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5 gadgets to build a smart home

5 gadgets to build a smart home

Bond Bridge

Many of us have legitimate fears of being made redundant in the workplace by automation or AI. But I bet most of us are all for robots taking over our household chores, and giving us more time to relax and chill. We aren't quite there yet, though there are plenty of smart devices that can help. It just takes some effort to get everything set up, and working in tandem. For starters, a robot vacuum can reduce the amount of cleaning you'll need to do. But even simple smart devices, like motion sensors for lights and smart power plugs can be helpful. Here are five gadgets to consider when building a smart home

Apple HomePod

Apple HomePod
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Have plenty of Apple devices, and thinking of building a smart home? Try the Apple HomePod speaker (around S$400). Not only does it come with Siri, it also offers spatial audio, and can work in a pair for your home theatre setup — if you're using an Apple TV 4K, that is. You can use the speaker to manage supported smart home accessories, like controlling your lights and other compatible smart home devices. Or just set it to play music when you come home, or put on ambient noise before bed.

Bond Bridge

Bond Bridge
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Unless you're building a smart home from scratch, you probably have some “dumb” devices, such as ceiling fans, that lack Wi-Fi to connect to your smart home network. That's where the Bond Bridge (S$176), which bridges this connectivity gap, comes in. It works by controlling these “dumb” devices — which operate using RF signals — by sending its own RF signals, and replacing the remotes. However, it doesn't work with Apple's HomeKit, though you can use a third-party setup like Homebridge to do so

Wiz E27 Smart Color Bulb

Wiz E27 Smart Color Bulb
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One of the basic building blocks of a smart home is smart lighting. And a relatively inexpensive way to start your smart home is to change your bulbs to a smart Wi-Fi connected version like the Wiz E27 Smart Color Bulb. It doesn't require a hub, and the app experience is great. The Wiz is also reasonably priced (S$32), and a more affordable alternative to Philips Hue bulbs.

TP-Link Tapo Video Doorbell Camera Kit

TP-Link Tapo Video Doorbell
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Video doorbells are an essential part of a smart home. They are great for screening visitors, and keeping track of deliveries. One of our top value-for-money picks is the TP-Link Tapo Video Doorbell Camera Kit (S$99), which offers everything from a built-in siren to night colour vision to rich notifications. You can also opt to store video clips locally on a microSD card if you're unwilling to pay for TP-Link's cloud storage service.

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Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni 

Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni
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The Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni (S$1,799) is one of the best robot vacuums in the market. It has plenty of automatic cleaning features, including a dock with a self-cleaning mop and a self-emptying dustbin to help reduce your workload. Its squarish design lets it clean corners more effectively, while the camera has AI-powered features such as poop detection and avoidance. More importantly, the suction power is great.


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