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

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September 7, 2018

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)

 

Featured

Most Popular

Amazon Echo

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Highlights

  • Seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room
  • WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Nest, and ecobee smart home devices

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch

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Highlights

  • Set Schedules and receive customized notifications
  • Amazon Echo, Nest and IFTTT Compatibility
  • Wi-Fi enabled

User & Technical

Apps

Download4.4
Download3.1

Online Pricing

$39.99 - Amazon See It

ecobee4

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Highlights

  • Built-in Alexa Voice Service built in, so you can ask your ecobee to set a timer, read you the news, adjust the temperature, and more.
  • Comes packaged with a temperature and humidity sensor you can place in your home.

User & Technical

Apps

Download3.5
Download3.5

Online Pricing

$236.99 - Amazon See It

Keen Home Smart Vent

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Highlights

  • Room-by-room Control (Typical house needs 4-8 smart vents) and auto-balancing mode
  • Integrations with Nest, SmartThings, Lowes Iris
  • Battery life: 2+ years and 802.15.4/ZigBee Comms

Phillips Hue

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Highlights

  • Light schedules
  • Apple HomeKit compatible
  • Requires Bridge -- Philips Hue system supports up to 50 Philips Hue lights, luminaires, switches and other accessories.

User & Technical

Apps

Download2.8
Download3.1

Online Pricing

$69.99 - Amazon See It

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller 2nd Gen

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Highlights

  • Auto weather adjustments
  • WiFi Connectivity (Works with Echo, Nest, Wink, others)
  • Get alerts when schedule changes..

User & Technical

Apps

Download3.5
Download4.0

Online Pricing

$145.06 - Amazon See It
Arrow

Cut your utility bills, avoid a flooding disaster and water your lawn only when it needs it...


10 Most Useful Smart Home Gadgets

Energy & Lighting

Access & Monitoring

DIY & Open Source

OPen

OPENHAB

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

CASA

CASA JASMINA

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

HOME

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

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."

Blogs

Websites / Resources

Companies

Belkin International

Rushden United Kingdom
Belkin International manufactures consumer electronics for the smart home, as well as safe drinking water delivery systems, wireless networking products, charging and power products, and accessories for smartphones and tablets.

Thington (Acquired by Eero)

San Francisco United States
Thington (Acquired by Eero) developed a consumer smart home app.

Zonoff**Closed**

Malvern United States
Zonoff **Closed** offered a cloud platform focused on the consumer home market.

Grid Connect

Naperville United States
Grid Connect manufacturers wireless networking products. They also have their own cloud platform integration services and a smart home product line called ConnectSense.

Aquanta

Virginia USA
Aquanta builds a consumer smart water heater controller.

Smart Home Companies
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Additional resources

Awards

Books

// Articles

// 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
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.
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."

1967: The Philco-Ford Corporation released a short film titled 1999 A.D looking at the home of the future.
- Video: Walter Cronkite in the Living Room of 2001 (1967)
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."
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