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If you are tired of getting up to turn on the coffee maker or not understanding how your dog made disasters in your home, do not worry, we have investigated the devices that deserve to reach your home to help you monitor it and make it smarter.

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Indoor surveillance cameras

If you are one of those who travel a lot, or simply need to monitor what your dog does while you are not at home, indoor cameras are an object that you will need.

The Nest Cam IQ Indoor offers 4K recording, facial recognition and a good application to monitor everything that happens. Its price is almost US $ 300 but its facial recognition service and all its novelties make it an ideal device. However, if you want to start with something simpler do not lose sight of the Amazon Cloud Cam, which costs just over US $ 100 and gives you 30 days of continuous recording without paying more, something that the Nest Cam IQ does not offer. Both are easy to install and you just have to connect them to your Wi-Fi network.


This is the Ring Video Doorbell 2, very simple to install and the most popular.

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Smart bells

A camera to watch that nobody takes your packages from the door sounds ideal, but if that camera is also an intelligent doorbell that allows you to see who visits you, then it is better.

Smart bells like the Ring Video Doorbell 2 or the Nest Hello You can help in this work. The first one is the easiest to install and also its energy comes through batteries so you do not have to remove it from the wall to replace them, while Google connects to the power of your home so it can be More difficult to place, yes, this has facial recognition and integration with Google Assistant and both cost little more than US $ 150.

Smart speakers

Smart speakers may have a simple function, ask for music from your service streaming through a virtual assistant, but they can do much more for you because they can manage any other device, place appointments on your calendar and even make calls.

He Amazon Echo Dot 3 It is an excellent option for Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant to enter your life, while the Google Home Mini Do the same but connect with Google Assistant. Both cost less than US $ 50.

Smart light bulbs

There is nothing like your desire to save light and be more aware of the environment. That's why smart bulbs needed to be on this list, because many of them have a motion sensor and can be turned on if you're in a room and turned off automatically when you're not in it.