High Tech Home Automation Upgrades

Eriks Draiska
Published on June 21, 2016

High Tech Home Automation Upgrades

Bring your home into the 21st century with some high tech home automation upgrades.

Today’s market provides a home automation device for each and every room in your home. Below are some of the top home automation products to upgrade your home.

Control Access

Imagine, no more fumbling with keys, the lights turn on automatically as you arrive home or at work. Allow remote access to a tradesperson after checking their credentials via IP camera, even guests arriving before you do. Just send them a pin code to their phone… and a whole lot more. Axeze can offer home or business remote access and security options. 

In the kitchen

Bluetooth thermometer

You will never mistakenly burn your meal again with a helpful smart meat thermometer. It works by sending the information from the waterproof thermometer to your smartphone via a Bluetooth connection, showing you when your pork, chicken, turkey, or fish reaches the right temperature.

Slow cooker

You can start dinner before you leave the office with a Wi-Fi enabled crock pot. By simply swiping your finger across your smart phone you can turn the cooker on, set the temperature, or turn it off to make sure that your dinner isn’t burnt if you are delayed in getting back to your home.

Wi-Fi enabled kettle

Set the kettle to boil remotely by using an app on your smart phone. Whether you want the kettle to be boiled before you get out of bed or ready for you when you get home from work, the Wi-Fi enabled iKettle will boil your water and even hold its temperature for up to a half hour.

In the bathroom

Bluetooth speakers for the shower

Sing along to your favourite songs with the Aquatunes waterproof speaker. The speaker connects to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth and enables you to stream music from your device that is played in the shower. Simply hook the speaker onto your shower rod and press the sync button to link up with your mobile device.

Heated toilet seat

There are alternatives that offer the heating, nightlight or bidet and toilet seat. The seat is illuminated by a blue LED light and is equipped with multiple temperature settings that warm the seat within a couple of minutes.

In the bedroom

Smart bedroom lighting

Smart lighting can help you relax at the end of the day, and even help you fall asleep, with lighting that is personalized to you, with dimming and variable colour temperatures. There are several types of smart lighting products available, with some set by timers that can be easily accessed and changed through your smart phone, while others utilize motion sensors to adapt the lighting to your nightly routine.

Smart windows

Equip your windows with smart window film, or adjustable blinds that operate by a motor, which can be accessed on your smartphone. Smart blinds and shades can adapt and respond to the lighting level outside. Smart window film offers the ability to transition your window from clear to opaque by simply tapping a button on your smartphone.

Home automation for any room

LED lighting

Many older style globes and lamps around the house can be replaced with LED, though a little extra in cost, they save big on running costs. The Light Factory is certainly one place to check out.


Nest thermostat, Amazon Echo, Vera Edge… think of ‘Jarvis’ from Iron Man or a very old show ‘The Jetsons’. These products are in fact technologies that are part of the home automation revolution that is changing the way people live in their homes. The ‘Echo’ speaker takes commands similar to ‘Siri’ on your iPhone but does a whole lot more. ‘Nest’ is a learning thermostat to control temperature. Vera ‘Edge’ is a command module that can control cameras, door locks, sensors and can even tell you when the kids come home from school.

Smart sockets & plugs

Smart plugs are a simple and easy way to make a start upgrading your home. The smart socket device plugs into your existing power outlet and enables you to remotely control the power usage and keep an eye on your energy usage. There are several manufacturers of smart plugs, TP-LINK, Belkin, and D-Link to name a few, and the devices are an affordable way to start upgrading your home with prices ranging from around $50.

Humidity detector

The Humidity Sensor and Fan Control by Leviton can identify the level of humidity in your home and automatically react to it by turning on a ventilation fan. The smart device can be used in the bathroom and any other area of your home to reduce moisture in the air.

Room by room upgrades

If you still don’t really know where to start, there are several home automation and smart home upgrade kits on the market.

The main purpose of home automation seems to make daily tasks easier for the user. No need to rush and try to upgrade everything in your home at once. If home automation is something you are after, start with identifying areas of your home or exact tasks where you would appreciate some technological help. Then research what options are available to fulfil your needs.

Many things are likely to suit you just the way they are, low-tech’ or no-tech’. Over time as we’ll get used to hearing & learning about these devices. As the pricing drops, these and others will become common place.

Let us know what you use as home automation and give us some feedback and reviews to pass on the information.

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