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Have you always dreamed of living in the Batcave? Surrounded by all the latest remotely operated, custom gadgets. Well, it’s possible today thanks to the ever-evolving capabilities of home automation and smart home technology. But if you want to deck out your entire house, prepare yourself for sticker shock.
What Are The Coolest Smart Home Products?
Below are door locks, video cameras, thermostats, and more — all of which are Bat-worthy.
At $193.00, this device connects to your smartphone to unlock your door for you. The Schlage Smart Lock can be locked and unlocked no matter where you are. For example, you can allow a housekeeper into your home by unlocking the door from work with your smartphone. No key necessary. You can also give out codes to others and grant them access as needed.
How it works: you send an invite through the app and select a period that certain people are invited to enter and leave your home. So for your housekeeper, if it takes 2 hours to clean your house, send an invitation for 2 hours. Once the 2 hour time period has passed the invitation expires, and your housekeeper can no longer enter your home until the next time you send an invite.
Ring is a doorbell connected to your smartphone. Anytime someone rings your doorbell, your smartphone or tablet sends you a notification. You can then answer the door whether you’re home or away. For example, if the delivery person has a package for you, you can ask them to leave it on the front step. This is all done through Ring’s app. This $99.99 device has a built-in camera as well so you can see who it is at your door.
Arlo Pro 2 is $399.99 for 2 cameras and the base station. There is no additional fee for cloud storage unless you have more than five cameras or you want your recordings stored longer than 7 days. You can view the video remotely, and it has two-way talk. It has night vision and digital zoom. The cloud storage options start at $2.99 per camera per month. It has a 130-degree view and is motion sensor activated.
Nest is a gadget you’ll want to play with constantly, but probably shouldn’t. Why? Because it may not get you the savings this device promises. This smart thermostat costs $207.99 and never stops learning about your preferred temperature, your schedule and you. Nest’s smartphone app allows you to change your thermostat settings while you’re away. This is a sexy, sleek-looking gadget for your home that can also save you cash on your electric bill as it becomes more energy-efficient over time.
Piper is a $149.99 video camera with environmental sensors that gives you a panoramic view of a room in your home. You can watch live footage via your smartphone, and it has motion and audio detectors to alert you when something is triggered.
You can purchase additional Z-Wave technology to serve your other home automation needs as well. Up to 5 Piper systems can be installed in one home so you can view footage from multiple rooms. In the case of an intrusion, you and anyone else you have set up with access to the app will receive a notification. It is then up to you to contact authorities or perhaps it was just your cat knocking a plant over. We have received feedback that the video quality is not very good, keep that in mind when making a purchasing decision.
Should I Buy A “Whole Home” System Or Item By Item?
We cover our favorite smart home technology in this review, but if those options add too much ZING! to your budget, you can still put a cool smart home (aka Batcave) in play, one bat-worthy gadget at a time by purchasing the items in this article.
Do you have experience with smart home products? What are your favorites?