Holiday Tech Gift Ideas 2015-2016: Home Automation

The big thing this year has been the Internet of Things and Home Automation. Being able to control your lights, your thermostat and even your appliances from your smartphone is pretty unique. And it's only going to get better in the next few years. There are some really unique home automation products out on the market this year, and let's take a look at a few of those now, in this edition of Holiday Tech Gift Ideas.

Nest Learning Thermostat

This is the third generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat. It's a smart thermostat that you can use in your home and it can be controlled from your phone anywhere in the world. Once more it can adjust the temperature of the house automatically, so you won't be too hot or too cold. Thus saving you money on your heating and electric bills each month. With the Nest app, you can also check the energy usage history and see where you can save even more energy.

Amazon Echo

A lot of people may think the Echo is just a Bluetooth Speaker, but in reality it's way more than just a speaker. The Echo is also a home automation product, and it's powered by Alexa who can communicate with a wealth of products. For instance, if you have Philips Hue lights, you can ask Alexa to turn your lights on/off without having to touch your phone or the light switch. You can also get news headlines, sports scores and so much more from the Amazon Echo.

Ring WiFi Enabled Doorbell

Do you want to see who's at your door before you make yourself known that you are home? The Ring doorbell is great for that. Using your smartphone or tablet (even when you're not at home) you can see who's at your door and even talk with them to see what they want. All of this saved in the cloud too, so the next time Fedex or UPS says they delivered a package, you can see whether they really did or not. The Ring doorbell is simple to set up and also comes in a slew of colors to match your house.

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