House of IOT Devices – Your Guide To The Internet Of Things

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What is the Internet of Things?

What does IOT stand for? What is the Internet of Things? It's all over the news, there are hundreds of articles released every day about how IOT  internet of things are changing our lives, probably your neighbor installed a new IOT device this morning! Yet, for many, it is a mystery, the unknown. The truth is that millions of people are using them everyday already. There are news networks and huge websites that specialize in IOT news. So let's look at the definition of the term first. Internet of things definition can be found on Wikipedia, and here is the brief explanation: inter-networking of smart devices and other items embedded with sensors, electronics components and network connectivity that enables these devices to connect and exchange data.

So the next time someone asks you: What is IOT? Just say, that it is your smart light bulb, smart thermostats, smart lock or smart security camera.

What are some Internet of Things examples?

Have you of heard of Smart Home Devices, Smart Thermostats, Smart Locks or Smart lights? These are all examples of IOT or Internet Of Things devices. More and more companies enter this market and create some of the most mind blowing devices out there. What are some of the famous Internet of Things companies out there? Amazon, Google, Honeywell, Philips, Samsung - all manufacturing cutting edge smart devices.

We are going to cover examples and uses of the smart devices later on this page. Please also check out menu on the right side. We have organized devices by categories, like Smart Locks, Smart Thermostats, etc.

IOT devices examples

IOT Devices - How are they changing our lives?

Let me give you an example of a smart home device. Have you ever forgotten your home key and there is no one  who can unlock the door for you? Well, with a smart lock from August, all you need to have is the smart lock and an app on your smartphone. The smart lock can be unlocked the moment you get close to the door. Pretty amazing stuff and extremely convenient.  Or here is another example, you left home and forgot to turn off the lights. Yes, you can come back home, or if you have a smart light bulbs (like this one)  or a smart switch you can turn them off remotely. There are literally hundreds of examples already where IOT devices are making every day tasks more convenient. IOT products aren't expansive and many times pay for themselves (because you could save on electricity bill) in a matter of weeks.

IOT Home Automation - Simplifying Lives

Think of the many ways technology was able to simplify our lives. We travel by boat only when we want to enjoy a vacation but most of the time we take jumbo jet flights that are able to take us from one part of the world to another in a matter of hours. We have super computers that are able to conduct billions of calculations per second, we don't need to do those simple tasks that would take hundreds of hours of our time. IOT world is going to be all around our homes and work places.

We are entering an era where IOT industry is going to be the fastest growing industry creating and re-engeniring some of the most exciting IOT applications.

Real estate agents are starting to use  the term Smart Home as a selling point. Why? Because it is exciting, convenient. Smart home simplifies our lives. I am totally hooked to the IOT world. I leave home and my IOT camera turns on by itself and monitors my front yard. I will know whether someone comes home with built in smart notifications, whether my UPS package arrived or if there is a potential security threat near my house. I also have an IOT security camera inside my home. What does it do? I have 2 pets, and quite often I really would like to know who tore apart my favorite magazine. My Smart Thermostat is connected to an IOT hub - Amazon Echo, it knows when I get home, what temperature should be set when I go to bed, and what it should be set on the weekend. 

Literally, there are hundreds of IOT applications and IOT ideas. I suggest that you start getting a couple of devices knowing your needs, and slowly expending from there.

Future of IOT - What to expect?

So where are we going to be in the near future? What is the next chapter in our everyday living?  IOT market is one of the fastest growing markets that will be valued close to $267B by 2020. IOT startups are forming all over the world creating new internet of things products and further expending internet of things applications. IOT companies are solving problems - they are simplifying our lives, they are making us safer (smart smoke detector anyone?) In the near future, most of your appliances manufactured by giants like GE, Samsung, Whirlpool will all have IOT sensors in them. We haven't even touched the topic of healthcare IOT. How would that help us save lives? Just imagine the potential of better health monitoring and diet. 

But that's enough of general talk. We are here to look at IOT products and review them.

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Best Smart Thermostats for Home

Let's look at what happens if you don't have a smart thermostat. You wake up in the morning - you change the temperature, you leave for work - you might turn it off, you come home - you set the temperature lower, you go on vacation - you either turn off AC or set the temperature higher. Don't you find that this is a lot of actions on your part? Lots of repetitive actions? Smart thermostats do all of that for you. You can schedule it, it can learn what temperatures you like, it knows when you come back home etc. So ok, you are convinced that you need it. Which one should you get? What is the right wifi smart thermostat for you? Let's start with our top 3 that include the best sellers on the market like Honeywell Smart Thermostat, Nest Smart Thermostat as well as Ecobee Smart Thermostat. For detailed specifications, please visit our smart thermostat reviews page.

ecobee4 Alexa-Enabled Thermostat

ecobee4 Smart Thermostat
  • Alexa Enabled
  • Homekit, Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT compatible
  • 3.5" touch screen
  • Far Field Voice Technology
  • Room sensors
  • Save up to 23% on heating and cooling costs each year
  • Control your homme temperature from anywhere with Ecobee APP
  • Compatible with Conventional (2H/2C), Heat pump (4H/2C) incl. 2-stage auxiliary heat, Gas, oil, electric, Dual fuel support

Nest Learning Smart Thermostat

Nest smart thermostat
  • Alexa Enabled
  • Google Home, IFTTT,  compatible
  • 2.08"  screen
  • Farsight technology 
  • Autoschedule - learning ability
  • Service alerts and reminders
  • Control your home temperature from anywhere with Nest APP
  • Compatible with Most 24V heating and cooling systems, including 1-, 2- and 3-stage heating, 1- and 2-stage cooling

Honeywell  Touchscreen Wi-Fi Thermostat

Honeywell smart touch screen thermostat
  • Alexa Enabled
  • Homekit, , Google Home, Samsung SmartThings, WINK, IFTTT compatible
  • 2.25" touch screen
  • Advanced fan/comfort control
  • Room sensors
  • Indoor humidity sensor
  • Control your homme temperature from anywhere with  Total Connect Comfort App
  • Compatible with thermostats with 110V or higher and systems containing a c-wire

Smart Light and Smart Switches for Home

I really enjoy the idea of a smart light switch. Smart lights make my life easy - I can make a schedule for lights on & lights off, I can turn them on & off remotely using apps provided by manufacturers of smart lights, I can say "Alexa,  please turn on the light in the kitchen", etc. Smart lighting is all over my home! Why? Because I can automate things and can schedule and control things through an app. So what are some of the examples of smart lighting? Well, it is a smart light bulb, it is a smart light switch on the wall that looks like a typical white wall switch, etc. They all look the same yet they can do so much more. So if you are new to the IOT work, what smart light should you get? Let's start with the top 3 best smart lighting devices!

TP-Link Smart Plug Mini

Smart Light Plug
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant 
  • Wifi enabled
  • No hub design
  • Remote control with free Kasa app
  • Power on/off scheduling
  • Away mode
  • Occupies only one socket
  • 2 year warranty

Philips Hue  Smart Bulb Starter Kit

Philips Smart Light Bulb
  • Compatible with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant
  • 9.5 Watts
  • LED technology
  • Away from home control
  • Light schedules
  • Comes with Hue Bridge
  • 3 year warranty

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch

Smart Light Switch
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Voice control
  • Remote access with free Kasa app
  • Away-mode - turns on lights automatically at random times giving appearance that someone is home
  • Room sensors
  • No hub required
  • Works with single-pole setup

Best Smart Lock

If you are someone who tends to forget your home keys often, then a smart lock might be the way to go for you. Most of the smart door locks today look like regular conventional locks, so only you will know what they are. Install a lock, download application provided by the manufacturer, and forget about the headache of caring keys. Most of us have smart phones, and these smart home door locks are capable of so much more than a regular door lock. Let me give you an example. Have a friend coming and you are not able to give him a key? Well, you don't need to since with a smart home door lock you can unlock and lock your door remotely. Monitor who comes in and comes out with built in activity logs. Renting your house to an Airbnb guest? Unlock the door remotely to let your guest in and set up temporary access with guest pass. I have the August smart home lock, and I love it. Let's take a look at our 3 best smart locks:

Kwikset Kevo 2nd Generation Smart Lock

Kwikset Kevo (2nd Gen) smart lock
  • Works with Alexa (required Kevo Plus Hub)
  • Remote access and monitoring
  • Bluetooth technology, unlocks when you touch the lock
  • Location aware
  • Advanced smart key security:  ANSI Grade 2, BHMA Certified, and UL Fire Rated.
  • eKeys - give access to anyone remotely
  • Activity log
  • Kevo Fob key for people without smartphone
  • 2 year warranty

August Smart Lock 2nd Generation

August smart lock second generation
  • No more keys!
  • Compatible with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant
  • Voice control
  • Control your door with smartphone
  • Automatically locks the door as your leave, unlocks as you come home
  • Track who is coming and going with 24/7 activity log
  • Easy installation
  • Exterior door hardware stays the same
  • 4 AA batteries required
  • 1 year warranty

Schlage Connect  Touchscreen Deadbolt

Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt
  • Works with Alexa, SmartTHings, Wink and Iris
  • Grade 1 Highest Residential Security
  • Lock and unlock via web and smartphone using Z-wave technology
  • Built in Alarm
  • 7 different finishes and colors
  • Fits most one-hole residential door preps
  • Illuminated, Fingerprint-Resistant Touchscreen
  • 4 AA batteries required
  • Low battery indicator
  • 1 year warranty

Best Smart Security System

Being certain that your home is protected and secure is the most important reason why people install smart home security systems. A smart home security system allows you to monitor your home, see who comes in, check on your pets, make sure that the handyman that you called to fix something in your home isn't stealing anything, etc. Would you rather blame someone without any facts or would you rather have facts on you and get to the truth in case a problematic situation comes up? A smart security camera system records latest events, sends notifications to your smartphone and even Apple watch (for examples a smart security camera system like a Nest Cam Security Camera), ability to be positioned away from the charging base (like the Logitech Circle Wireless HD Camera), and many more functions. There are indoor and outdoor smart security cameras, so make sure you get an outdoor smart camera and indoor smart camera if you live in a standalone home. So let's take a look at our top 3 best smart security camera systems:

Maximus Security Camera & Outdoor Light

Kuna security camera
  • Works with Amazon Alexa
  • 6 Color options
  • Disquised as an outdoor light
  • LED light bulb
  • Light control: motion activated, dusk/dawn on/off
  • HD live video
  • Night vision
  • Cloud storage
  • Free 2 hour "look back" and up to 30 days with premium plan
  • Activity alerts
  • Two way intercom
  • Built in 100dB outdoor siren
  • Weatherproof design
  • Easy 15 minute installation
  • 1 year warranty

Arlo 2 Wire-Free HD Smart Security Cameras 

Arlo Smart Home Security System
  • Works with Amazon Alexa
  • Watch live or recorded HD videos on your computer or smartphone/tablet with free Arlo App
  • Wire free design and magnetic mounts
  • Night vision
  • Customizable motion security alerts
  • Weatherproof
  • Indoor/outdoor design
  • Records only when motion is detected preserving battery life
  • Up to 1GB secure cloud storage
  • Requires RCR123 batteries  (included)
  • 2 security cameras included
  • 1 year warranty

Nest Cam Indoor smart security camera 1080p

Nest smart home security camera
  • Works with Amazon Alexa
  • 24/7 live streaming
  • 1080 HD crystal clear image
  • 130 Wide view angle
  • Set up smart alerts
  • Set up person alerts
  • Set up activity zones
  • Snapshots of critical moments
  • Night vision
  • 2-way audio
  • Up to 30 days of continuous video history with Nest Aware
  • Cloud storage
  • Magnetic mount for easy positioning
  • No hub required
  • 1 year warranty

Smart Kitchen

The Internet of Things has also revolutionized the kitchen with many smart kitchen appliances that make life much simpler. For instance how many times have we left for the grocery story gotten there and then not remembered what we had left in our fridge; I would say almost all of us. There are many smart refrigerators now that have cameras installed inside them that you can access from your smart phone and see what you actually have left in your refrigerator. The Amazon Dash wand will allow you to scan items to add to your shopping list, readout recipes or convert measurements allowing you to continue cooking. There are also trash cans such as the GeniCan that read the barcodes of your trash as you throw it away letting you know when you need to buy more. Ultimately, there are numerous IOT smart kitchen appliances and devices that will help you save time and money. Below are some of our favorite smart kitchen appliances.

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator

Amazon Dash Wand

Anova Precision Cooker

Smart refrigerator
  • Create Shopping Lists
  • See Inside your Refigerator
  • Stream Your Favorite Music
  • Receive Notifications For Shopping
  • Integaration with your Favorite Apps
  • FlexZone Allows You To Have Another Refrigerator or Freezer Depending Upon Your Family Needs
  • Total of 22 cu. Ft.
  • 13.2 cu. Ft. of Fridge Space
  • 8.8 cu. Ft. of Freezer Space
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  • Say What You Want And Dash Adds To Your Cart
  • Scan a Barcode and Dash Adds To Your Cart
  • Never Worry About Forgetting An Item Again
  • Integrates With Your Home's WiFi
  • Take The Hassel Out Of Making Grocery Lists
  • Save Time Knowing That Your Grocery List Is All In One Place
  • Sous Vide In Your Home
  • Use The Anova App To Locate Cook Settings and Recipes
  • Blue Tooth Allows You To Control The Cooking From Anywhere
  • Sous Vide Cooking Allows You To Ensure Even Cooking At the Precise Tempature Every Time
  • 4.5 Stars On Amazon
  • Set It And Forget It

Smart Fitness

The Internet of Things has made tracking and maintaining your fitness level easier than ever; in the past you needed to keep a notebook or other hard copy of everything you ate, calculate the serving size, convert the measurements and guestimate the actual calorie content as well as time spent exercising and your heart rate. IOT has changed all of that with so many smart fitness devices that there is now almost nothing exercise or meal related that cannot be easily tracked and sent to you computer or smartphone. While the Fitbit Charge 2 is one of the best selling smart fitness trackers there are also several other ones. The Garmin Vivosmart and Nokia Steel are some of the other very popular smart fitness trackers. Below are some of our favorites.

Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch

Garmin Vivosmart 

Garmin Fenix 5 Smartwatch

  • Heat Rate Zones Allow You To Quickly Check Your Fitness Level
  • Track Many Different Types Of Activities - Running, Biking And More
  • Easily Connect To Your Phones GPS to Monitor Speed, Distance, And Route
  • 4 Stars On Amazon
  • Resonable Price With Many Features
  • 5 Day Battery Life
  • Control Your Music
  • Receive Texts And Calls If Needed
  • Pairs With Heart Rate Monitor, Bike Speed Sensor, And Others For Fitness Tracking
  • Alerted To Incoming Texts and Calls To Ensure You Do Not Miss Anything
  • Auto Sync Allows The Vivosmart To Sync With Your Device When Specific Goals Are Met Throughout The Day to Ensure Accurate Tracking Of Your Progress
  • 7 Day Battery Life
  • Available In A Range Of Colors To Personalize Your Workout
  • Heart Tracker
  • Rugged Design Stands Up To Life
  • Smart Notifications
  • Wifi Capability
  • Many Models To Choose From To Find The Best Smart Fitness Watch For You
  • 4.4 Stars On Amazon
  • Waterproof To 100M
  • Screen Readable Under Direct Sunlight

Smart Pet

Our pets are so important to us and with the proliferation of the IOT (Internet Of Things) there have been many advancements to make our and their lives easier; whether it is staying connected with them during the work day, monitoring their fitness with FitBark, iFetch’s automatic fetching system there are so many different smart pet fitness toys and devices that make their lives so much better. Smart pet feeders allow you to feed or give your dogs treats during the day as well as monitor their activity with the built in camera such as on the Petzi Treat Cam. Smart pet doors are also tremendously valuable as they allow on your pet to enter the house; this can be a life saver if they are being chased. Your pet wears the smart key around their neck allowing only them entrance into your home. This also prevents burglars or other unwanted pets from entering your home. Below are some of the best smart pet devices we have found.

Furbo Dog Camera & Treat Tosser

Petnet Smart Feeder - Works With Alexa

PetSafe SmartDoor

  • Toss Treats To Your Dog Even When Your Not Home
  • When Your Dog(s) Bark A Notification Is Sent To Your Phone So that You Can Talk To Them Over The Speaker And See Them On Video
  • Being Able To See Your Pet Over Video Can Also Alert You To Something More Serious
  • Easy 3 Step Setup
  • 4 Stars On Amazon
  • Never Miss A Moment Of Your Dogs Day
  • Take Photo's And Videos
  • Compatible with IPhone & Android
  • Automate Your Pets Meal Time And Control Portion Size
  • PetNet App Integrates With Your Smart Phone
  • Take The Guess Work Out Of Feeding Your Pets
  • You Can Also Have Pet Food Delievered To Your Home For This Product
  • Andoid And IPhone Compatible
  • Ensure The Safety Of Your Pet By Setting Specific Times That The Door opens
  • Smart Colar Ensures your Pet Is Never Left Outside And Also Keeps Unwated Pets/Pests From Entering
  • Battery Operated Door Ensures A Power Outage Won't Strand Your Pet
  • Programmable For Up To 5 Pets
  • Available In A Variety Of Sizes And Styles