What is Internet of the Things?
The Internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these things to connect, collect and exchange data, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, resulting in efficiency improvements, economic benefits, and reduced human exertions.
In short, connected environment or connected home.
According to Wikipedia, The number of IoT devices increased 31% year-over-year to 8.4 billion in the year 2017 and it is estimated that there will be 30 billion devices by 2020. The global market value of IoT is projected to reach $7.1 trillion by 2020.
I was one of the luck people to unbox and installed this connected devices to my home and experienced the convenience of having a smart gadgets. You can also check my Youtube channel about these smart things.
So here goes :
The first one I opened is the 2nd generation Amazon Echo .
Echo is a brand of smart speakers developed by Amazon.com. The devices connect to the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa, which responds to the name “Alexa”. This “wake word” can be changed by the user to “Amazon”, “Echo” or “Computer”.
The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real-time information. It can also control several smart devices acting as a home automation hub.
New speaker, now with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. Echo can fill the room with 360° omnidirectional audio. Adjust the treble, mid, and bass levels with your voice.
With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction—even while music is playing. Please check my unboxing HERE.
Then, I also unbox and installed the Kwikset Kevo Smart Deadbolt lock on my front door which Alexa can communicate as well.
The Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt takes this concept to a new level. Just keep your smartphone (or an electronic key fob) on you, and simply touch the deadbolt with your finger to unlock your door.
Kevo 2nd Gen provides the same trusted touch-to-open smart lock experience available in Kevo 1st Gen teamed with a refined user experience, sleeker design and added security features.
This Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt can be locked or unlocked by touching the exterior side of the deadbolt, or with a key or fob (not included) from the outside, as well as the turnpiece from the inside. You can watch my installation on Kevo HERE.
Kevo can also integrate with my Ring Door Bell and my Ring Floodlights. With the help Justin from JPD electrical Solution who installed my Two Ring Floodlights in front my house and at the back plus Ctec Wifi Smart Switch.
The Ring Floodlight Camera is motion activated and has built-in floodlights that will shine brightly if there’s an intruder on your property. It features 2 way audio functionality so you can talk to whoever’s outside .
With object and person detection, Floodlight Cam has the most advanced motion sensors in home security. Its 270° field-of-view will let you detect motion around corners and monitor all your blind spots.
- 1080 HD camera with two-way talk and smart digital zoom
- Customisable motion zones and scheduling
- Remote-activated 110-decibel alarm
- 3K Lumen LED floodlights
- Night vision, Wi-Fi connected, weather resistant
The Ctech Wifi Smart Switch from Smartliving.com.au is cheapest and easiest way to make your home a smart home!
If you only need a ‘simple’ home automation setup then these Wi-Fi enabled wall switches are for you.No additional smart home controller required since all intelligence is in the switch and app. Control and monitor your lights & appliances from anywhere in the word using your smart phone and by the way the can integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google home.
You can check the installation of Ring Floods lights and WIFI switches.HERE
When you says protect your home from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning, the Nest Protect is your answer.
Nest Protect has been redesigned from the inside out. It has a Split‑Spectrum Sensor, tests itself automatically and lasts for up to a decade. It’s also the first home alarm that you can silence from your phone without any extra hardware required. And it tells you what’s wrong and can even alert your phone.
Get alerts on your mobile.
Nest Protect sends you a message when there’s a problem or the batteries are running low.
Tells you what, and where.
Nest Protect speaks up if there’s smoke or CO and tells you where it is so that you know what to do.
Sees the CO that you can’t.
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, poisonous gas. Nest Protect tells you where it’s hiding.
A light in the dark.
Nest Protect usually has its light turned off, but when you walk underneath it, Pathlight can light your way.
Every second counts.
The Split-Spectrum Sensor looks for both fast- and slow-burning fires.
Silence from the Nest app.
Just burned the toast? Silence the false alarm with your mobile, not your tea towel.
Up to 10 years life span.
Nest Protect’s long-lasting sensors keep you safe and sound for up to a decade.
Sleep safely and soundly.
Nightly Promise is a quick green glow that can be seen when you turn off the lights, letting you know everything’s working as it should.
The only issues with the NEST protect in AUSTRALIA ,if you buy a Mains Connected 240 V Connector not a Australian standard electrical compliance and I recommended to get the long-battery operated one. Check my NEST protect. HERE.
If you want tell Alexa or Google Assistance to change the colors of your lights, then LIFX smart lights is for you.
LIFX smart lights let you create unique experiences in your home, wirelessly. Control and automate your lights with the LIFX App, voice assistants and other leading smart home technologies.
Inspired by the sun, Day & Dusk automation tailors the brightness, color and temperature of your lights to compliment your day with each section of designed to enhance your health and lifestyle.
-Set your wake up time and ease into the morning with soft daylight whites
-During the day, stay active with natural and bright white tones
-As the evening sets in, a calming amber glow will help unwind
-When bedtime comes around, your lights fade to a dim night light or to completely off
Day Dusk settings are completely customizable and designed to function around your day. You can set the routine to run only on the days you want and simply turn off sections that don’t fit in with your schedule. The choice is yours.
Everything You Need
With all the intelligence built into the light, it is easy to kick start your connected home. No technical skills or additional hardware needed.
No need for a hub or messy hardware. Just plug in, download and play! You can expand with LIFX at any time and unlock more features.
Use voice with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana or Apple HomeKit.
An output of 400 lumens
16 million colours with cool to warm whites
Software dimming 1% – 100%
iOS 9+, Android 4.1+ or Windows 10 required
Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatible
6 Watts at full brightness
22.8 years (based on 3hrs/day)
To complete your connected home, Tried the new arrival Build in Alexa Smart Speaker Sonos One from SONOS. A Smart Speaker for the Music Lovers.
Sonos One blends great sound with Amazon Alexa, the easy-to-use voice service, for hands-free control of your music and more. Use your voice to play songs while you cook. Tell Alexa to turn the volume up while you’re in the shower. You can even request your favourite lullaby when you’re tucking the kids in.
Sonos One connects with Amazon Alexa easily over Wi-Fi. Just set up the speaker, select the Sonos skill in the Amazon Alexa app, and you’re all set to play music, get news and answers, manage your smart devices, and enjoy other Alexa skills using nothing but your Sonos One.
Since Alexa responds to any voice, anyone in your home can take charge of the music. Kids can call out their favourite sing-alongs. Friends can skip or replay tracks and adjust audio settings, no app required. Party guests can request their favourite songs in real-time. No matter who says it, Sonos plays it.
Enjoy surprisingly rich, room-filling sound from a smart speaker with voice control.
Sonos One wirelessly connects to Sonos speakers in additional rooms, allowing you to expand your Home Sound System when you’re ready.
Seamless all-black or all-white colour, smooth matte finish, durable metal grille for an appearance that fits in any home.
Control any way you want
Sonos One seamlessly syncs voice, app, and touch commands, enabling you to manage music with a single word, tap of the app, or swipe of the speaker. Combine voice with the Sonos app to manage all your music in one place.
Control Sonos with your future-ready voice control*
When supported in Australia, Sonos One will allow you to start and control your music with your voice. Use your voice and the Sonos app to control and manage all your music in one place: Spotify, Apple Music and coming soon Amazon Music, radio, podcasts and much more.
Everything that Alexa does
Play songs, check news and traffic, manage smart devices and enjoy all those other helpful Amazon Alexa skills using a single Sonos speaker.
You can check my Sonos One . HERE.
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