3 Smart Home Technology Developments You Should Know About

Aug 12, 2014

The rate at which smart home technology is evolving is a boon and exciting prospect for any smart home system owner. If you like to stay on top of the latest trends in smart home technology and smart home solutions, take a look at the new developments taking place in the world of smart home technology that are discussed below.

Philips' Hue Connected Bulbs

Since their release late last year, Philips' Hue Connected Bulbs are a personal wireless lighting solutoin that has been well-received by nearly all professional reviewers and consumers who have tested them out and taken the time to review them. While not essential to a smart home system, these bulbs are an awesome way to save money, automate your home's lighting system, and spice things up in your home. These are color-changing bulbs (you choose the color!) that can help you light a room for any occasion. Set the mood for a party or a romantic evening with that special someone without having to go out and buy a disco bulb or mood lamps, and entertain your little ones with ease. Compatible with the iPhone, these bulbs are an awesome addition to any smart home. Get creative and choose a lighting scheme yourself, or seek inspiration from the hue Community online. To give you versatile control over your Hue colored bulbs, Philips has recently introduced Hue tap, a wall-mounted button that allows you to control your Hue lights kind of like had to control all of your lights in the days before smart homes were a big deal--by pressing a button on the wall.

SimpliSafe Home Security

If you do not already have a smart home security system that can be monitored from your smartphone, SimpliSafe is a smart home security solution that you may want to consider. In addition to being a convenient and effective way to keep an eye on your home from anywhere around the globe, SimpliSafe is highly cost-effective in comparison to many other security monitoring solutions. Popular features include 24/7 professional alarm monitoring, a nine-layer control system that includes fire and carbon monoxide detection, and a panic button.

Apple HomeKit

If you are a loyal Apple user who has been waiting patiently (or impatiently!) for the company's smartphones to become more compatible with smart home appliances and systems, you are about to be in luck. In the very near future, Apple iOS 8 will be released. The newest iPhone operating system will finally allow users to transform their iPhones into smart home remote controls via the Apple home automation HomeKit feature.. What's even better? Apple users will be able to control their Apple smart homes through the company's signature Siri voice technology. Whether or not iOS 8 home automation technology was worth the wait will be up for debate, but what matters most now for those who have been waiting for this day is that they will finally be able to have Apple smart homes.

At Integrated IO®, we love it when our customers want to stay in-the-know about new technologies they may wish to incorporate into their home automation solutions. If you live in the Phoenix area or Tucson and would like to have an a smort home technology expert integrate and automate your appliances so that you can control them from your smartphone at home and on the go, call Integrated IO® at (855) 4-Integrated IO®!

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