IoT Home Guide

Find and compare top Internet of Things Home Products and Systems. Quickly narrow your choices based on use, price and available integrations

The following handbook will:

  • View product app reviews, and see if the devices can work with your Android or iOS smartphone or existing integration platform (ie: Home Kit, Samsung Smarthings, etc)
  • Help you clear up confusion on which wireless connections you will need (WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM Cellular, etc)
  • Filter based on product type (Energy Savings, DIY Systems, etc)

Energy & Lighting

Access & Monitoring

DIY & Open Source

OpenHab OpenHab

"A vendor and technology agnostic open source automation software for your home. Build your smart home in no time!"

Casa Jasmina

Our goal is to integrate traditional Italian skills in furniture and interior design with emergent skills in Italian open-source electronics.

Home Assistant Home Assistant

"Home Assistant is an open-source home automation platform running on Python 3. Track and control all devices at home and automate control....

Eclipse Smart Home Eclipse Smart Home

Eclipse SmartHome serves as an abstraction and translation framework that makes interaction possible across system and protocol boundaries.

Additional Projects

  • Domoticz
  • Mozilla Project Haiku
  • "An international joint venture between ABB, Bosch, and Cisco. We develop and operate an open software platform for the connected smart home."
  • Supla
    "Open Source building automation system based on Rasberry Pi, ESP8266 and Arduino "
  • Calaos
    "A free software project (GPLv3) that lets you control and monitor your home."


Websites / Resources



Silk is a complete and customizable platform that adds deep learning and intelligence to your product. The platform brings new capabilities to...


Zonoff, creators of the Intuitive Home™, provides comprehensive enabling technologies to service providers, integrators and OEMs who deliver...


ConnectSense wireless sensors enable home automation with cloud based monitoring, powerful rule management and notifications via Text Msg, Phone and...


Thington builds a new way to interact with a world of connected things .

Smart Home Companies

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Additional resources



// Articles

Smart homes: the facts and figures - Guardian
August 2012

Heating can make up 60% of your total energy bill. A large proportion of this energy is likely to be wasteddueto incorrect control settings
futurist From Smart House to Networked Home - World Future Society
By Chris Carbone and Kristin Nauth - August 2012

"This will open up myriad opportunities for new home products and the potential for exciting collaborations across previously unrelated industries—from consumer electronics and computing to home furnishing, décor, and home improvement. As the Technology Trajectories are realized, tomorrow’s families could be far more connected with each other and with their communities than ever before. And when you call home, your home will answer."

// Websites & Blogs
automated-home Automated Home

On the web since 1996, Automated Home has been the centre of the Smart Home community for over a sixteen years.

// Presentations / Videos / Research


// Critiques and Issues

// Smart Home History
1913: First refrigerator for home use invented by Fred W. Wolf of Fort Wayne, Texas

1923: Le Corbusier writes "A house is a machine for living in" in Toward An Architecture

1935: First home clothes dryer
house-of-future 1957: Monsanto House of the Future

From 1957 to 1967 millions of visitors toured the Monsanto House, features include its intercom and climate control system, microwave, and ultrasonic dishwasher and of course plastic everywhere.
jim 1966: Jim Sutherland, an engineer with the Westinghouse Corporation, created the machine known as the "Electronic Computing Home Operator," or ECHO IV

"Jim will experiment with the computer as a temperature-controlling device for the home. After interrogating weather instruments on the outside of the house, the computer will be programmed to compensate for weather changes and make automatic temperature and humidity adjustments on the inside."
1999-film 1967: The Philco-Ford Corporation released a short film titled1999 A.D looking at the home of the future.

- Video: Walter Cronkite in the Living Room of 2001(1967)
neimen-marcusCredit: Neiman Marcus 1969: The Kitchen Computer was featured in the 1969 Neiman Marcus catalog as a $10,600 tool for housewives to store and retrieve recipes. With the tagline "If she can only cook as well as Honeywell can compute."
bt 1969: BT Research created a film looking at the future of communications at home and at work including a wood-cladded display that is capable of transmitting and receiving documents via a UV light and photo sensitive paper.
1975: X10 Project was created by Pico Electronics of Glenrothes, Scotland
1984: The term "smart home" was coined by the American Association of Home Builders