Set up your smart home on a budget.
Set up your smart home on a budget.
- By Dhipkawee Sriyananda Selley
- | Aug 10, 2018
Philips Hue White and Color Starter Kit A60
For creating the perfect ambient light to match any occasion
Easily control your home’s white and colored light by downloading the Philips Hue app and connecting the Hue bridge (included in the pack) to your Wi-Fi. Then you can set the lights in your home wherever you are, whether you’re in movie mode, having a house party or a romantic dinner at home. There’s also an automated timer function on the app that lets you control when to switch lights on and off automatically, plus you can even sync the lights to the beat of your favorite tune. Each pack comes with three bulbs, compatible with Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant.
Available at: Life, 3/F, Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd., 02-610-9884-5. Open daily 10am-9:30pm
Amazon Echo Dot
For playing sound, receiving calls and controlling lights all in one
A smart home just won’t do without a smart speaker. The second generation of Echo Dot from Amazon comes with a small built-in speaker that connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play your favorite music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, weather and loads more. Place one in your bedroom and use it as your alarm clock or in the kitchen to set timers while cooking. The Echo Dot also works with other smart home devices— use it to switch on the lamp, dim the lights or turn on the fan. Easy to set up from the Alexa app available for both iOS and Android.
Available at: Lazada, www.lazada.co.th
Broadlink RM Pro Plus
To control all your appliances from your mobile phone
Consider this if you’re sick of finding your pile of remotes. With this smart remote device, you can control a ton of your home appliances including TV, air conditioning, motorized curtains, smart plugs and alarm sensors via the iOS and Android app Intelligent Home Center wherever you are. Fancy coming home to a nice, chilled room after a sweaty commute? Simply turn on your air conditioning from the app. As the Broadlink RM has a temperature sensor, you can also set automatic functions to turn on your air conditioning when the temperature in the room gets too hot. The smart remote can be connected to Wi-Fi networks and IR/RF signals and is compatible with Amazon Alexa.
Available at: Iotss Smart Home, 2 Ramintra Soi 5, 088-699-5557. Open Mon-Sat 10am-10pm. www.fb.com/iotss.smarthome
Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum
For cleaning the floor without lifting a finger
Unlike round vacuum robots, this one's angular design means it can reach into corners and close to walls. Oh, and get this: the robot uses laser smart mapping and navigation to
scan the room it’s cleaning to know where it is and where it's going. You can control its actions through your smartphone using the Neato app for iOS and Android—start, stop and
pause it, even when you’re not at home. Other cool features include getting instant notifications about the status of the robot’s cleaning session, creating cleaning schedules and viewing a summary of your robot’s performance that day.
Available at: Neato Robotics Thailand, www.neatoroboticsth.com
August Smart Lock
For securing your home through your phone
Connect your phone to this US device and you can set up “Auto Lock” and “Auto-Unlock” functions for your home. With Bluetooth enabled, the smart lock auto-unlocks when it detects you approaching the door and automatically locks again after you enter, when the app enters Home mode. Other cool features include a Guest List where you can give friends and family members access to the keyless smart lock and Tracking Activity, a 24/7 activity feed that lets you keep track of who exits and leaves your home. The August Smart Lock is compatible with Apple HomeKit and Siri, while Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant can be integrated via Wi-Fi.
Available at: Tsmactive, www.tsmorder.com