Apps for Smart Home Technology

apps for smart home technologyToday anything can be run from a smartphone, be it an iPhone or an Android, you can literally do anything. Running a meeting via Skype or Google Hangout? No problem, your phone can handle that. Need to make some adjustments to a presentation? Your phone has got you covered. And now you can even run your home from your phone.

With Smart App technology the possibilities are endless. Are you sure you turned off the curling iron? As long as you have it synced to your Smart App, no problem, you can turn it off remotely from work. Or maybe you want your home to be more energy efficient. Not a problem, with Smart Apps and technology like Nest, you can now control the temperature of your home with one touch of a button on your smartphone. The technology is convenient, accessible, and easy to use. So here is our list of the top three apps for Smart home technology you should look into.

Nest. Nest is what techies call “a learning thermostat”*, meaning that it learns your schedule and preferences to ensure that your home is the optimal temperature for you. Plus it is proven to save energy, making your home more energy efficient, and cutting down on energy costs for you. The app and thermostat are incredibly easy to use, making Nest one of the more user friendly Smart Apps and smart home technologies. The thermostats run for $249, with an optional $119 installation fee, and come in a variety of colors, such as black, white, stainless steel, and copper.

Ninja Blocks. This app is for the person who wants to be able to design their own Smart App and choose what they can control from their phone in their home. No worries, you don’t need to be a programmer to use Ninja Blocks, just their small computers that work off the cloud or Bluetooth. These smart little computers don’t actually look like a computer on your side table, but are little spheres or blocks, that are actually very modern and sleek in design. All you have to do is pair the sphere with the different devices in your home and the app on your phone. From there you can run anything you have paired to the sphere from the app or the sphere itself. The sphere also monitors your devices to let you know if there is a problem, like if you accidentally left the stove on. Ninja blocks currently sell for $249 and come in black or white.

WeMo. It may seem like EVERYTHING is Bluetooth enables these days, but there are still some things that aren’t, like the curling iron or straightener, or the coffee pot. WeMo changes that…sort of. WeMo is a smart plug, meaning it plugs into your outlet and then anything you plug into the WeMo is now smart technology. Pair this with the app and you can now program all of your favorite things to turn on automatically for you in the morning. For example, let’s say you want the coffee pot to start at 8 AM and the straightener to turn on at 8:15 AM, you can now do that straight from your phone with WeMo. The best part? WeMo starts at just $34.99.

These top three apps for smart home technology are just some of the fun and convenient ways that you can customize your home, something that Stonehenge Building & Development is dedicated to. Just like we are dedicated to bringing you the latest and greatest in home technologies. Take a look at our website, browse our portfolio of homes, and view our custom home plans for LBI.  Contact us today!

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