In addition to the Aera smart home fragrance system, dozens of other brands have joined the smart home revolution with ideas that stimulate the senses, provide security, and give us even more control over our homes. Here are a few exciting new smart-connected products that, like Aera, simultaneously improve your home and minimize hassle.
As Nest Protect points out, now that we’re well into the twenty-first century, it’s time to expect more from simple appliances. Nest Protect is a smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm that removes panic and guessing from the equation of keeping your home safe. When it first senses smoke, a human voice calmly alerts you well before the alarm sets in to tell you exactly where to address the issue. The device can also send updates to you remotely by way of an organized app, and promises to never give off those annoying low-battery chirps in the middle of the night due to a smart self-testing method.
Spruce up your lighting at home with the help of LIFX’s smart-bulbs, all of which can shine 1100 lumens bright in any one of 16 million colors. Like Aera, the smart-bulbs can be paired with Amazon Echo so that you can change the lighting in your house with a simple voice command rather than having to unscrew and replace bulbs. This product really expands your creative potential by giving you the ability to transform your interior spaces for relaxation, theme parties, or movie nights in ways you never thought possible. And that means that LIFX is not only “smart” – it’s also extraordinarily fun.
On those hot summer nights when you’re craving a blast of cool air, Tado Smart AC Control can swoop in to save the day. Without requiring you to abandon the comfort of your bed, this app-activated air conditioning control system provides cooling relief whenever you need. Geo-fencing technology ensures optimal comfort while still maintaining your budget and carbon footprint parameters, by shutting off the air conditioner after you leave home, and restoring it before your return. The connected app also provides helpful graphs and data so that you can keep track of energy costs.
Don’t let the small size of these speakers deceive you: they can fit anywhere but still pack a powerful punch. That’s because Sonos’ wrap-around design creates a more immersive sound system that provides ambient sound that truly transports you. And since Sonos communicates with your other devices through Wi-Fi rather than Bluetooth, you won’t ever get interrupted by a phone call halfway through an air guitar solo! Where Aera provides scenting for a multi-sensory connected smart home experience – Sonos fulfills the ‘sound’ side of that equation.
You’ll never want a standard lock again. Leave house keys in the past with help from the August Smart Lock. A mobile app command center (also available on smart-watches) grants you the ability to know who opens your door when, provides access to visitors for specific time periods, and ensures that your door always locks behind you when you leave. And when you return home, the August Smart Lock will sense your arrival and unlock the door for you as you approach.
Letting go of old appliances in favor of smart products can be hard, and for moments when you don’t want to throw out that coffeemaker but still want to control it from your phone, these smart plugs eliminate the need for a tough decision. By plugging any appliance into these Wi-Fi capable smart-plugs, you gain the ability to turn them on remotely as needed, set specific cycles for their use, or even activate them by voice through Amazon Echo. That old coffeemaker can still sit proudly in your kitchen, but now your morning coffee can be ready to pour even sooner.
A truly revolutionary device, Amazon Echo is a voice-activated smart system capable of playing near infinite amounts of omni-directional music, messaging family and friends, reading the news or audiobooks aloud, and answering your questions. Amazon pledges that their device is always getting smarter, and with endless features connected to your smart phone, you’ll be amazed at how much “Alexa” can help. Best of all, Amazon Echo serves as a hub for your other smart devices like Aera, helping you activate and control them without so much as pressing a button.
What are your favorite smart products that complement Aera in shaping your home? Let us know in the comments!