The Internet of Things (IoT) can make our lives much easier by optimizing simple tasks and removing the human factor from many daily activities.

Unfortunately, it can also be expensive to build a smart home and run You may find that you buy one gadget but need a different add-on to make it fully functional. It drains both your brain and your wallet.

With that in mind, why not treat the smart home of your life to an amazing IoT-based gift this year? Get them something that gives them all the functionality they need in one simple purchase.

Here is our list of tips and tricks:

Philips Hue starter kit (2nd generation)

For those of you who don’t know, at its core, the Philips Hue system is a wireless lighting system.

In practice it is much more.

  • Can be controlled by your smartphone from anywhere in the world
  • Has programmable graphics
  • Can be matched with your alarm clock to provide natural light when you wake up
  • Can be synced to your music on your Hi-Fi or movies on your TV
  • Even works in conjunction with IFTTT

Also, it has just started integrating with Apple HomeKit. make the most of — a big leap forward.

The starter pack is the perfect way to try Philips Hue without the hassle or expense.

It includes three smart bulbs and a central hub that «speaks» to the individual bulbs.

Of course, you can add more equipment later.

Ambient Weather WS-1400-IP Weather Station

With the weather becoming more unpredictable every day, a smart weather station could prove to be a very useful (albeit somewhat unusual) IoT product to invest in.

The $160 package offers users everything they need to start monitoring all aspects of the climate; the ObserverIP module is connected directly to the router, the thermohydrobarometer measures the indoor temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure, and the main unit of the weather station goes outside.

Measurable metrics include:

  • Wind speed
  • Direction of the wind
  • temperature
  • humidity
  • Wind speed
  • Direction of the wind
  • rainfall
  • UV and solar radiation

Users can also publish all results directly on the popular smartphone weather app. Wunderground.

Set of switches and motion sensors WeMo

WeMo products are popular because users can control all their home electronics from anywhere in the world.

This means you can do things like turn the lights on/off when you’re away, make sure you don’t leave the iron on if you think you forgot, or set the kettle to boil five minutes before you come back home.

Available products include electrical plugs and switches, motion sensors, intuitive switches, light switches, cameras, and a smartphone app.

All products work with IFTTT, integrate with email and SMS, and will work with your existing home router.

Available on Amazon for $122, this introductory package includes two switches and a motion sensor — perfect for giving someone a taste of what the system is capable of.

Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit

The Samsung SmartThings system is a home surveillance product that uses a combination of plugs, lights, and sensors to give you better control over your home.

Its features include:

  • Automatically change the color of your indoor lighting based on the weather outside
  • Home motion sensors that can alert you to potential intruders
  • Water sensors you can place under sinks to alert you to leaks
  • Customized audio messages for your family members so they can hear when they get home

Indeed, the possibilities are almost endless.

The home monitoring kit, despite being $249, is actually very expensive.

It includes everything you need to get the job done, including a hub, power outlet, motion sensor, and two universal sensors.

It’s easy to set up and will give the geek in your life a lot of fun.

Arlo Smart Home Camera Security System

It would be great if we lived in a world where we didn’t need door locks. alarm systems and video surveillance cameras. In fact, my grandparents still delight people with stories that the only time they closed their front door was when they went on vacation!

Unfortunately, those days are long gone — in the 21st century, we all need to take care of security. when we are in our own homes and one of the best measures you can take is to install security cameras.

One of the best intelligent systems currently available. reliable reliable is a product released by Arlo.

It comes with HD cameras that will allow you to watch live streamed or recorded videos from your computer or through the app, the cameras have night vision and you can get alerts when motion is activated.

This kit, while pricey, comes with four cameras and a base station, giving you everything you need to get started and providing a great base for adding more cameras in the future.

iSmartAlarm iSA3 Home security system

The perfect complement to the aforementioned Arlo camera system is the iSmartAlarm home security system.

It was originally funded by an Indiegogo campaign but has now become very popular.

It is a self-monitoring intelligent self-monitoring system. which can be armed and disarmed using a smartphone application. It will let you know who is at home or alert you if it suspects authorized activity, and you can even expand the system yourself with the large number of sensors available.

This package comes with a CubeOne hub, two window/door sensors, a motion sensor, two callouts, and two sensor stickers.

What gift would you buy?

What’s the best all-in-one gift on our list? What would you recommend as the perfect gift for an aspiring IoT enthusiast?

We would like to hear from you. You can leave us your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below.

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