Technology is transforming how we do things daily—at home is no exception. Today, there are a range of smart devices that enable both remote home automation and hands-free voice commands. These features are all enabled with the use of centralized home hubs.
These 3 devices are the leading home hubs available today:
1. Samsung SmartThings (2nd Generation)
The second generation SmartThings hub by Samsung wirelessly connects and syncs a variety of smart products— which includes brands that allow the remote management of thermostats, lights, appliances, speakers, etc. Samsung SmartThings is compatible with Amazon Alexa, so it performs hands-free commands such as set timers, dim the lights, set an alarm and more.
2. Lenovo Smart Assistant
The Lenovo Smart Assistant likewise is equipped with Alexa—Amazon’s smart voice service. This means that like the Samsung SmartThings hub, remote home features are also enabled, letting you: control household devices, ask questions, receive news updates, game scores, play music, place food deliveries and more. It’s compatible with hundreds of smart devices, making it easy to operate.
What separates the Lenovo Smart Assistant to other Alexa-enabled devices (like Amazon Echo) is that it has additional far-field microphones—eight to be exact, allowing it to hear voices from 16+ feet away. The Lenovo Smart Assistant is smart—incorporating a feature that allows it to remember personal preferences (such as music and sport teams).
The Lenovo Smart Assistant also operates with Amazon’s Alexa app, remotely providing all it’s at home capabilities anywhere you are. As you can see, the fact that it’s equipped with Alexa, supports numerous functions, which are both useful and effortless to use.
- Wink Hub 2
The Wink Hub 2 is a second-generation product that allows it to connect with many different smart devices, including but not limited to both Google Home and Amazon Alexa. It is supported by the following connections: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Ethernet, making it easy to work with virtually any interface. The Wink Hub 2, like the above-mentioned hubs, allows the remote management of doors, lights, thermostats and appliances. What’s more is that these can automatically be set to work on a specific schedule. Custom alerts can be set, allowing you to know the interworking of your home—anywhere you are.
There’s a home hub that’s right for everybody, you just have to find one that’s right for your own home. Each provides home automation or voice commands; it’s just their interfaces that operate differently. Be aware that there are other smart hubs available elsewhere, such as one by ADT home security (ADT Pulse) which offers both home automation AND security. The ADT cost for that specific product starts at $50.