Have you walked out of your house, only to wonder a few hours later if you’ve locked the back door, or if the security alarm has been turned on. What about the balcony light? These days however, nagging little doubts like these creeping up on your mind could be a thing of the past with smart home appliances, that connect to each other, and lets you put your mind at ease with a simple glance at your phone.
There is already a huge array of devices available on the market today that have built in smart home features, and even older devices are welcome to the party when paired together with a smart plug. We’re going to take a look at few excellent home automation devices available in the market today that will help you turn your dream home into a smart one.
Samsung Digital Door Lock
Samsung’s Digital Door Lock is a fancy functional replacement to standard key based door locks. Available in a variety of form factors, these smart door locks can be operated using numeric passwords, key cards, fingerprints and even an app on your smart phone.
Newer higher end models are equipped with additional security features, as well as the ability to deliver push notifications to your phone – even when you are not in the vicinity.
These smart digital door locks also come built in with their own intrusion alarm as well as prank warning system to ensure the highest level of safety for your home.
DoorBird IP Video Door Station
What if you could see who is at your home door when you’re away from home. What if you could relay instructions to your postal delivery guy on what to do with your parcel when you are stuck at work. DoorBird’s Smart Doorbell will let you do both of that and more.
Aside from opening up a two way communication to your visitors, the Smart Doorbell is also capable of doubling up as a security camera, recording high quality video through its night vision HD camera. So whether you want all activity in front of your door recorded all the time, or just when someone walks in front, DoorBird’s Smart Doorbell is properly equipped for either.
Pair up your Smart Doorbell with your other smart appliances, like the Smart Digital Door Lock above, and you will even be able to let your relatives into the house, without actually having to be there physically!
Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting System
One of the most common home automation implementations available today is lighting and Philips Hue is a well-known name within this segment. Given how light is able to set one’s mood and behavior, users are able to utilize Hue to set the optimum ambiance levels to match their needs.
If you choose to implement Hue colored light bulbs, not only do you have access to 16 million colors at your fingertips, you also have the capability to sync these lights to music, movies, and games. In addition to that, Hue can also be controlled remotely via its Android and iOS apps, so turning on your lights while you’re away is no longer a mammoth task. Philips Hue smart lighting is also compatible with digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomeKit, Google’s Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana, so you might fancy issuing voice commands to turn on and off your home lights.
At the center of most smart homes is usually a connected hub which allows you to control multiple devices. Think of it as the commander in chief of your smart home. One of the favorites is Google Home, a family of smart speakers from Internet Giant Google.
While these smart devices are primarily smart speakers, they are designed to work with a large variety of home automation products across multiple brands. Google Home takes orders via voice commands, and with it at the center of your Smart Home setup, you are able to issue commands to control everything from the TV to the Jacuzzi. Not only that, you will even be able to set up schedules to get Google Home to sort out your daily chores, and let it take care of the rest.
Heiman Smart Smoke Detector
It goes without saying that a smoke detector’s main job is to alert users whenever it detects any kind of smoke in the house. Not all smoke has odor, so a smoke detector is a potential life safer, especially when you are fast asleep. This smoke detector from Heiman does the same thing too but with an added advantage of it being a smart home device.
Instead of just a common alarm, Heiman’s Smart Smoke Detector can deliver different levels of alarm output depending on the level of smoke it detects. Not only that, the Smart Smoke Detector would also send a notice to your smartphone or tablet when smokes is present. It wont be long before Smart Smoke Detectors will be able to alert rescue services based should things get out of hand.
bWave Universal IoT Hub
Smart Home Devices are everywhere, and starting to make a huge impact in most modern homes. It could be quite a challenge to get all of devices working together, especially if you’re not that much of a techie. Malaysian made bWave Universal IoT Hub is an all in one system built to bring all of your smart devices together.
So instead of having 10 different apps to control 10 different devices on your phone, bWave (with the help of a tablet) combines all your devices into an individually customized app that visually brings every corner of your home to your fingertips. bWave already supports a huge number of Smart Home Devices currently in the market, and will be supporting more devices as they become available.
While we did say 5 devices at the start of the article, we are reserving special mention to the Wi-Fi Smart Socket. Put it simply, this socket is capable of transforming any of your old electronic appliances into a smart device.
There is no fancy features here, but what the Smart Wi-Fi Socket does is give you the ability to turn on and off your devices from any connected device virtually from anywhere around the world. So whether if its turning on the lamp shade, or turning off the TV, you might just be able to make a smart device yet of your trusty old appliance.
While most of these products are readily available and very common in many overseas markets, adoption of Smart Home Devices in Malaysia is still fairly new. However if you’re in the market for a new home, and are keen on making it a Smart one, you’re in luck as Mah Sing Group is providing a Smart Home package with some of its projects, bringing you the latest in home automation and convenience.
Among them is the Lakeville Residence at Jalan Kuching, Kuala Lumpur. Located just 8KM away from KLCC and within a short distance from KTM Komuter as well future MRT2 station, the high-rise residence with semi-d layouts also features a 3.1-acre deck that is designed to help sustain an inclusive and vibrant community via its 38 dedicated facilities.
For more information or to book a tour, head on over to Mah Sing Group’s official website.
Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Mah Sing Group.