Top 10 smart home gadgets with IoT that enable home automation for enhanced everyday life

Top 10 smart home gadgets with IoT that enable home automation for enhanced everyday life

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The overall vision of a smart home is spectacular but isn’t without a few bumps in the road. For starters, not everything in our houses is smart. Some bulbs are smart, others aren’t. Our ACs aren’t internet-connected, our coffee maker doesn’t run on its own, our curtains don’t move autonomously, and for the most part, we still need to walk to the door to answer it when someone’s ringing the bell. Moreover, even the devices that ARE smart have their own limitations because Google’s products don’t talk to Amazon’s products, and Amazon’s products don’t talk to Apple’s products. The smart home utopia is still a ways away, but the folks at SwitchBot are on a mission to fill in the gaps left by ‘big tech’. SwitchBot’s smart-home products range from everyday IoT devices to some rather unconventional smart home gear. The company makes great security cameras and thermo-hygrometers, but they also make robots that move your curtains, open your doors, and even press switches around the house, automating your garage door, coffee machine, AC, or any other device with a button. SwitchBot’s products really help realize that smart home utopia by unlocking new possibilities. The company uses a universal Matter protocol that allows its products to work with all other Matter-compatible smart devices from all leading manufacturers. That means Alexa can now tell you who’s at the door, Siri can open your curtains when your phone alarm rings, and Google can activate your coffee-maker with a simple voice command! Isn’t that a smart-life worth living?!

1. SwitchBot Curtain 3

We’ve evangelized the sheer genius of these smart curtain robots for 3 years now! The SwitchBot Curtain 3 is a simple robot that attaches to any curtain rod in under 30 seconds, turning your regular curtains into smart ones that you can control with your phone, with shortcuts, or even voice commands. Now in its third edition, the SwitchBot Curtain 3 boasts a new DynamiClamp design that allows it to work on a wide variety of curtain rods and tracks, moving curtains like you’d find in five-star hotels. Why do you need smart curtains, you ask? Aside from the convenience of being able to open/close your curtains without getting out of bed, these robots really uplift your smart home experience. You can sync your curtains with your morning alarm, or have Alexa automatically adjust them while you watch TV. Want to really make them worth your while? Connect them to your smart home and they’ll automatically close when it’s sunny outside, helping cut down on AC bills, or open up to let the right amount of natural light in, so you don’t have to switch the lights on during the day. The SwitchBot Curtain 3 can be controlled through 8 different methods, has a solar panel module to keep it running forever, and even operates on a quiet 25dB motor that feels like magic!

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Why is it noteworthy?

There’s an understated joy to simply saying “Alexa, Let there be light” and having your curtains magically open! SwitchBot’s 3rd Gen Curtain 3 is an iteration of its award-winning product that turns your regular curtains into magical motorized ones. The tiny bots take half a minute to attach onto a curtain rod or rail, working with almost any curtain style. Once placed, the bots slide up and down the rod/rail, carrying your curtain with it, and allowing you to live in a smarter, more comfortable future!

What we like

  • Incredibly easy to install
  • Can be configured and controlled in multiple ways
  • DynamiClamp design allows the Curtain 3 to navigate all sorts of rod designs.

What we dislike

  • Requires SwitchBot Hub for Voice Control feature

2. SwitchBot K10+ Mini Vacuum

Smaller than a 10-inch pizza, the SwitchBot K10+ might be the tiniest autonomous robot vacuum ever made. This compact size isn’t just a random dimension flex, it comes with benefits too as the K10+ now possesses the ability to reach into tighter spaces where your old robot vacuum couldn’t reach. Roughly 50% smaller than the average robot vacuum, the K10+ is up to 90% more efficient, cleaning even more parts of your house like behind the sofa, between the dining table/chairs, and underneath the coffee table (thanks to its 3.6-inch height). Its 2500Pa vacuum effectively picks up dust and debris in the K10+’s path, however, SwitchBot’s SilenTech technology caps the vacuum’s noise at a manageable 48 decibels. The robot vacuum doesn’t have its own dedicated wet mop, but SwitchBot solved that problem using a set of disposable Cleaning Pads that attach to the base of the vacuum, wet-wiping the floor instead. The Cleaning Pad can be emptied in the trash after each cycle, whereas the K10+ automatically empties its dust tank into a Smart Base that also charges the vacuum between routines. The K10+ can be configured and controlled via SwitchBot’s smartphone app, along with smart support for Alexa, Google Home, Siri Shortcuts, and IFTTT.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The world’s smallest vacuum is in itself quite a noteworthy feat! The K10+ is a petite little appliance that does its job quieter and more efficiently than your existing robot vacuum. It sucks and wet-mops (using Cleaning Pads) your floors, navigating those tough-to-reach spots that your Roomba can’t, and then conveniently disposes all the dust in its Smart Base, which boasts 4 liters of storage so you need to clean out the trash less often!

What we like

  • Compact design allows it to reach where most robot vacuums can’t
  • Smart Base stores up to a month’s worth of dirt to reduce trips to the trash can

What we dislike

  • Lack of advanced wet-mopping system like other flagship robot vacuums
  • No retractable wet-mop for when the K10+ climbs on carpets

3. SwitchBot Blind Tilt

The SwitchBot Blind Tilt is to horizontal blinds what the Curtain 3 is to curtains. The Blind Tilt retrofits onto your existing horizontal blinds, turning them into smart blinds that can be controlled remotely through an app, or even through voice commands. Equipped with built-in sensors and an AI-powered algorithm, the Blind Tilt detects the position of your blinds and the amount of light entering your room. These features enable the Blind Tilt to autonomously adjust your blinds to achieve your preferred room brightness at any time. Installing your SwitchBot Blind Tilt is a breeze, requiring no technical expertise or tools. It can be retrofitted onto most horizontal blinds with a twisting wand mechanism (with the exception of the ball-chain ones), and can handle blinds up to 3 meters wide. Once installed, the Blind Tilt can be easily controlled using SwitchBot’s app, through your smart home setup, or even voice commands when paired with SwitchBot’s Hub. Like the Curtain 3, the Blind Tilt can automatically close the blinds when it’s too hot outside, helping you save on air conditioning costs (and vice versa), or it can automatically start opening in the morning to sync with your alarm clock. Plus, with solar panel support, your smart blinds can even run on renewable energy!

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Why is it noteworthy?

The Blind Tilt adds the perfect touch of automation to your home or office, allowing you to quickly get a room dark before you fire the projector for a presentation deck, and then illuminate the room again for discussions and meetings after. It’s incredibly easy to install, and takes seconds to calibrate so the bot understands how much to open/close your blinds each time. And yes, you can connect multiple Blind Tilts within the app to control them together or individually.

What we like

  • Can be easily installed without technical expertise or tools
  • Sensors allow the Blind Tilt to automatically understand how much to open/close your blinds

What we dislike

  • Requires SwitchBot Hub for Voice Control feature
  • Doesn’t work with ball-chain blinds

4. SwitchBot Bot

The company’s first-ever IoT device, the SwitchBot Bot was designed to automate products that weren’t ‘smart’. Dubbed the ‘Button Pusher’, the SwitchBot Bot was an IoT gadget that would stick to switchboards or appliances, pushing switches and buttons with a plastic flipper so that you didn’t have to. Designed to be controlled via Bluetooth or even paired with a smart home hub for voice control, the SwitchBot Bot can turn on/off lights and fans, press your garage door button, or even work your coffee machine. Just align the Bot’s plastic flipper with the button/switch you want to push and an adhesive backing lets you securely attach the Bot in place. Connect it to your smart home setup and the Bot can additionally be programmed to follow routines, switching on the TV when there’s a football game on, or pairing with your alarm clock to press a button on your coffee machine just as you wake up… The possibilities are endless.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The Bot represents the absolute simplicity of SwitchBot’s approach to enhancing homes and lives. We’ve got smart homes with dumb switches, but a simple product like the Bot can help automate them, turning them into remote-controlled ones that can be either operated via an app, voice commands, smart home setups, or IFTTT routines. The Bot simply attaches itself onto a one-way or rocker-style switch, and comes in white or black colors to match your interior decor.

What we like

  • Automates switches that weren’t designed to be smart
  • Can be configured with your smart home to perform complex routines
  • Much cheaper than upgrading to a smart switch or appliance

What we dislike

  • Requires SwitchBot Hub for Voice Control and Smart Home configuration
  • Looks a little intrusive when stuck on top of appliances
  • Makes manual switch/button pushing a little annoying

5. SwitchBot Bluetooth Electronic Smart Lock

What the Bot does to switches, the SwitchBot Smart Lock does to single deadbolt locks. Designed to fit over your standard single deadbolt lock, the SwitchBot Smart Lock automates it, allowing you to open it using an app, Bluetooth, proximity, or even voice commands. A motor in the device turns your door’s lock, either locking or unlocking it. It fits on the inside, still allowing you to use your keys from the outside or even manually turn the lock with your hands if you don’t have the app (or if a guest is opening/closing your door for you). The lock interfaces with the SwitchBot app via Bluetooth, working with your Apple Watch too. Alternatively, pair it with the Hub for WiFi-based connectivity and you can control it through your voice or even configure it with your smart doorbell to open for approved people. The Smart Lock is protected by 128-bit AES encryption and runs on 3V CR123A batteries that give it up to 6 months of use if operated on an average of 10 times a day. Batteries run out? You can still manually operate the lock with your keys/hands!

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Why is it noteworthy?

The SwitchBot Lock is a smart device that retrofits onto your existing door lock, transforming it from a manual lock into an automated one. This innovative gadget is designed to attach over almost any standard single deadbolt lock, allowing you to lock or unlock your door via Bluetooth (or WiFi if you use the SwitchBot Hub) using your phone or even your Apple Watch. The SwitchBot Lock operates on the industry-standard 128-bit AES encryption for added security. And if all else fails, you can still operate the lock manually.

What we like

  • Easy installation
  • Automatically locks/unlocks doors through wireless commands
  • Can still use the lock manually
  • Can remove it while shifting homes

What we dislike

  • Needs SwitchBot Hub for WiFi control
  • Doesn’t fit onto other types of locks

6. SwitchBot Hub 2

The Hub 2 is pretty much the secret sauce behind what gives SwitchBot’s products their true IoT features. Whether it’s the curtain or blind bot, the switch-pressing bot, or even SwitchBot’s retrofittable door locks, almost all the products support Bluetooth connectivity… but add a Hub 2 to your smart home and all of SwitchBot’s products get instant WiFi connectivity as well as Matter compatibility. This means your smart speaker can interface with your curtains, your thermostat can automatically push buttons to turn your fans on or off, and your Apple Watch can automatically unlock your door as you pull into the garage. An integrated infrared blaster also allows your Hub 2 to control infrared-based devices like your air conditioner or TV, unlocking added functionality that seamlessly works across Apple, Amazon, and Google smart home ecosystems. The Hub 2, aside from being a Matter-based IoT hub, even has a built-in thermometer/hygrometer that tells you how temperate and humid your environment is, either on SwitchBot’s app or on the Hub 2’s display.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The Hub 2 is a small addition to your smart home setup, but a massive game-changer for your smart home’s operability. It nonchalantly sits in a strategic position at your home, controlling all your SwitchBot and IR-based devices through smart routines and voice commands. The adoption of the Matter protocol makes the Hub 2 even more easy to use given that it can intercommunicate between Google, Amazon, and Apple IoT devices so you aren’t stuck within one product ecosystem.

What we like

  • Supports Matter
  • Can replace IR remotes
  • Can control products with voice commands and Wi-Fi

What we dislike

  • Needs to be within range for certain devices
  • Display can’t be configured to show extra information beyond temperature/humidity
  • Might need to install multiple Hubs in larger homes

7. SwitchBot Outdoor Meter

Simply put, the Outdoor Meter is a universally usable thermo-hygrometer that measures temperature and humidity pretty much anywhere. It’s IP65 waterproof, comes with a lanyard, and can be hung/placed anywhere to actively measure temperature and humidity, relaying information to the SwitchBot app. This makes the Outdoor Meter rather useful in specific scenarios like greenhouses, pet enclosures, wine cellars, cigar rooms, museum archives, and even within your home. The fact that it measures temperature and humidity is vastly enhanced by the Outdoor Meter’s ability to communicate with your Smart Home via the SwitchBot Hub. Add a Hub to the mix and this meter can now control your thermostat, activate your AC or humidifier, or even ping you with alerts that can help you stay on top of things.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The Outdoor Meter (although also made for indoor use) is a non-expensive device that brings the power of data to your smart-home setup. Hang it anywhere, indoors or outdoors, in the sun or in the rain, and the device still delivers accurate data to you via the SwitchBot app. It’s designed to be wireless, so you can carry it around with you too, and becomes even more useful when paired directly with your smart home setup to enact some incredibly useful home routines… or even outdoor ones, like automatically deploying the sprinklers on a hot, dry summer day!

What we like

  • Portable Design with lanyard and IP65 rating
  • Affordable

What we dislike

  • No display
  • Bluetooth connectivity holds the Outdoor Meter back
  • 2.4GHz Bluetooth waveband can potentially interfere with Wi-Fi and Zigbee

8. SwitchBot Meter Plus

The Meter Plus is the Outdoor Meter’s indoor sibling. Built with a large seven-segment LCD screen, the Meter Plus can be placed anywhere in your house, allowing you to actively measure the temperature and humidity of your space at all times. Use it in a wine cellar, in your parents or elderly person’s bedroom, in a pet enclosure, or in your greenhouse, and the Meter Plus keeps you informed with its built-in thermometer and hygrometer. The large display on the Meter Plus makes it easy to view details, and data is also transmitted to the SwitchBot app, where you can then set complex routines by connecting the AC and humidifier to the Meter Plus to maintain the perfect temperature. You would need a Hub to do that, though.

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Why is it noteworthy?

A small yet relatively visible meter, the SwitchBot Meter Plus is like having your own personal meteorological department in every room. The Meter Plus gives real-time readings of temperature and humidity, making it perfect for rooms where maintaining a certain environment is absolutely key.

What we like

  • Affordable
  • Uses AAA batteries
  • Lasts for 1 whole year on a full charge

What we dislike

  • Screen can’t be customized to display any other information
  • The SwitchBot Hub already has a built-in thermo-hygrometer
  • Has to be within range of the Hub, making it redundant

9. SwitchBot Pan/Tilt Cam 2K

I imagine spy films would be a lot shorter if banks, casinos, and art galleries had the SwitchBot Pan/Tilt Cam 2K instead of your average CCTV camera. Unlike most security cameras that just sit in one position, pointing in a general area, the Pan/Tilt Cam 2K has the ability to turn and look around. With a 360° panning feature, and the ability to tilt 115° up or down, the Pan/Tilt Cam 2K can pretty much look anywhere it needs to, eliminating any blind spots. The camera comes equipped with a phenomenally powerful 2K sensor that works well in the day, but also shoots clearly in the dark thanks to night vision capabilities. If all that wasn’t enough, the camera even has AI-powered motion and human tracking that lets it catch any whiff of foul-play. Motion alerts can be sent directly to your phone, and the camera records 24×7, working diligently through the day. Recordings get stored both locally via SD card or on the cloud if you opt for a subscription, along with tags for detections or any events during the day. The Pan/Tilt Cam 2K might seem perfect for offices or shops, but it’s also designed for homes, with a two-way audio setup that lets you use the camera to communicate with people or pets in your house. If you’re worried about privacy, the camera comes with its own lens-cover that doubles as a privacy filter too. Finally, like all of SwitchBot’s products, the Pan/Tilt Cam 2K gets the secret sauce of Hub integration, allowing you to communicate with the camera using Alexa, Google, Siri, and even IFTTT.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The Pan/Tilt Cam 2K is like the Eye of Sauron. It sees every single thing. The camera’s ability to look around, along with its 2K clarity, Night Vision, and Motion Tracking make it a perfect surveillance device for your home, garage, etc. Use it as a standalone device, a connected smart home gadget, or even a nifty intercom for your kids/pets thanks to that two-way audio feature. That privacy mask is a nifty added feature too…

What we like

  • 360° panning and 115° tilting practically eliminates any blind spots
  • Great Video Quality (Especially at Night)
  • Motion Tracking

What we dislike

  • Cloud storage can get expensive
  • Panning and Tilting features make the camera larger than most

10. SwitchBot Outdoor Spotlight Cam

In the pursuit of designing a surveillance device, it’s common to go a little overboard with details and features. SwitchBot’s Outdoor Spotlight Cam is an example of the opposite. It comes with an elegant ball-shaped design that fits cleanly into a socket holder that you mount on your wall, fence, ceiling, etc. Rotate the ball-shaped camera to face exactly where you need it to, set the camera up on SwitchBot’s app, and you’re good to go. A 1080p lens shows you everything in high definition, especially with its 126° diagonal FoV and its IR night vision capabilities. Like any good security camera, the Outdoor Spotlight Cam has motion and human detection, but as mentioned in its name, it sports two powerful spotlights that illuminate the second it detects anything suspicious. Video logs get stored locally on the camera (with an SD card slot that supports up to 256Gb) or even online if you opt for a cloud storage subscription (with 128-bit AES encryption), and can be accessed via SwitchBot’s app. Emergency alerts get sent to the app too, with real-time footage that you can respond to using the Outdoor Spotlight Cam’s two-way audio feature with a powerful 100dB speaker. Or better still, connect the cam to your smart home via the SwitchBot Hub to set routines like opening the door for guests, or more cleverly, triggering the sprinklers if a raccoon or coyote makes it into your backyard! The Outdoor Spotlight Cam comes with a whopping built-in 10,000mAh battery that has a 90-day standby, but if constantly worrying about charging your camera annoys you, SwitchBot has a solar panel accessory that keeps your camera running all year long!

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Why is it noteworthy?

The Outdoor Spotlight Cam ticks all the right boxes with a high-definition 1080p camera, night vision, motion tracking, two powerful spotlights, two-way audio, and a whopping 10,000mAh battery, all packed into a compact, waterproof, ball-shaped design that plugs into its socket-shaped holder.

What we like

  • 10,000 mAh battery with option for solar-powering
  • That 100dB speaker is LOUD

What we dislike

  • Only connects via 2.4 GHz
  • No pan/tilt feature like the previous camera
  • Ball-and-socket design is intuitive to mount, but also easy to pluck out and steal

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