Top Home Automation Devices of 2015

At Halo Smart Labs, we’re excited about other innovations in the home automation industry! Besides our smart smoke alarms, here are some of our favorite connected home products of 2015: • Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion ($80) – This affordable devices offers the ability to control home electronics from anywhere. Any device that plugs in to an outlet can be plugged into the WeMo, and afterwards can be turned on and off from your phone. With no subscription fees and plug-and-play simplicity, it’s a great starter unit for budding home automation enthusiasts. • Nest Learning Thermostat ($250) – With a sleek design and ease of installation, Nest’s Learning Thermostat can quickly incorporate into your home. Instead of you programming the device, Nest learns your heating and cooling preferences over time and adjusts accordingly, saving both energy and money. Initially, it’s one of the more expensive pieces of home automation tech, but over time it streamlines your home life and saves you money. • Netatmo Welcome Camera ($199) – With its revolutionary facial recognition technology, Netatmo Welcome sends the names of the people it sees directly to your smartphone, letting you know when children or elderly parents are at home. The system also alerts you when it sees strangers. You can also customize privacy settings for individuals, turning off notifications for adolescent children or partners. With no subscription or contract and a local SD card that keeps your data safe, it’s a great device that offers peace-of-mind and privacy. • SmartThings Hub ($99-199) – This standalone smart hub is the brains behind one of the best home systems on the market. It’s compatible with IFTTT, offers easy-to-install sensors, wide product compatibility, and no monthly fees. Some users say that their smartphone app is a bit overcrowded, but the hub is easy to set up and delivers on its promise to make the Internet of Things more accessible. • August Smart Lock ($250) – It may be the most expensive smart lock available, but its strong user management and convenient automated features make it the leader in smart lock systems. There are a few glitches—you can’t control it over wi-fi without a separate hub, and Android users don’t get to auto-unlock at launch—but overall, its ease of use and polished look make the August Smart Lock the best of its kind on the market. • Stack Smart Bulbs ($150) – Stack is one of the first connected home light bulbs, learning to respond to your preferences without the flip of a switch or instructions from your phone. Installation is simple; just screw in the Stack bulb and connect with your smart phone. The starter kit can be preordered today and includes a hub and two bulbs, with additional bulbs at $60 each. The home automation industry is booming, and new devices come out all the time. We're excited about Halo and all these other amazing devices. Do you have a favorite connected home device? Tell us in the comments!