What we need a smart house to build: a selection of inexpensive accessories

Making your house "smarter" is perhaps the dream of almost every second boom, and there are reasons for that. It is very convenient when you can change the temperature in the apartment from the same iPhone, view information on the air quality and humidity in the house on the smartphone, and also receive notifications from the motion sensors. One of the best centralized solutions for this was introduced by Apple and named it HomeKit, but there are other solutions.

A full-fledged smart home system can cost several hundred thousand rubles – it will include electric blinds, an intelligent door lock, a coffee maker that will turn on itself as soon as you open your eyes – in general, the option is not cheap. The difference between HomeKit is that this technology allows you to acquire both expensive accessories and quite budgetary sensors that can satisfy most users' needs.

Unfortunately, there are not many such devices in Russia, and if they are, stores often do "Cheating" to the price of almost double. In addition, many gadgets with support for HomeKit do not have notifications, and if you want to order them from another country, there is a risk that the treasured device is "wrapped" in the customs back (lucky if you do not make a fine pay). We searched and found that there are many devices with notifications, and most of them work with HomeKit.

Let's start, perhaps, with a simple one. Here is a motion sensor from the company Elgato can be installed near the front door to always know who is entering your apartment. As soon as the sensor detects suspicious activity, it immediately sends a push notification to the iPhone, and it will not be able to de-energize it because it works on batteries. It's worth about 50 dollars.

A little more expensive you can take Eve Room Sensor from the same company. This device is located anywhere in the house or apartment and serves to measure the air quality, temperature and humidity in the house. There is even a function of identifying harmful substances, so this is a kind of home climate station. Separate attention deserves integration with Siri, from which you can learn all the information from the sensor.

Another popular sensor manufacturer is Tado. For example, you can install such a temperature controller in the house which maintains the set value due to the batteries and air conditioner. The list of supported air conditioners is very large, and it is sufficient to install special temperature regulators on batteries.

You can control lighting with the help of special intelligent lamps, which many manufacturers produce (but not all have notifications), including Elgato . Several lighting modes, full control from the iPhone – you can forget about the switches. It is convenient, for example, if you choose on vacation and want to create the appearance of a person in the apartment.

But to completely turn the fortress out of an apartment will help such a system of sensors – it can be installed both on the front door and on the windows. With its help, the maximum control of the zones, which can be used by intruders to enter the house, is carried out.

Xiaomi offers another option for arranging a "smart" home (especially important for Android device owners, since they do not support HomeKit). There is an opinion that such devices are better to order in China, but in fact with the Chinese versions there can be many problems – for example, the manufacturer likes to block devices with new firmware. In the USA, international versions of the Xiaomi gadgets are implemented, that is, they are adapted for foreign markets.

In this case, devices are managed not using the built-in iOS "Home" application, but using a third-party Mi Home program available for all platforms. So, for example, you can get smart scales which not only weigh you, but also report health indicators like the percentage of fat deposits, and conveniently aggregate the data in a mobile application.

Xiaomi also offers its smart lamps (like Elgato), only releases them under the subbrand YEELIGHT. This interesting device will cost less than $ 50, but it can be controlled directly from the Android-smartphone (or iPhone), besides there are many lighting modes. Plus a stylish accessory that will complement the interior of any house.

A robotic vacuum cleaner Xiaomi will help you to get out of the apartment . It can be programmed for cleaning at any convenient time, view the route of movement of the vacuum cleaner and even teach it the arrangement of furniture in the apartment. HEPA filters and other useful lotions are included.

These and many other devices for a smart home can be ordered at Amazon.com, although most stores do not deliver goods to Russia, and the price for many positions is very attractive. To help in this case, comes the service "Bandera", which provides you with an American address and itself is engaged in careful sending of the parcel to Russia.

An important advantage of "Bandera" – if, for example, to order several gadgets from different stores at once, you can ask the service employees to combine everything in a warehouse in one package so that the delivery cost less. And for the maximum convenience, the service "Assistance in the purchase" is provided, when the experts themselves buy out the goods, fill in the declarations and accompany during the whole purchase.

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Delivery, as a rule, takes no more than two weeks, after which you can already make your home "smarter" with the help of new sensors. And since notifications for new devices appear every day, soon available for sending devices to Russia will become much more.

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