16:38 10 July 2017
Regardless of their level of tech knowledge, a range of home automtion gifts can be easily incorporated to their home.
Below are the five tech-related housewarming gifts that a new homeowner would find useful:
1. Echo (£149.99) – Amazon’s voice-controlled home hub is an excellent point for a smart home. By simply asking Alexa (Amazon’s digital personal assistant), it can perform a range of tasks including playing your favourite music, calling an Uber and even ordering your dinner. When integrated with home automation technology, Alexa can perform other tasks including activating your smart system and changing the temperature on your smart thermostat.
2. Vimtag 361 HD Indoor Camera (£89 – This security camera helps users feel safer in their home. It is a strong deterrent to burglars, offers 24/7 video monitoring and features a 720-pixel camera that can be accessed remotely on a smartphone or tablet. One thing that sets it apart from others is its microphone and speaker that allow users to communication through the camera when they are away – a very useful feature to check on an ageing parent, pet, nanny or child.
3. Nest Smart Thermostat (£199.99) – This smart device automatically changes heating and cooling schedules with seasons and shuts off when no one is home, helping users save on their utility bills.
4. Philips Hue Connected Smart Bulb (£149.95) – These bulbs automatically turn on and off depending on your needs. They also set the lights as an alarm to slowly turn on in the morning. However, their best feature is synching with various TV shows and movies, providing an immersive viewing experience with changing mood lights.
5. Click and Grow Smart Pot (From £35) – A white pot that stores and dispense enough water and nutrients so indoor plants do not wither and die even when homeowners are away on vacation for an extended period.
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