Make your house extra spooky this year with some of these smart home devices. That’s right! Get smart this Halloween with some of the coolest technologies available today. If any of these devices catch your eye, schedule a consultation today with one of our EG Home Theater experts.
We can talk to you about installing these devices, teach you the ins and outs, and where you can build the smart home of your dreams from there.
Read on for some fantastic devices from some cutting edge brands.
Below is an excerpt from “Best Smart Home Treats To Trick Your Halloween Guests” by Ara Wagoner as originally published by Android Central. To read the full article, please visit www.androidcentral.com.
Google Home Mini
For blending into your spiderweb-covered foyers and controlling your ‘haunted’ home, the Google Home Mini is the price-performer. Google Assistant is compatible with over 10,000 smart home devices from 1,000 brands, and this compact speaker has dozens of mounts, covers, and bases to hide it away or dress it up.
Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Generation)
Amazon’s speakers are great for home control, but the upgraded Echo Plus is the best of the best. This chubby speaker has a big, beautiful sound, and there’s a Zigbee smart home hub built right in, meaning it can control thousands of smart products without needing an extra hub to interface through, such as the Philips Hue bulb that is bundled free with the Echo Plus right now!
Anker Soundcore 2
Almost no smart speakers are portable or waterproof, but Google Home and Amazon Echo devices can pair with Bluetooth speakers that are both, like this one! Once connected, summon and control spooky sounds or terrorizing tunes from up to 60 ft away — oh, and you wanna make some parents run screaming for the hills? Start playing Let it Go! You’re welcome!!
Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM
UE makes some of the best portable speakers money can buy, and the WONDERBOOM packs a big sound inside a compact, (dare I say) cute IPX7 waterproof shell. Just hide it behind one of your skeletons and watch kids run away in terror when you Broadcast your loudest evil laugh to the Google Home or Amazon Echo paired to it.
Philips Hue Starter Kit
Philips Hue lights are easy to set up, easy to control via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and this kit will give you a Hue Bridge and two A19 color bulbs to use in any standard socket. Dip your toe in the world of smart lighting and flicker the lights without having to jiggle a lightswitch all night, just say “OK Google, let’s get spooky!”
Nexlux LED Strip Lights
If Hue lights are a bit much for your wallet, no problem! These lightbulbs are more affordable, and they don’t rely on a proprietary hub that steals one of your router’s LAN ports or clutters up your office. Strip lights are also easier to spread out your spooky lighting over a wider area, mounting them under the edge of your roof or a bar area.
Amazon Smart Plug
Smart plugs are seemingly everywhere these days, but Amazon’s is the easiest to set up if you have a second-gen Echo device: plug in the Smart Plug and your Alexa app will buzz you a few seconds later telling you setup has been completed. Not started, completed! This plug is indoor-only and Alexa-only; sorry, Google Assistant users.
Arlo Security Light
Smart home effects are only useful if you can trigger them when someone’s nearby. Arlo Security Light buzzes your phone when it detects invading trick-or-treaters, and then you can spring your trap on them. Once the holiday’s over, this weatherproof, wire-free sensor and intelligent dusk-to-dawn light can help keep your yard safe all winter long.
This outdoor motion sensor option gives you live video of your prey — ahem, “neighbors” — so that you can see who is walking up and which effects you should trigger for them. Like the Security Light, the Ring Doorbell can help secure your home long after the jack-o-lanterns rot away — and help you defend your holiday shopping from porch pirates!
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Source: Android Central