps, including Spotify, Uber, Domino’s, Pandora, IFTTT, and Audible. Beyond that, Echo is responsible for giving the world Alexa, she of the ingratiating voice and a thousand gadget control applications.

Nest Cam

The Nest Cam is the latest generation of the legendary Drop Cam. And if you are interested in modernizing – by which we mean fully automating – your home security system, this is the model you need to do it. It’s a WiFi camera that works in conjunction with Alexa.

Need a nice sharp picture of a possible intruder to share with local police and the web? This baby films in 1080p, the full HD. And if you want to give a burglar a nasty scare, it even has a two way audio system for you to communicate with them.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Another great home automation product from Nest is the amazing new Learning Thermostat. This is a fully intelligent thermostat that is able to adjust to the temperature you set for it and then memorize over a week’s time your preferred settings.

Do you like to set the heat at a certain temperature during the night and then adjust it to a lower level in the morning? After a week of absorbing your preferred settings, the Nest Learning Thermostat will automatically adjust itself to meet your needs. This is the ultimate in smart, adaptable technology.

Philips Hue

The new Philips Hue is being hailed as the best new smart light system of 2018. What this means for you is that you can now control up to 50 light bulbs in your home from a single hub. When you need every light on, every light off, or some variation thereof, you can use the Philips Hue to accomplish your goal within seconds.

You can preset the Philips Hue to turn off and on at certain times during your absence. This is the best way to keep your home brightly lit and off the radar of intruders.

Nest Protect

The new Nest Protect is many industry experts’ pick for the best smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector of 2018. The Nest Protect is able to inform you by voice exactly when and where smoke or carbon monoxide is detected. If you are out of the house, it will also send this message direct to your phone.

Because its mission is so important, the Nest Protect is also able to inform when its batteries are getting too low for the unit to function. You can turn the unit on or off manually or via your phone, making this a truly smart life saving device.

Tado

If you have been searching for a smart control device for your air conditioner, the new Tado is definitely worth your attention. It’s true that most smart devices up to now have tended to shorten the lives of appliances like air conditioners, but the Tado is a true exception to the rule.

All you have to do is place the Tado next to your window AC unit. The device uses special infrared commands to take the place of your AC’s remote control. From there, you can monitor and control the Tabo from your smartphone.

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