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Posted by Ben Esposito on 7/21/2019

Smart technology has changed how people live and communicate, not just in their daily lives but also within the comfort of their homes. Nowadays, it seems everyone has a smartphone, from teens to elders, and this has ushered some fantastic opportunities for new, comfortable and smart living. From living rooms to kitchens, every area of the house is now getting smart. And one area of the home that has joined the list of "smart" is the garden.  

Whether it is a small garden with plants in tiny containers or an expansive one with several species of plants around, one feature of having a garden is that it boosts your home aesthetic appeal. However, maintaining it can be a pain in the neck. Well, that is in the past as garden maintenance is now simple. From helping you figure out when to water your plants to keep tabs on the soil in your garden, here are four affordable and straightforward gadget that can make your garden smart. 

Netatmo Weather Station

If you want to have a good understanding of your indoor or outdoor environment, the Netatmo Weather Station is the perfect gadget. This module displays live information on outdoor air quality, relative humidity, and temperature. It can analyze previous readings, forecast variations happening around you as well forecast how things may turn out in the future. You can add a wind gauge or rain gauge for a proper understanding of the condition in your garden.

Edyn

Edyn is a one of a kind device built around providing you with information. You shove it into the ground of your garden, and it syncs with your smartphone to give you a different type of information about your garden bed. Furthermore, The device recommends plants to grow based on the conditions. It has an optional water valve, which automatically controls your sprinklers based on the information it gets from your garden soil.

Green Box

Greenbox is a fantastic device built to work with houses that have a sprinkler system installed. This device gives homeowners full control of their watering schedule from a computer, tablet or smartphone. The Greenbox can also be connected to the internet to get information about the weather. It will let you know when it is appropriate to activate your sprinkler and when you shouldn't.

Koubachi Plant Sensor 2

The Koubachi helps sense conditions of your garden soil and gives you tips on how to manage your plants. This device also forecasts weather to help you make useful decisions in your garden. Furthermore, you can connect this device to your smartphone so you can keep an eye on your garden when you are not home. The outdoor model of this device is water resistant, which means you need not take it inside during bad weather. You can as well get the indoor model to keep tabs of the plants in your living room and other areas of the house.

These devices won't cost you are a fortune. Ask your Local gardener for more information.




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Posted by Ben Esposito on 4/7/2019

There is no set amount that a homeowner should spend on a smart house device. In fact, depending on the smart gadgets you purchase, you may wind up spending only a few dollars, or hundreds, on these devices. But if you understand how to shop for smart home gadgets, you may be better equipped than other property owners to find high-quality and budget-friendly smart devices for your residence.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get the most out of your smart home device spending.

1. Choose Only the Smart Home Devices You Need

Although there are many smart home devices available, it is paramount to select only the ones you need for your house. That way, you can keep your smart home device spending in check. Plus, you can avoid the risk of buying smart home gadgets you ultimately won't need.

As you try to sort between smart device wants from needs, consider your day-to-day activities. For instance, if you require energy-efficient and economical lighting for your house, you may want to invest in smart light bulbs. Or, if you are concerned about security, a smart home security system may be an ideal investment.

2. Shop Online and at Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

Smart home devices are available both online and at brick-and-mortar stores. If you shop for smart house gadgets from a variety of retailers, you may find some that offer the optimal combination of affordability, convenience, and quality.

Don't hesitate to ask questions as you shop for smart home devices either. Remember, your goal as a homeowner is to find smart gadgets that can serve you well for an extended period of time. If you ask questions about smart home devices, you can gain the insights you need to make informed purchase decisions.

3. Consider Pre-Owned Smart Home Devices

Smart home device models are constantly evolving, and multiple generations of different gadgets may be available. Keep in mind, however, that an old smart home device model may suit you perfectly at a fraction of the cost of a new version.

Sometimes, you may find pre-owned smart home devices that work great and won't break your budget. If you search smart home device listings on Craigslist and other online marketplaces, for instance, you may find lots of terrific pre-owned smart house gadgets. If you browse these gadgets closely, you may discover a pre-owned smart home device that corresponds to your budget.

For those who want to buy a smart home device, it often helps to remain flexible, too. If you are open to shopping for smart house gadgets from a wide range of manufacturers, you may quickly find a smart home device that is both expertly constructed and affordable.

Ready to purchase one or more smart home devices? Take advantage of the tips above to shop for smart house gadgets, and find devices that fall in line with your finances.





Posted by Ben Esposito on 11/12/2017

Home automation or smart-home technology is just one piece of the bigger picture that is known as the “Internet of Things.” What this term basically means is that as technologies evolve they are becoming more ingrained into everyday objects.

 What was once designated just for personal computers and cell phones is now the domain of any number of everyday objects--from our cars to our refrigerators. This means we can control things remotely, monitor our houses and our belongings, and even see if our babies are sleeping soundly from work via the latest baby monitors.

 One of the most recent implementations of these technologies is in our home security systems. Home automation and security are natural companions, give us an ever-increasing number of ways to guarantee our safety within our homes.

 In today’s article, we’re going to talk about the objects in our home that can be connected to the internet and how you can improve security at home.  

Security or security risk?

Critics of the internet of things often bring up one chief concern--data security. The more objects we connect to the internet the more ways we open our data up to being compromised. To make matters worse, many electronics manufacturers aren’t concerned with the security of the devices they make, giving them no safeguards or encryption against being hacked.

In fact, these objects have already been commandeered by hackers, but not in the way you might think.

A common way to attack a website or service is to simply flood it with more traffic than it can handle. Since WiFi enabled refrigerators, webcams, and baby monitors tend to provide little protection, hackers have found ways to install malware on them that allow them to send all of these devices to a given site in an orchestrated incident known as a DDoS attack (Distributed Denial of Service). All the while your refrigerator seems to be working normally, but behind the scenes it’s part of a “zombie” army of devices.

What items can connect to the internet?

The number of objects that come equipped with WiFi capability grows every day. Some are extremely useful. They can let you know when you’re out of paper towels or laundry detergent, they can tell you if you forgot to lock the doors or turn out the lights, or you can ask them to play your favorite playlist.

However, just because an item can connect to your WiFi doesn’t mean you should let it by default. You’ll need to consider the pros and cons.

Which items can I trust?

Unfortunately for consumers, there is no “safe to use” list when it comes to the gadgets you might have around your home. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t do your research on the items yourself to look for basic security measures.

First, check to see if the items are password-protected or use some form of authentication. You can often find this information on the manufacturer’s website or in the user guide.

Next, think about who makes the product. Reputable companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon all have a lot invested in the security of their customers. As a result, Google Home, and Apple’s HomePod are likely to have stronger security measures in place.

Finally, you’ll have to take a look at your own security habits. Changing passwords frequently, creating complicated passwords, and being careful with your information online are all ways you can help prevent your data or identity from being compromised.




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