We are almost at the end of 2020 and looking forward to welcoming 2021 with all positivity. The ongoing pandemic has caused many irreversible changes to our lifestyle. The IoT products including smart gadgets and smartwatches play an important role to make our lives much easier and time-saving as everything has now shifted to home.
Smart devices have witnessed immense growth over the past couple of years and the usage of IoT devices has grown exponentially. The IoT devices (Internet of things) have the power to transfer data with other devices over a network. The devices are integrated with sensors, software, and it can also be remotely monitored and controlled.
You might be wondered to know how technology has widened our path. For example, a Smartwatch will not only show the time but also can measure your heart rate, calories, and so on. Some reports claim that there will be 35 billion smart devices online by 2021, and that number will increase to 75 billion by 2025. Here we are enlisting the most used loT products of 2020.
Google Nest Audio
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the use of smart speakers has now sky-rocketed as we look for ways to keep ourselves entertained. Google introduced the Google Nest Audio in the country back in October 2020 which comes as a successor to the Google Home. It features an improved design and offers 75 percent louder audio than the original Google Home.
It comes with a 75mm woofer and a 19mm tweeter and it is priced at Rs. 7,999 and it is available on Flipkart, and Reliance Digital. The smart speaker lets you play music, cast audio, and control your home with your voice. It can be set up using the Google Home App. Further, you can get updates about the weather, news, sports without any hassle.
Amazon Echo Plus
Amazon Echo Plus is a hands-free smart speaker that allows you to play music and can be connected with other devices such as speakers. One can give any commands such as ‘set a timer or alarm’ and it connects via the Amazon Alexa app. Further, a 2.50-inch woofer and a 0.8-inch tweeter are there for superior sound. It also features a cylindrical design similar to the Google Home; however, the price of the Echo Plus is higher than the Google Home which retails for Rs. 14,999.
Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen Smart Speaker
Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) made its debut country back in September and the affordable smart speaker costs Rs. 4,499. The smart device from Amazon features a spherical design and a 1.6-inch audio driver. It can be set up using Amazon Alexa app within five minutes. All you need is the Amazon Alexa app and a stable Wi-Fi connection.
Amazon Smart Plugs
A Smart Plug allows you to turn on and off any appliance remotely using an app. The Amazon Smart Plug retails for Rs. 1,999 which comes with a single 3-socket 3 Wi-Fi plug that lets you control regular fans, lights, and so on. Do note that, the Amazon Smart Plug supports a maximum load of 6A. So, it should not be used to control heavy appliances.
Mi Smart Speaker
Xiaomi has now solidified its portfolio of IoT-enabled products alongside smartphones. The Mi Smart Speaker is the latest affordable smart device from the company which is priced at Rs. 3,999. The speaker offers a premium look with a matte finish on top and also supports touch control which allows you to adjust volume up/down, play/pause music, and mute microphone.
Hindware Atlantic Ondeo Evo iPro
This is one of the best and most useful IoT devices for modern households. Available in 10L, 15L, and 25L capacities, the water heater connects to smartphones via a companion app that allows you to set your bathing schedules, set temperature modes, displays time to heat water, shows you the power consumption, and do a lot more remotely. Interestingly, the smart water heater can also be operated through Amazon Alexa for a complete hands-free experience using voice commands. Hindware Atlantic Ondeo Evo iPro 15L and 25L are available at Amazon.in at Rs. 18,490 and Rs. 20,690 respectively.
Smart Light Switch
Smart light switches let you control the light remotely through the app. However, the light should be connected to a Wi-Fi network. The Belkin WeMo Smart Light Switch is one of the most used Smart Light Switches in 2020. It comes with a clip-on faceplate and also allows you to control lights by using voice.
A doorbell camera makes your life safer in many ways whether you are in home or out. There are different brands’ Doorbell Cam in the market. August Doorbell is one of them which retails for Rs. 27,999 in India and will be available for purchase easily on Amazon. August Doorbell Cam allows you to answer your door from anywhere and enables you to see and talk to visitors. It can be set up by August Home app.
The smart lock is also one of the most used IoT tools in our day to day life. With the Smart Lock, you can easily get to know whether your gate is lock Besides, the auto-unlock feature on the smart lock will open the door automatically when you arrive near the door. The August Smart Lock one of them which can be connected with Alexa and it weighs around 13.9 ounces. Even, Alexa will give you a notification when the battery goes down.
Easy temperature controller
This smart temperature controller helps you to know the temperature of your home and one can control the temperature in their home remotely. There are many smart temperature controllers that are also compatible with voice command technology. In addition, there are so many smart IoT devices such as Smart Plug, Ring Doorbell, Air Pollution Monitor. All in all, people are nowadays very dependent on these smart devices as loT of devices are very helpful to make our daily lives more advanced and easier.