Hi Tech Homes For decades we’ve envisioned what homes would be like in the future. One consistent vision has been that everything will be automated at the touch of a button - your home would become smart, therefore doing all the work for you. The year 2020 has long been a benchmark for when the smart home will finally be mainstream, but according to the results of the Smart Home Marketplace Survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate, that time may come sooner than what was originally thought. The survey polled more than 4,000 U.S. adults in advance of the Consumer Electric Show 2016, revealing that homeowners Amazon Echo - &179.99 Best Smart Home Centerpiece If you’re looking for a central control point for your smart home gadgets, you’ll have a hard time finding a better option than Amazon’s voice-activated smart speaker, or its likable virtual assistant, ‘Alexa.’ Belkin WeMo Insight Switch - $98.99 Best Home Automation Entry Point Plug anything you like into Belkin’s WeMo Insight Switch, and you’ll be able to toggle it via your phone, schedule it to come on automatically, track its energy usage, or trigger it using the free automation service IFTTT. Nest Learning Thermostat - $249.00 Best Smart Thermostat The equally priced Ecobee3 has closed the gap, but if you’re forcing us to choose, we’re still sticking with Nest. It’s the centerpiece of Google’s emerging vision for the connected home, and the third-gen model is the best yet. Lifx Color 1000 - $69.00 Best Color-Changing Smart Bulbs Lifx’s second-gen smart bulbs are brighter and more efficient than youknow Hue -- and the colors look better, too. We also like the easy-to-use app, the integrations with IFTTT and Alexa, and the fact that Lifx bulbs don’t need a hub. Scout Home Security System – price unavailable Best DIY Security System While Scout isn't the cheapest DIY system on the market, we were impressed by its potential for customization. You can build the perfect security setup for your needs with this system. are willing to pay extra to "smart stage" their home. So, what smart features do buyers actually want in their new homes? CBS Interactive has provided a rundown of the best products to make your new home the smartest.
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