Best Smart-Home Apps For 2017

Posted: Dec 13 2016, 12:45pm CST | by , Updated: Apr 6 2017, 8:39am CDT, in Reviews | Technology News

 

Best Smart-Home Apps for 2017
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If one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2017 involves automating some responsibilities around the house, you’re in luck. Keep reading to learn about seven of the most notable smart-home apps to use during the upcoming year and beyond.

As 2016 comes to a close, it may be time to move into the future and automate your house. There are a ton of options out there to create the perfect smart home including doorbell video cameras and more. Here are a few of the best:

The Ring Video Doorbell App

When you’re expecting a long-awaited package, you might avoid leaving home until it arrives, especially if the item inside is very expensive. Now, thanks to an app that works with the Ring Video Doorbell, you can keep an eye out for package deliveries from afar. After installing this special doorbell, just use the app to monitor your home. You can even answer the door by speaking into your smartphone if you’re not home, which could cut down on potential burglaries.

Smart Wi-Fi Toggler

It’s unfortunately very easy to rack up data usage charges or drain your battery-operated Wi-Fi router if you forget to disconnect from the Wi-Fi periodically. The Smart Wi-Fi Toggler app lives up to its name because it learns the locations of nearby hotspots and automatically turns off connections when you’re not using them. You can also set the app to switch between mobile data and physical hotspots when possible.

The Samsung SmartThings App

Maybe Santa brought you what you really wanted for Christmas in 2016 and let you turn your residence into an intelligent abode powered by Samsung SmartThings technology. In that case, an accompanying app offers a total home monitoring solution. Get alerts about leaks, smoke and other possible threats that need attention.

The Titan Alarm App

Titan Alarm provides some of the many home security systems you can buy for peace of mind. Stop stressing over unknown possibilities in 2017 and download the corresponding Alarm.com app instead. It shows real-time or recorded footage from what’s happening around the house, and delivers instant alerts to a tablet or smartphone. Whether you want to keep tabs on Fido or oversee a new babysitter, this app makes it simple. Clearly, security apps suit your busy life and could significantly reduce anxiety that occurs when you’re away from home.

myPORT

Maybe you live in a tightly secured apartment complex and are tired of always fumbling to find your entry credentials. Then it’s time to start asking your property manager to think about installing the myPORT security system for the benefit of you and other residents. Once the system is in place and you’ve downloaded the myPORT app, depend on Bluetooth technology that unlocks the premises for you and even calls the elevator. The app also adjusts to your daily habits and can anticipate your arrival.

The Robomow App

Robomow is a Bluetooth-powered lawn mower that trims your lawn automatically. You can enjoy well-kept grass all through the year, especially after buying this high-tech yard tool and downloading the app that goes with it. Besides using the app to control your mower from a distance, you can alter settings for how often you want to mow your yard and specify the surface area to cover.

Apple’s HomeKit

Since the Apple Corporation is arguably synonymous with innovation, it should come as no surprise that the company has been a notable player in the home automation market for a couple years by offering its HomeKit. The most recent version of the HomeKit’s app lets you control things in your house using your voice, and lets some actions trigger other results. For example, if you dim the lights, soft music might start playing too.

This list should get you off to a strong start if you’re on the hunt for ways to make life easier via automation in 2017. Now it’s possible to do things around the house by merely swiping or tapping your finger on a smartphone screen.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.

 

 

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