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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Are you ready for summer travel season? With Memorial Day on the horizon, and school almost finished for the year, many people already have vacation plans for the summer planned out. But have you thought about accommodations for your home while you’re away? Don’t let the threat of intruders take away from enjoying your time off. Utilize some smart home gear from Z-Wave and make your home look lived in – even if it’s not.
Sometimes the smart home can feel pretty futuristic, but often new tech comes along that is aimed at making every day task much simpler. Can you imagine walking into your house, and quickly gesturing at your wall to turn your lights and music on?
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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.
Whether your winters are frozen over or soggy and gloomy, the end of winter means one thing for most of us: a greater risk of water damage. Whether it's frozen pipes that have burst, or spring rains that bring flooding, or drainage systems that are clogged, water in the home is a real issue in the spring. Either way, early detection can make all the difference.
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Have questions about getting started with smart home technology and feeling a little overwhelmed? You came to the right place, because we have answers.
Z-Wave alarm sirens are incredibly versatile – the sky is the limit for what you can do with them. Standard alarms have one sound setting: loud and annoying. So what can you do with your siren in the meantime? Try hooking it up with Z-Wave sensors!
Of all the different types of smart home products — lights, thermostats and cameras, to name a few — smart door locks are among the most popular. Going beyond the simple key, these locks can be operated using your smartphone, and can be connected to a larger smart home system to make your life easier.
Smart homes filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable.
The new motorized deadbolts utilize the Z-Wave wireless protocol to enable true remote locking and unlocking. This allows homeowners to remotely access and control the lock from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone, tablet or Internet connected device.
Home automation is what it sounds like: automating the ability to control items around the house—from window shades to pet feeders—with a simple push of a button (or a voice command). Some activities, like setting up a lamp to turn on and off at your whim, are simple and relatively inexpensive.
For example, if someone needs to be let into my house when I’m not there, I can let someone in, and can even join with a thermostat or some Z-Wave lights. Z-Wave is a wireless technology that lets smart devices communicate with one another. Household products are made "smart" when Z-Wave connectivity is added inside the product’s design.
The Fibaro Smart Z-Wave detects temperature, light, and more. It alerts you on your smart device when it detects activity.
Connection to all of your smart devices shouldn't be an issue whatsoever, given that the SmartThings hub offers many of the well-known wireless protocols, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, and ZigBee.
Smart home devices can be connected using the Wi-Fi network, but Almond 3 also works with ZigBee and with Z-Wave and Bluetooth through the use of Bluetooth dongles. As a result, Almond 3 works directly with most major smart home products on the market — including Amazon Echo.