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5 amazing gadgets that will transform your house into a smart home

Posted on 4 July 2016

You don’t need to be a technology expert to transform your house into a smart home, nor do you need an endless supply of cash. From smart meters and thermostats to internet connected appliances you can control from anywhere, achieving your dream of living in a smart home is becoming more achievable by the day.

If you think your house could do with an upgrade, here are 5 amazing gadgets that will help you start transforming it into a smart home.

1) Philips Hue

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Philips are leading the way when it comes to smart lighting with their Hue system. Not only does Hue allow you to control your lighting direct from your smartphone, altering brightness and even colour, you can also create personalised lighting schedules. The newest system, Hue 2.0, even integrates with platforms like Siri and OK Google, adding voice control functionality.

Philips Hue Starter Kit is available from £134.99

2) Amazon Echo

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It’s been a year since Amazon first introduced the Echo in the US, and the device has gone from strength to strength. While at first glance it may look like your run of the mill Bluetooth speaker, the Amazon Echo is much more than that. The in-built personal assistant, Alexa, works in a similar way to Siri and OK Google, answering questions, reporting traffic and weather updates, and much more. Echo also integrates with a number of other devices and services, including Philips Hue, WeMo and Wink.

Amazon Echo is awaiting release in the UK, but is available from Amazon US for $179.99

3) Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock

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With Yale’s Smart Lock, you can say goodbye to your keys without saying goodbye to security. You get a number of options for how you want to open your door, including a PIN code, key card, key tag, remote fob, and even directly from your smartphone if the device is connected to a smart home system.

Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock is available from £132

4) iRobot Roomba 980

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Hate cleaning but can’t stand living in a messy house? Well say hello to the Roomba 980, the latest vacuum from iRobot. Building on the success of its predecessors, the Roomba 980 drives itself around your home, hoovering surfaces as it goes, before returning itself to its charging port. What makes this model stand out, however, is the fact that it connects to your home Wi-Fi network, allowing you to remotely control it via your smartphone.

iRobot Roomba 980 is available from £799.99

5) Samsung SmartThings

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With so many different brands releasing a variety of different internet-connected gadgets for your home, it can soon become difficult to keep track of them all. Samsung SmartThings works as a smart hub for your home, effectively connecting all of your smart home technology together and allowing you to control them all from wherever you are via the SmartThings app. The list of different devices SmartThings is compatible with is growing by the day, and included Yale Smart Locks, Philips Hue lighting, Sonos sound systems and more.

Samsung SmartThings Starter Pack is available from £199

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