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What we should build a smart home: a selection of low-cost accessories

Make your home "smarter" - perhaps a dream almostnot every second geek, and for good reason. After all, it is very convenient when you can change the temperature in an apartment from the same iPhone, view information on the air quality and humidity in the house on your smartphone, and also receive notifications from motion sensors. One of the best centralized solutions for this was presented by Apple and called it HomeKit, but there are other solutions.

A complete system of "smart" home can do.several hundred thousand rubles - electric blinds, a smart door lock, a coffee maker, which will turn on itself as soon as you open your eyes - in general, this option is not cheap. The difference between HomeKit is that this technology allows you to acquire both expensive accessories and budget sensors that are capable of satisfying the majority of user needs.

In Russia, such devices, unfortunately, are nota lot, and if they are, stores often do a “twist” to the price almost twice. In addition, many HomeKit-enabled gadgets do not have notifications, and if you want to order them from another country, there is a risk that the coveted device will be “wrapped” back at customs (lucky if you do not force the fine to pay). We searched and found that there are a lot of devices with notifications, and most of them work with HomeKit.

Let's start with the simple. Such a motion sensor from Elgato can be installed near the entrance door to always know who enters your apartment. As soon as the sensor notices suspicious activity, it will immediately send a push notification to the iPhone, and the attackers will not be able to de-energize it, since it works on batteries. It costs about 50 dollars.

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

Another popular sensor manufactureris the company Tado. For example, you can install such a temperature controller in the house, which maintains the set value at the expense of batteries and air conditioning. The list of supported air conditioners is very large, and it is enough to install special thermostats on the batteries.

You can control the lighting with specialsmart lamps, which are produced by many manufacturers (but not all have notifications), including Elgato. Several lighting modes, full control from the iPhone - you can forget about the switches. Conveniently, for example, if you go on vacation and want to create the appearance of a person in the apartment.

Well, just turn the fortress from the apartmentsuch a system of sensors will help - it can be installed both on the front door and on the windows. With its help, the maximum control of zones that can be used by attackers to penetrate the house.

Another option for the arrangement of "smart" homeXiaomi company offers (especially important for owners of Android-devices, because they do not support HomeKit). It is believed that such devices are better ordered in China, but in fact there can be many problems with the Chinese versions - for example, the manufacturer likes to block devices with new firmware. In the US, international versions of Xiaomi gadgets are being implemented, that is, they are adapted for foreign markets.

In this case, device managementIt is not implemented using the iOS Home application, but with the help of the third-party Mi Home program available for all platforms. So, for example, you can get smart weights that do not just weigh you, but also report health indicators such as body fat percentage, and it is convenient to aggregate the data in a mobile application.

Xiaomi also offers its smart bulbs (likeElgato), only releases them under the sub-brand YEELIGHT. Such an interesting device will cost less than $ 50, but you can manage it directly from an Android-smartphone (or iPhone), in addition, there are many lighting modes. Plus a stylish accessory that will complement the interior of any home.

And to clean the apartment will help the robot vacuum cleaner.Xiaomi. It can be programmed to clean at any convenient time, view the route of the vacuum cleaner, and even teach him the location of furniture in the apartment. HEPA-filters and other useful gadgets - included.

These and many other devices for smart homeYou can order on Amazon.com, although most stores do not deliver goods to Russia, and the price of many items is very attractive. The help in this case comes the service "Banderolka", which provides you with the American address and he himself is engaged in careful sending the parcel to Russia.

An important advantage of the "Parcel" - iffor example, to order several gadgets from different stores at once, you can ask the service staff to combine everything in stock in one package so that delivery costs less. And for maximum convenience, the service “Help with the purchase” is provided, when experts buy the goods themselves, fill out declarations and accompany them throughout the purchase.

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Delivery usually takes no more than twoweeks, 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 there will be much more devices available for sending to Russia.