Wi-Fi System Mercku M2 Comprised of Bee nodes which are small but powerful devices that can be plugged into any socket, the M2 focusses on coverage and speed to cover even the largest of homes in stable Wi-Fi. It supports up to 60 devices and provides a high bandwidth of 720Mb/s anywhere inside. The signals emitted from the Bees are so strong that as well as bouncing off the walls, can even go through them. The set of Bees form a solid mesh network so that places where an otherwise single router would not be able to reach, has wireless connectivity. On top of that, the Bees can be easily arranged in a specific area so that there is a stronger connection in a small area. With its mobile app, one can manage users and get a full view of the system to know exactly how much data is being used by a particular device. Priced at $299 USD the M2 Hive System comprises of an M2 Standalone Router and 4 Bee Mesh Nodes, allowing wi-fi to be covered to up to 5000 square feet of space while also performing 20% faster than the current best-in-class router on the market. Air Conditioning System Nest (T3007ES) Thermostat Having proved to save 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills, the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat can learn your habits and start to save you money by automatically adjusting the temperature in the room. Being part of the Nest family, it can easily be hooked on with Alexa as well as other Nest devices such as smart light bulbs. Options such as heater, fan and cooler are all available, both by using the screen on the thermostat as well as through its mobile app which allows temperature to be adjusted in the house while also monitoring your phone’s location to save energy when no one is home. Indoor Camera System Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System With everything done via the smartphone, the blink camera can be easily installed with no wiring and no drilling. It can simply be positioned where desired without the need of providing electricity since it functions with a battery lasting for 2 years. This ridiculously long battery life was made possible through a proprietary chip technology available only in Blink cameras. Blink’s featurerich system includes a motion detector; when armed, any detected motion triggers the recording of a short video clip as well as instant alerts whereby a push notification is sent to our smartphone so that we can decide how to respond. On the same wavelength, the Blink app allows the user to have a live feed of what is going on inside the house on his smartphone from anywhere over the Internet. The 720p recording ability of the camera ensures that we get a clear view of the specific area with minimal distortion and blurring. This also eases the process of streaming the live data from the camera onto the phone. Blink is also compatible with Alexa and free cloud storage without any subscriptions, is offered upon purchase of a 3-Camera kit costing $153.99. Door Lock System PIN Genie Keyless Digital Door Lock (PGD718) The personalized Password Verification Technology works by making use of a 6-8-digit access code on the touchscreen display. The unique algorithm reshuffles the number combination after each entry of the correct code so that others peeking, cannot copy the smart code. Each family member can get their own smart code for keyless entry and for parents who want to monitor when their kids are home, that is also possible. The PIN Genie lock offers features such as smart automatic locking in 30 seconds and remote control of the lock from anywhere within the available Bluetooth range that it provides for access to the app. Powered by long lasting batteries, the lock’s app comes with a load of functions. For example, one can send an extra code to a friend or family member which expires in a specified period of time so that the person can only access the door during that period. It is priced at $199.00. Bedroom Eight Sleep Tracker The Eight Sleep Tracker is centred around health and sleep monitoring while acting as a dualzoned smart mattress topper, designed to personalize and improve your ideal sleep routine. The wide variety of data discoveries provided by the Eight every morning includes details such as a sleep score, the time slept, how many times the person has tossed and turned, heart rate as well as the temperature of the room and the bed. A process known as ballistocardiography is used to sensor our body and thus calculate such information. The built-in heater allows 2 sides of the bed to be temperature-controlled while having additional functions such as a timer, a heating schedule and the intensity of the heat. An alarm can also be set, making the Eight a complete accessory for the bed i.e. customizing a good night’s sleep. Available at $210.21, the sleep tracker can seamlessly synchronise with Alexa, Nest or Philips Hue through its mobile app. Security/Alarm System Digoo DG-HOSA With tons of options available, this alarm system proves to be efficient as well as affordable, costing only $59.99 for a complete set. Having a sim card slot, it allows immediate notification on our phone since a call is automatically made to a pre-registered phone number whenever the alarm goes off. The main system also has a 500 mAh battery as backup and comprises of several sensors which are basically PIR sensors that can be placed at windows and doors. The latter can be labelled on the main alarm system which is hooked to a loudspeaker for the alarm. A remote is also provided for a quick and easy enabling and disabling of the alarm system. Fire Detector System Onelink First Alert 1042136 As a photoelectric smoke sensor and electrochemical carbon monoxide sensor, First Alert can get remote notifications of an emergency in our home while also tracking carbon monoxide levels, and customizing a nightlight using First Alert’s Onelink Home app. It is equipped with the power of Alexa and has a price of $119.99. Lights Sengled Smart LED At a price of $59.99 for a starter pack comprising of 4 light bulbs and a pre-sync hub, the Sengled light bulb can be manipulated by using the Sengled Element app. With the hub connected to the home router, the bulb works with Alexa as well as Google Assistant so that voice commands can be used. Smart lighting can easily be incorporated in the smart home with the hub able to support up to 64 bulbs. The lights can individually be customized to match the perfect setting for every room and they can also be accessed from anywhere with the app. One example of that would be to be able to switch on the lights from outside before even getting home.