With the increasingly sophisticated hardware found in today’s smartphones, it seems like there’s practically no limit to what they can do. The latest smartphone models from manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung can do everything from keep track of your daily activity, to shoot high-definition video. However, built-in smartphone features are just scratching the surface when it comes to unlocking your mobile device’s full potential. Thanks to the power of mobile apps and the burgeoning market for smart products that can connect to the “Internet of Things,” most of today’s smartphones can also be used as remote controls for a wide variety of previously “dumb” home appliances. Here are five awesome home gadgets that you can control with your smartphone.
1. Roybens Smart Bluetooth LED Light Bulb
Bring the power of your mobile device to the lighting in your home with the Roybens Smart Bluetooth LED Light Bulb. This customized color-changing lightbulb features over 16 million supported colors that can be controlled with your smartphone using the free MagicLight app. Besides allowing you to customize your own lighting colors and schedule when your lights turn on and off, the MagicLight app also includes a Music Sync feature that will automatically change the lighting to match your music. And for people that want to turn their home into a disco, the app allows you to control up to 50 bulbs as a group. Just remember to get the bulb that is compatible with your mobile device’s operating system — iOS or Android. You can find the Roybens Smart Bluetooth LED Light Bulb here.
2. Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell
Never worry about missing an important visitor again with the Ring Video Doorbell. This Wi-Fi-enabled high-definition video doorbell allows you to see and talk to visitors who approach your door from anywhere in the world, via a free iOS and Android Ring app. Thanks to the doorbell’s built-in motion sensor, the HD camera with night vision records any visitor who approaches within 30 feet of the device, whether or not they ring the doorbell. Video footage can be automatically uploaded to the cloud, ensuring that you never miss any activity in front of your house, day or night. The video doorbell can be powered by its internal rechargeable battery or connect to a home’s existing doorbell wiring. You can find the Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell here.
3. Mr. Coffee Smart Wi-Fi-Enabled WeMo 10-Cup Optimal Brew Coffeemaker
The Mr. Coffee Smart Wi-Fi-Enabled Coffeemaker is basically the next best thing to having a coffee-serving robot in your house. The free WeMo app allows you to schedule brew times, adjust coffee strength, or get reminders about your next pot of coffee, all through your smartphone. The WeMo app is available on both Android and iOS-powered devices and can be accessed via 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi. Besides its remote control capabilities, this coffeemaker also features an insulated carafe that keeps coffee hot and a sleek modern design that looks like it came straight from the future. A must-have device for techie coffee lovers. You can find the Mr. Coffee Smart Wi-Fi-Enabled WeMo 10-Cup Optimal Brew Coffeemaker here.
4. Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation
Save energy and control your thermostat from your mobile device with the third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat. As its name suggests, the Nest Learning Thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature based on your schedule and previous preferred settings. However, you can also control your thermostat from anywhere in the world with the Nest app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. The app lets you track your energy usage so you can determine the most energy-efficient temperature settings for your home. According to the manufacturer, the amount of money that the Nest Learning Thermostat will save in energy bills will allow most users to recoup the cost of the device within two years. You can find the third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat here.
5. Parrot Flower Power – Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Bluetooth Smart Plant Sensor with Free dedicated App
Whether you’re a novice gardener or an experienced green thumb, it’s easy to forget to take care of your plants. After all, it’s not like they can call you on your smartphone when they’re thirsty. Or can they? The Parrot Flower Power is a wireless device that monitors your plants in real time and alerts you if one of them needs attention. Simply insert the Parrot Flower Power sensor into a pot or in the open ground and the device will send periodic updates to your iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth low energy technology. The free Parrot Flower Power App allows you to track all the key gardening metrics, including soil moisture, fertilizer, ambient temperature, and light intensity. The app includes custom plant care advice for over 6,000 varieties of plants. You can find the Parrot Flower Power – Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Bluetooth Smart Plant Sensor here.
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