These days our smartphone is a lot more than just a communication device. Thanks to smart devices and their accompanying apps, our phone is also able to serve as a control center for our home. Traveling and want to be able to check in and see what the baby sitter is doing? There is an app for that. Forgot to turn off the lights when you left? Need to disable the alarm system to let your neighbor come in and water the plants? Want to lower the temperature without getting off of the sofa? There are app-controlled smart home devices that will let you do all of these things, and more, all from your smartphone. And here is a list of some our favorite apps and devices for controlling your home from your smartphone.
This $60 device has an app that once installed, lets you remotely manage the electricity use in your home. To that effect, you can monitor the electricity use from whatever device is plugged into an outlet that is hosting the Insight Switch. So you can use its app to be notified if a device has been left on for a certain amount of time, and then turn it off remotely if you know that no one is using it.
Dropcam’s app lets you remotely view a live feed of what is going on in your home. There are plenty of app-controlled cameras like Dropcam out there, but Dropcam’s app is rich with features, such as push notification alerts, a two-way communication feature, and the ability to zoom in on a live video feed. The Dropcam Pro camera retails for $199.
With the Kwikset Kevo Wireless-Enabled Deadbolt Lock app, you’ll never have to worry about getting locked out of your home again. Well, that is unless, you leave your smartphone behind. The Kwikset app lets you unlock your door wirelessly with your smartphone.
Another product from Belkin’s WeMo series, the WeMo Lightswitch lets you turn the lights in your home on or off, and also set them on a timed schedule. Not too shabby for $50.
The Nest Thermostat is one of the most popular app controlled home automation devices on the market today. Its app lets you see and control your home’s temperature right from your smartphone. The system is even smart enough to learn your schedule and program itself.
Forget to schedule Revenge to record on your DVR? Well don’t fret, because the TWCNYC App lets you access your DVR from wherever you are and schedule recordings.
Apps with similar remote DVR scheduling functionality are also available for free for TiVo and AT&T U-verse customers.
The SimpliSafe app lets you monitor and control your SimpliSafe security system, allowing you to arm or disarm it remotely. The app also works with SimpliSafe’s sensors to send you notifications of leaks, floods, bust pipes, and more.
The Philips Hue family includes a family of color changing lightbulbs, but its app is really where the magic happens. The app lets you control the lightbulbs color schemes to match your mood or decor on the fly.
More and more smart devices with apps that let you control your home from your smartphone are coming out everyday. And most of these devices are affordable to boot. But one thing is for sure, at the center of all of these devices, it’s your smartphone that holds them all together, serving as a one stop control center. So more so than ever before, it’s important to have your smartphone running on a reliable and speedy network. That is where Sprint’s up and coming Spark network comes in, with its fast LTE network speeds and expansive coverage. You can find out more about the Sprint Spark network below.