Whether you're a techie or not you've likely heard of CES, the largest consumer electronics show in the world. CES is the place where companies come to launch their newest gadgets and gear and it gives shoppers a chance to see what's coming in the next few years.
A constantly evolving trend spotted at this mega-show? Smart home technology of course, and Z-Wave was present in full-force. If you follow us on social media you may have seen photos or video of the Z-Wave Experience Home – a live demo with mock rooms fully decked out in Z-Wave gear or the Z-Wave Alliance Pavilion exhibiting over 50 members and their Z-Wave compatible products.
Want everything you need for water damage prevention management in your home pieced together in one cohesive package? The Guardian from Dome by Elexa offers just that with a system that not only notifies about water leaks and potential flooding, but actively works to stop them.
The Fibaro Button is a Z-Wave scene controller that allows you to quickly activate or deactivate any device or scene within the home by simply pressing down on it. This fun device is available in 8 different colors to fit any décor (we love this one in blue!) and can be mounted to virtually anywhere in your home.
New to smart home technology? Smart lighting like the Jasco Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus LED Bulb is a great way to get started. Couple these bulbs with the new Z-Wave GE Smart Multi Sensors and Motion Sensors, and you have an energy efficient smart home with functions like wirelessly triggered scenes that automatically turn lights on when you enter a room and shut off once you've left.
A smart home offers not only convenience but also the promise of a more secure and manageable home. The Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock Z-Wave model operates exclusively via the touchscreen or through your phone. That's right, no more keys! Simply type in a personal code to unlock the door and gain access.
Looking for even more ways to manage home security? This doorbell sensor from Nexia sends an alert directly to your smartphone when your doorbell has been rung, and can even sync with a Nexia outdoor camera so that you can monitor and view anyone who may be on your front porch or doorstep while you're away.
Smart home technology doesn't have to mean just smart bulbs or locks – it can be a great fit for home décor as well. Use Z-Wave technology to sync LED lighting via these easy to install strips with your smart home scenes and accent your home with over 16 million color combinations.
These are just a few of the many smart home products that work with Z-Wave (over 1,700 certified products worldwide!) so be sure to take a look around the Z-Wave site for even more smart home gear. Our solutions page makes it easy to find everything you need for the way you and your family lives.
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Smart home gear is all about convenience. It saves you time and money and keeps you safe – but it's summer! Time to kick back and relax. So let smart home tech help you do that for all your outdoor entertaining.
Whether it's the inside or outside of your home that could use some fine tuning, we have a smart home project using Z-Wave tech for you. Check out these 3 projects that you can do over the weekend without spending a ton of time or money.
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In recent years, smart home technology has radically transformed the home security landscape, with numerous changes and developments over the years. To understand the impact of smart home on the security space, it helps to take a closer look at what security systems looked like before and after the onset of smart home tech.
With renting comes a lot of different considerations – you're generally restricted to what you can install or add to walls, and switching out installed items like a thermostat is usually frowned upon. So how do renters install a Z-Wave smart home with tech that they can bring with them after they move? We have a few solutions.
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Spring is here, and that has all of us feeling a lot greener. After all, it's hard not to think at least a little bit about the environment when you've just watched nature call forth all of her bud-tipped bounty! Green devices offer plenty of ways to celebrate the springtime renewal from the safety of the porch—while cutting the Earth a break at the same time.
A smart home can protect you from an unwanted intrusion, but how else can it protect your home? According to the most recent full-year statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, 365,000 home fires caused 12,875 injuries and 2,380 casualties in 2012, leading to $5.7 billion in damages.
I have Somfy motorized blinds, and I ended up buying a Z-wave controller that translates Somfy's proprietary protocol to Z-wave so I could control it with the Echo, $179.99 at Amazon using a hub like SmartThings or Wink, $60.28 at Amazon for voice control.
Americans expect homes will have at least one piece of smart home tech in them within 10 years, with smart homes being as commonplace as smartphones by 2025, according to a recent study underwritten by Intel. And that prevalence of smart tech is expected to come with some big benefits.
The homes come standard with home automation that includes locks, lights and a wireless alarm system. Among the products are: Schlage Z-Wave lock, Trane Z-Wave digital thermostat, and Nortek Z-Wave lighting control
So how can a smart home improve your everyday life? For starters, they are surprisingly easy to use, make life more efficient and add a comforting layer of security to your family's home.
The Fibaro Smart Z-Wave detects temperature, light, and more. It alerts you on your smart device when it detects activity.
One of the best reasons for upgrading your home with smart devices is to conserve energy (and money spent on energy bills). And there's no better time than now
We hear an awful lot about smart homes these days. We know about smartphones, smart watches, smart appliances, smart cars, and more. As these separate devices converge around the places we're in the most, the internet of things rises up around us.
As this high-tech world we live in continues to bring new advancements to the market, more and more home buyers are also searching for a home that is smart.