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Creating a smart home is becoming much more common, especially since a couple of decades ago, it seemed an aspect of the distant future. Now, with the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s becoming easier than ever before to connect various appliances in your home and effortlessly control them. There are also plenty of new technology that makes your home much safer and helps your family communicate without much hassle. Here are some of the best pieces of technology you can get to turn your home into a smart home.

Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo is a great option for people who are first exploring the reality of a smart home. This device is relatively easy to use and functions similar to other voice command technology, such as your phone. At first glance, Amazon Echo seems like a hi-tech Bluetooth speaker that you can easily use in your home, however, it’s much more. As you become more comfortable using it, you can program the Echo to add events to your calendar, search the web, and even controlling other smart home devices (which is really convenient for the other items on this list).

Philips Hue Lightbulbs
These LED lights are energy efficient and they’re fun to use. You can choose from 16 million different shades of color and also dim the lights. With the Hue lightbulbs, you can turn lights on and off in your home using an app on your smartphone. You’ll save energy and can have fun doing it!

The Nest Cam
This camera is the next level in home security. With the Nest Cam, you get a high resolution security camera that’s also wireless. You can stream the footage from the camera from your smartphone and save images and video. If the camera detects suspicious activity, it’ll also send you notifications and take photos of the movement.

Withings Aura
If you have difficulty sleeping, Withings Aura might be your solution. While this device is a bit pricey, it might be worth it if it can improve your sleep. Withings Aura tracks your sleep and also using programed lights and sounds to help make it better.

Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat
If you want your rooms at different temperatures or varied throughout the day, the Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat will be perfect for you. This smart thermostat allows you to program what temperature you want in each room, when, and you can control it all from your smartphone, so you never have to worry about managing it yourself each day.

August Smart Lock
We’ve all had the experience of digging and searching for our keys, not knowing where they went. With the August Smart Lock, you no longer have to worry about having your keys in hand or hiding a spare key that could be found by a criminal. Now, you simply sync this device with your smartphone and now you control who can unlock your home and avoid constantly losing your keys.

Parrot Pot
This piece of tech is perfect for people who have plants, but travel a lot, or for people who just can’t remember to water their plants regularly. You simply fill up the container and it’ll determine when to dispense water to your plants. This way, you won’t have to worry about forgetting to water them or finding someone to take care of them when you’re out of town.