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Review of Philips Hue bulb and Philips Hue Tap Switch 2016

What is Philips Hue?
Philips hue is a series of smart bulbs manufatured by Philips, hue contains 5 seperate products, Hue, Hue Lux, Friens of Hue,Hue Beyond, Hue Tap. Experts say this is the future of lighting.
Philips Hue is a bulb with chipset inside it, which make it can be connected to the Wi-Fi Network, so you can control the light with smartphone or Hue Tap. You can change the color of the light, or make it darker or brighter as you need.
Usually you need three bulbs to start make your first smart home lights, in the meantime a bridge is also needed. All these products at least will cost you $200.

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What can Philips Hue do?
1.Energy saving. By using LED technology, Hue can save about 80% energy with a longer life span. Most LED bulbs can do it too.
2.Control the light from smartphone. That means when you were out , you can control it.
3.Different colors can be chosen, and dim the light with apps.
4.Compatible with other home automation products.

Is it worth to buy Philips Hue bulb and Philips Hue Tap Switch?

Wheather you should buy depends on what you want. Philips Hue can do a lot to promote your home_life quality, at the sametime it is too expensive compared with other normal lights. Consider most people don’t need to change the color of the light or dim it, you should consider it before you make your decision. But to me, I think it brings me lot of fun, I like to use the Hue to change scene as I need without more lights, and when I’m lazy to walk into the living room, I can just turn off the bulbs use my smartphone.

If you don’t want to spend money for Switch, and if you have a Nest thermostat, you can use Nest to control the Philips Hue bulb. Here is a video about how to connect Hue to Nest.

 

Amazon Echo,one of the best home automation products you should buy

What is Amazon Echo?


Amazon Echo , or you can call it Alexa, is a voice-controlled Wi-Fi speaker which can recognize what you say just like Siri on iOS, the difference is that Amazon Echo stays only at your home.  Most of the home automation Controllers areusually controlled  by touching the screen,  but maybe voice is a better interface than screen.

You can just talk to it like, “Alexa, turn off the lights” . The lights in your house will  dim .  “Alexa,tell me a joke” ,then it speak a joke for you. Plus , you can command him to control other devices like curtain, Thermostat. By using a cloud-based voice service called Alexa, it can also provide play music, news, weather, and audiobooks. This is what Amazon Echo do , and how he do it.

Description & Key features of Amazon Echo:

According to manufacturer,the size of it is 9.25″ x 3.27″ x 3.27″ (235 mm x 83.5 mm x 83.5 mm. It is a cylindrical tube, with  a ring of lights and two buttons on the top,the lights indicates what’s going on ,  an action button to set up the device,  a mute button to cut off the sound.  And the top half-inch of the device is volume ring which can turn the volume up and down.

 

Some new features of Amazon Echo:

Far-field voice recognition, which can make your voice be heard from across the room.

360º omni-directional audio, this can provide a good quality of sound when play music through the dual downward-firing speakers .

Compatible with a lot of home automation products made by other manufacturers such as Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, and Wink connected devices. This compatibly make it possible to control lights and switches with the Amazon Echo.

Conclusion

The Amazon Echo is well-desighed, and its voice recognition technology is really great,  the cloud-based voice interactive interface can responds to your commands very accurately. But is it indispensable? It seems that Amazon Echo can be taken place by other devics like Siri or Google or other Controllers.

Should I Buy an Amazon Echo?

If you’re a Prime, I think you should have a try.  It can make you feel fun and more convenient to control your home automation products. At the same time ,  Maybe you’ll think it’s better to wait until the platform updates and can offer other services and be compatible with more products, but I’m telling you a great job has been done to update the Echo, and it is getting more features day after day. And you’ll find it very easy to learn how to talk to it, she can give you a lot of help.

 

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A Brief Guide of Home Automation And Some Most Popular Smart Products

What is Home Automation?
Home automation is automation of the home, or household activity. Home automation means that you can control the devices in your home from anywhere at any time, such as control of lighting, heating, or air conditioning and all the appliances in your house and so on. One touch of a button at your cellphone or PAD can adjust the settings on heating and lighting or more appliances.

Why you need Home Automation?
Comfortable and Convenience
Home automation can help make your home more comfortable, and make you have more fun! And Home automation can Increases the peace of mind by making everything at home in order.
Convenience&Security
You can turn alarms of your home automation systems on or off from your smartphone from anywhere,and you also can set timers to turn lights on or off or adjusted your thermostats temperature before you go back. By using home automation system you can watch live security camera feeds or get alarm alerts immediately when you were out, it can also let you check if your daughter turned off her curling iron and so on,Home automation make these all possible and easy.
Energy efficiency &Saves Money
Home automation is efficiency and energy savings. By make it possible to turn appliances off as you need at anywhere,and have them work on the day you return, you can save lots of energy.

The necessity products of a Home Automation System?
Home Automation System is a large network of systems, it is composed of security system,lighting control system,heating & air conditioning system and so on. In the past, only some big companies can build a home automaiton system.But now ,through internet ,we can buy nearly all the products you need on online stores.Here are some best products I recommend for DIYers.

 

Amazon echo:

amazon echo
amazon echo

The Amazon Echo is like Apple’s Siri,it is a device which can listens to your order, do something it can do like play music,and it also can tell you the weather or read the latest news for you.

If you can write some code using the opening up APIs and an SDK,, you can make it be the brains of your home automation system.

SONOS PLAY:1

the best home automation product:SONOS PLAY:1
SONOS PLAY:1

SONOS PLAY:1 is a home audio products. It is Sonos’s classsic product of wireless speakers,With its multiroom music technology, SONOS Play can make it be possbile to play music in perfect sync or play different music in different rooms. SONOS PLAY:1 is a best-selling product of home audio.

 

 

Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation

Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation
Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation

Nest Learning Thermostat is one of the best-selling thermostats. It can remember what temperatures you like and set the temperature automatically. After 30 minutes install, you need to do nothing except change the temperature sometime.If connecting Nest to Wi-Fi, you can control it from your smartphone. The biggest advantage is that Nest Learning Thermostat can work with nearly all of 24V heating and cooling systems.