What’s a home automation system without a good app to control everything? It’s like having a TV without a remove. An app for your smartphone or tablet is what ultimately sets apart a cool product from a smart product. While there are currently more than 800,000 apps available, we’re going to look at the 5 smartest home automation apps:
This app is likely on every single list when it comes to home automation. This free app connects with the many SmartThings products, from a smart home hub to sensors and outlets. The app acts like a remote control for just about any device you want to control, from windows to lamps to your thermostat to your coffee maker. Since SmartThings technology is open, you can pair it with any compatible device. If there’s a problem, like you left the lights on, you can remotely turn them off.
WeMo is a device made by Belkin that makes any device you plug into the wall a smart device. So, with WeMo, you can make your hairdryer, coffeemaker, lamp, and stereo all smart devices. Then, with the WeMo app, you can control those devices remotely. Turn them on or off, automate them to turn on or off on a specific schedule, and more.
ADT Monitoring is one of the most popular home security systems for homeowners. As intelligent as the security system is already, its Pulse app makes it even smarter. With the app, you can monitor your home remotely. You can receive text messages and emails updating you on the status of your home, arm and disarm the alarm, and even use it to automate your home. If you connect your home security system with your smart thermostat, door locks, and lights, you can control them, too, all through the app.
DirecTV’s app is like Siri for your TV. With voice control, you can speak your commands into the app, such as “Record Seinfeld re-runs” or “What movies are on HBO tonight?” Forget to record something on your DVR? No problem. You can record shows remotely, watch movies on your iPad, and more.
Is this a totally necessary app? No. Is it fun and cool? Most certainly. As you most likely know, Philips Hue are smart light bulbs. You can change their colors based on your mood or the room they’re used in. With the app, you can easily adjust the contrast, color, and tone of the light to change a room’s ambience with a few finger taps. This is a must for entertainers who love to go full out when hosting parties. And thanks to the app, you don’t even need a lightswitch for the light.
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