Home automation is all the craze these days. With the constant upgrading of smart home devices, daily tasks at home are now much more convenient and easy to carry out. Soon enough, you won’t even have to get off your couch to do a single thing! But till then, get an early experience of a smart home system in Singapore with these devices!
Since its release, smart speakers like Amazon Echo have been finding their way into homes. With virtual assistants like Alexa, users can get any information on the fly.
This speaker boasts seven microphones with noise cancellation technology. The omni-directional speaker also provides great sound from any angle. But the biggest one-up for the Echo is its compatibility with most 3rd party smart home devices. Lazing on bed but yet want to change your music? Fret not! You can now use your voice to play your desired song! The more you interact with the Echo, the smarter it gets as it adapts to your speech patterns and vocabulary.
2. Google Home Hub ($103.99)
If you’re looking for smart home devices with more information depth, Google Home Hub is the one for you! It is powered by Google assistant, which means you can readily seek help by saying “Ok Google”. Not only can this device provide visual updates on your queries, it also act as the centralised interface for all of your smart home devices! This digital helper can also transform into a digital photo frame to showcase your photos in a slideshow – bonus!
3. Samsung Digital Lock ($1,199)
Have you ever faced the problem of forgetting your keys and having to wait outside your house until someone comes home to open the door for you? With this digital lock, fear no more! Enjoy keyless entry via RFID tags, fingerprints and pin numbers with a smart digital door lock. The lock even features a handle for folks who may have their hands full. Instead of placing your goods down and turning a doorknob, simply push the handle with your elbows to gain entry.
4. Xiaomi Mijia Security Monitor ($44.90 – $63.90)
Feeling a little unsafe? Well don’t be! With a wireless camera for the home, you can always keep track of events that go on while you’re away. IP cameras work like traditional surveillance cameras but with more functions like night vision so nothing slips past in the dark! Additionally, if you have a baby at home who is crying, an alert message will notify you to quickly attend to your baby! How cool is that?
5. Smart Air-con Controller ($139)
There are some things you won’t know you need until you actually own it — like a smart air-con controller. Do you often feel like you’ve stepped into an oven after returning home from a long day of work? Chances are you’ll absolutely adore this small smart device. It can control all your air-cons at home, as well as allow you to schedule automated operating hours to conserve electricity.
The most powerful function of this smart air-con controller is its ability to turn on the air-con based on your proximity from home! Likewise, it will automatically turn off all air-cons when occupants leave the house. Bid adieu to unnecessary electricity consumption and wastage once and for all with this smart home device!
6. Philips Hue Light Bulb ($85)
One of the essential smart home devices you must get is a smart light. Once purchased, download the companion app on your smartphone to enjoy some funky lighting. It’s also the perfect housewarming gift idea for your tech-savvy friends!
The Philips Hue Gen 3 comes with a wide range of colour options! Want to create the perfect ambience for gaming? Pick purple from the app’s colour wheel and bam! Purple lighting!
7. Philips Hue Bridge ($79)
If you are planning to get more than one Philips Hue, then it will do you good to get a Philips Hue Bridge as well! It is a home automation device that allows you to control all Philips Hue smart lights around the home by using your Phone, iPad or iPod touch. You can even configure certain settings for mood lighting. Whether it’s disco lighting for a party or soft lighting for a romantic date night, you can easily set the lighting for the mood you are trying to create!
8. Xiaomi Mijia Smart Toothbrush ($23.85)
You may think that using a smart toothbrush is unnecessary, but it actually helps you take care of your (often neglected) oral hygiene. The Xiaomi Mi Electric Toothbrush can effectively clean your teeth with customisable brush modes to suit your needs.
The electric brush also has an accompanying app that helps to monitor if you are brushing correctly – whether you are brushing too quickly, too gently, too hard, too little and more. This saves you trips to the dentist, with the app compiling data regularly to help you achieve the smile you want!
9. TP-LINK KP105 Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug ($21.90 – $40)
Expand your home automation efforts with a smart plug. Smart plugs let you control the power supply of home appliances. All you need is the free Kasa App that goes with the smart plug and you can enjoy wireless control of the power supply. You can even schedule the power supply like the smart light switch. It automatically switches off other smart home devices and electronics at the assigned timing, perfect for forgetful folks!
10. Premium Smart Pet Feeder ($148.90)
Since you can automate so many aspects of your home, why not extend this convenience to your pets as well! This premium pet feeder automatically dispenses pet food according to the schedule you set via a smartphone app. That’s not all, you can even adjust the food portions accordingly to avoid overfeeding.
The best part about the PETFUN Premium Feeder is that it comes with an in-built HD camera so you can check on your pets remotely through the app. This smart device’s two-way audio capabilities also allow you to communicate with your furry pals while you’re at work!
11. IRobot Rommba 980 ($1379 – $1427)
Yup, you can even automate house cleaning. Get yourself a robot vacuum like the IRobot Rooma 980 to schedule cleaning times, configure cleaning preferences and even track the overall cleaning performance. The best part? It is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant!
12. XiaoMi Mijia Bedside Table Lamp ($48.80)
You might be wondering, why would I even need a smart lamp? Do bear in mind that this is not any ordinary lamp! With a simple touch and slide, adjust to your desired brightness and colour. You can also use the XiaoMi XiaoAi Smart Alarm Clock to control the lamp!
13. Xiaomi XiaoAi Smart Alarm Clock ($80.60)
Don’t be fooled by its simple design, this is no ordinary clock – this voice command smart clock has the power to control more than 100 Xiaomi smart devices at any time! Think of the XiaoMi XiaoAi Smart Alarm Clock as a virtual housekeeper who is on standby at all times. Want to switch off your XiaoMi MiJia Bedside Table Lamp? Simply let your smart clock know and voila, your room dims and it’s time to sleep! If your house is already equipped with several XiaoMi smart home devices, you should just purchase the alarm clock to give yourself a comprehensive smart home living experience!
14. Midea Digital Rice Cooker ($69)
A smart home in Singapore would not be complete without a smart kitchen. Transform your kitchen with the Midea Rice Cooker which features a concave heating element that helps to cook your rice evenly. This cooker also has smart temperature control to ensure that your rice is cooked all the way through without leaving rice residue stuck to the sides. You don’t have to struggle with scrubbing your rice cooker anymore!
The coolest part? Simply load it with ingredients and set the time you want it to be ready by. Up to 24 hours later, your porridge or rice is ready to be eaten. Thank you technology for the Smart Pre-set Timer!
15. Mi Body Composition Scale ($26.90)
Regular weighing scales may not be for everyone, as it may put off people who are trying to build muscle or big-boned people. However, with a smart scale, you can understand your body composition better. For example, the Mi Body Composition Scale helps to break down your body weight into 10 different data points, including muscle mass, bone mass, body fat and basal metabolism.
You can also sync the scale to the Mi Fit app for easier analysis and to track your progress. It also can store information for up to 16 users, which means your whole family (including your aunts and uncles) can join you in your fitness journey!
It’s time to step into the future with these smart home devices
With more devices working as virtual assistants, it is the best time to get your smart home ready for the future of home automation. Just got the keys to your BTO? What good timing! With a clean slate, you can easily install any of these smart home devices!
This article was updated on 11 June 2020. Additional research done by Elizabeth.
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