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With Thanksgiving around the corner, it is the perfect time to gift your loved ones something different. With the growing craze in the home automation industry, we have curated the top 5 products that can serve as thoughtful gifts.
Google Smart Light Starter Kit
The Google Smart Light Starter Kit is ideal for those who want entry to home automation without fussing with too much too soon. The Smart Light Starter Kit comes with a Google Home Mini with a GE C-Life smart bulb.
It makes an ideal gift for the elderly as they can control the lighting with simple commands using the assistant. Apart from lighting, the assistant is also able to control other home automated devices such as video doorbell and smart locks. Hence, it is also a great investment they want to automate their home entirely in the future.
Retailing at around $55, it provides you maximum value for your money.
- Fair price and value
- GE C-Life LED smart bulb that can be controlled remotely
- Easy setup process
- Get 760 lumens of brightness in less than 10 watts
- Cannot dim or change the color of the bulb
- The smart bulb cannot be controlled via other smart speakers such as Amazon Echo
Q-See WiFi Pan Tilt Camera
While it may look like a mini home robot, it is actually a surveillance camera. It boasts 360-degree rotation, 4MP HD Plus resolution, memory card (optional), night vision, motion alert, 2-way audio, and 16x digital zoom. You can control the camera through your smartphone or tablet. It is also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Priced at $199, what better way to say ‘I care for you’ than gifting this smart camera?
- Minimal false triggers
- Safeguards your home 24/7
- Camera range extends to over 30 feet even in pitch darkness
- Should have Wi-Fi and power outlet connected at all the times
- Does not support 5GHz Wi-Fi
Maximus Smart Craftsman Security Light
Another great gift on the security front is the Maximus Smart Craftsman Security Light. With easy installation and Bluetooth-enabled, it can take 15 minutes or less to complete the whole set up.
The bundle includes the mounting hardware, hooks, screws, and nuts.
As it is Bluetooth-enabled, you can sync it with your existing smart lights. It gives you the flexibility of operating it with Alexa and Google Assistant.
It is one of the most sturdy and aesthetically appealing smart lights as it is contained in a frosted glass along with casting aluminum. Although this smart light does not have a security camera, it is compatible with Maximus Craftsman Porch Light Camera which offers HD resolution and two-way audio.
The companion lights (without camera) retail for approximately $108 and can go up to around $196 if you decide to install it with the camera.
- Artistic design
- Straightforward installation
- Ease of use
- 1-year warranty
- You may need to pay extra to avail all the features of the smart light
Wemo Mini WiFi Smart Plug
Wemo Smart plug lets you control your electronic devices such as lamps, heaters, etc. through your existing Wi-Fi, without requiring any additional hub or subscription. You get the convenience of operating these devices through your smartphone or tablet via the free Wemo app. However, you can still operate the devices using voice commands via Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri.
They also have energy reporting in their app which allows you to monitor which devices use the high power and help you save on your utility bills.
It retails at approximately $30, and is a great gift if you are on a budget!
- Sleek and compact
- Wemo app may have glitches
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance bulbs are the life of home automation. These beauties offer a broad range from warm daylight white to cool daylight white. Along with this extensive range, you can configure and customize your bulbs from 16 million different colors, and set them according to your mood and required ambiance.
In the starter kit, you will be provided with the hub to achieve maximum functionality with the smart bulbs. You can also control the lights via the hub, with your smart speaker using voice commands and through your smartphone.
Since you already will have the hub in this starter kit, you can add up to 50 Philips Hue bulbs separately. The starter kit retails at approximately $180.
- Ease of installation
- Automation options
With ever-changing lifestyles, we at Smart Home 360 strive to keep you updated about how to make your home smarter, and your life easier. Established in the year 2019, our aim is to find the latest tools, tips, products, trends, and inventions in the home automation industry. We devote hours, days and even weeks to research about sprouting technologies, home security companies, and the gizmos that they offer.