Home automation is the order of the day: it is more and more frequent that we have something intelligent at home, be it a robot vacuum cleaner, the office light bulbs or the video doorbell. If you are one of those who are still a bit lost on the subject, we are going to propose some gadgets with which to start your beautiful relationship with the smart home. You will see that in a matter of nothing you become an expert.
What is the smart home and how is it managed?
The concept of smart home is increasingly present among us, however, as we pointed out, not everyone continues to fully understand what it consists of and how it is managed. Let’s say that the ” smart home ” is one made up of “smart” type devices, that is, they can be configured and programmed from a mobile phone or controlled with our voice.
These devices replace other conventional equipment that until now have been part of our house, such as the light bulb, the vacuum cleaner or even the purifier, or they appear as new accessories that only enrich our experience – in this second group we could include sensors that detect if a door is open, for example.
In the vast majority of cases, these gadgets are configured and operated from a mobile phone, so to give you a better idea, we have used one of the most recent Xiaomi phones, the Mi 10T -which is by the way now of offer for Black Friday (in El Corte Inglés) for 399 euros in its 128 GB version-, and its Mi Home intelligent equipment control interface, to which equipment can be added in a very intuitive and simple way as the you are buying and connecting them together to have a perfect connected house framework.
The essentials: where to start
Deciding which equipment for the connected home is essential for you is not an easy task, because it is something rather subjective that responds to the needs that each one has at home. Still, we wanted to make a careful selection of those that we consider most popular and that are usually present in more houses.
And within this group, a smart light bulb cannot be lacking. With it you can control the lighting in your home just by using your voice or through the app on your mobile phone. In the case of the Mi LED Smart Bulb , it is an E27 unit with 60 watts of power that you can activate or deactivate with Google Assistant or Alexa, as well as program it to turn on or off at certain times – great if you want to simulate for example that there is someone at home when you are not.
Another very “smart home” device that you can take advantage of is the Mi Smart Sensor Set kit (now at 39.99 euros, it has a 50% discount!). This is installed on the door of the house and detects when we enter it to activate a chain reaction with other equipment that we have at home. In addition to receiving a notification on the phone , opening the door may mean that the light bulb we just told you about comes on or that if you also have it on the window (several sensors come in the box), that it automatically adjusts the purifier of air to save energy.
Speaking of purifiers, our other proposal to build the ideal smart home is precisely the Mi Air Purifier 3H . Now that we are much more aware of the importance of breathing clean air, you may want to include this device in your living room or bedroom that, of course, you will be able to control and manage from your mobile phone and configure it as you wish.
The Purifier 3H is not too big – beware of this because there are other proposals on the market that are real moles -, it is very attractive to the eye, it has a HEPA filter , it can also be controlled by voice (“Ok, Google, turn off the purifier “) and has an OLED touch screen. Of our favorite smart home teams, of course, which now also has a considerable discount for Black Friday: only 1 59.99 at FNAC.
So far all the elements that we have proposed are very aimed at the comfort and security of the home, but there is also room for fun among all that smart gadget. First with the Mi TV Stick , the device that makes any TV you have at home smart .
We have already told you about it on several occasions and it is a great price device (now it is, by the way, cheaper, at 29.99 euros in the Xiaomi store and in FNAC), very compact, which is installed in a matter of seconds and that offers an Android TV interface to manage you, as well as a command with support for voice through Google Assistant – you just have to press the second button – just below the power – and talk).
We can’t close our basic “Smart” home setup without talking about one of the brand’s launches. Yes, we are talking about the Mi Smart Speaker , a smart speaker that joins the catalog to offer a device with 12-watt sound, DTS professional adjustment, two integrated microphones, Bluetooth and WiFi and support for Google.
It is the perfect complement to close this configuration (with an elegant and compact design, as well as minimalist), since it can become the switchboard with which to interact and control the rest of the gadgets we have talked about. And its price is great: 49.99 euros, although if you buy a 256 GB Mi 10T Pro at mi.com (549 euros) you get it as a gift .
Are you already clear about the equipment with which you are going to set up your smart home?