The smart devices making our lives more connected at home
Technology is revolutionizing our day-to-day lives at such a quick pace that it is hard to keep up! The smart home is now a reality, so we brought in Award-winning Tech Expert Andrea Smith, who partnered with some of her favorite must-have technology, to show us what products are making its way into our homes in 2016 and what to keep an eye out for the holidays!
We spend so much time in our kitchen, why not make it easier by connecting to our appliances?
GE Appliances compatibility with Amazon Echo
GE Appliances, a Haier company, is the first Alexa skill to control a broad range of kitchen appliances including refrigerators, dishwashers, wall ovens, ranges, laundry and more. Using the unique skill name, “Geneva,” take charge of the day’s chores using your connected appliances and commands such as, “Alexa, ask Geneva when the dishwasher will be finished.” GE Appliances and Amazon Echo have teamed up for the ultimate in home convenience. Voice Control allows Amazon Alexa and GE Appliances to collaborate in order to enable hands-free convenience.
- The connected GE Appliances range in price depending on the model.
- Find GE Appliances available for purchase at www.geappliances.com/ge/where-to-buy.htm?icid=GEARtopnav-wtb and purchase at www.geappliances.com/ge/connected-appliances.
- For more information, visit www.geappliances.com.
The ability to use hands free voice controlled devices around the home for tasks, entertainment and news is one of the most exciting new developments, but it can be super affordable too…check it out!
Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device, that uses Alexa to play music, read the news, hear the weather, get sports scores, set alarms and more. With its new sleek and compact design, it comes in black or white, and is designed to disappear into any room. Alexa—the brain behind Amazon Echo Dot—is built in the cloud and is always getting smarter. There are thousands of skills available that let you do even more with Alexa.
- A single Echo Dot is available for $49.99. Otherwise, choose a six-pack for buy five, get one free, or a 12-pack for buy 10, get two free.
- To purchase and find more information visit www.amazon.com/echodot.
Take control of your home comfort and save energy and money with this simple device!
Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat
The Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat was designed with homeowners’ hectic schedules in mind. Control the Lyric from anywhere using your smartphone, through the Lyric app, or let automatically adjust when you’re home or away using geofencing technology. Plus with compatibility with partners like Apple HomeKit and Amazon Echo, you can use your voice control with Siri and Alexa to lower and set your thermostat while at home. No more wasted energy when you’re out for the night, and no more getting in from work to a cold house. It will even let you know when the filter needs changing!
- Priced at $199.99.
- Available for purchase at YourHome.Honeywell.com and retailers like the Home Depot.
- For more information, visit YourHome.Honeywell.com.
To make your home connected, you need great Wi-Fi! Check out the router that will give you the performance you need at home!
D-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi Router (DIR-880L)
Smartphones, laptops, tablets, Smart TVs, and more – all connected to the router at the same time. That’s why today’s Connected Home requires a blazing fast router, and the D-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi Router creates a maximum performance wireless network designed to handle high-bandwidth activities – like HD streaming and lag-free gaming – even in the farthest corners of the house.
- Priced at $149.99.
- Available for purchase at Amazon, Office Max, Staples, Fry’s Electronics, Walmart and the D-Link Shop.
- For more information, visit www.dlink.com.