Make Life Easier with a Connected Home!

Have you ever seen or watched The Jetsons? As I was growing up, I can’t get enough of their misadventures while living in a futuristic world. Everything was high-tech and revolves around automated devices such as their beloved robot maid Rosie! I used to wish to have the opportunity to experience such technology first-hand – but given that I am watching it from a cartoon show, I didn’t keep my hopes up. I would never have expected for that wish to come true, but it did! With the help of devices like Google Home, Philips Hue, Chromecast, Nest (and so much more!) … that dream slowly became a reality.

Having a smart home meant making life so much easier. It truly is a good time to be alive! Now I can simply talk to our Google Home and use voice command to automate certain tasks. This amazing device is a voice-activated speaker that is powered by an AI (Google Assistant). If you’re familiar of Siri from Apple, then you pretty much get the idea of what this device can do — but just way much more! I tried testing both and Siri can’t even keep up. It is understandable however as Siri is built just to improve the usage of our iOs devices. While the Google Assistant is developed to manage not just the Google Home but as well as connect and control compatible smart devices.

Google Home

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With as simple as “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” I can ask questions such as the time, latest news, current events, play music, research topics, and yes — help me manage activities and task. It’s more than JUST a speaker — it’s an AI that will take your life and your home to the next level.

Ever came home to a dark house and had to maneuver your way around while carrying a bag of heavy groceries? Been there, done that. It wasn’t easy to find my balance while trying to search for the light switch. With Google Home and Philips Hue, I can just ask the assistant to turn on the lights for me.

Philips Hue

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Controlling light function at your fingertips? How about with your voice? Philips Hue Lighting does all of that plus more! You can now control the colors of your bulb and make it adapt to your mood. Ever wished for it to be a particular color while watching movies or tv shows? You got it! How about a relaxing color while soaking up in a bubble bath? Now you can take the spa experience straight to your own bathroom! You can even ask Google Home to play a relaxing music or nature sounds to have the full spa momentum. Check out how I utilize both the Google Home and Philips Hue Lighting on this video …

Cool right? Absolutely! You can even create custom schedules and routine to quickly adapt to your lifestyle. This breath-taking technology is also energy-efficient while offering millions of colors and allowing its user to try out all of Philips Hue color and ambiance options.

Philips Hue in Green

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Philips Hue in Pink

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Loving the technology so far? Kick things up a notch by adding Chromecast to your home’s arsenal. You can automate playing your favorite shows, movies, and even music using voice commands through Google Home. Forget the remote while preparing and cooking a delicious home-made meal for your family — just ask your assistant to pull up a show directly from Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, HBO, CBS and so much more!

Google Chromecast

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What’s even better is that it’s super easy to operate and you can even mirror content to your TV straight from your laptop or smartphone!

As for those who are always on the go or who loves to travel – you can forget about setting your home’s thermostat and take control of the heating as well as cooling with the Nest Learning Thermostat. Aside from the fact that it learns your actual habits and adjusts automatically to accommodate your needs, it can be controlled from anywhere! All you need is the free app to control its function even if you’re thousand of miles away. It is super easy to install, and its sleek design makes a great design and addition to any home.

Nest Learning Thermostat

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The Nest Learning Thermostat is more than smart, it’s also safe! It is capable of offering additional protection in case of emergency by purchasing a Nest Protect – a device that helps manage your gas furnace for any possible issue or problems.

Ready to make your life easier? Head on over to Best Buy to avail these products today …

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. While this post is sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are as always, solely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support AngelaRicardo.com
Comments

  • robin rue

    This definitely does sound like it would make life easier. I would LOVE a smart home someday!

  • Karen Morse

    Google has definitely done a lot for us! They’ve managed to make life convenient when you’re on the go and now they’re working towards doing that at home! SO cool!

  • Cassie

    It’s crazy how much you can do now with technology – we haven’t really got anything too crazy in the house at the moment but i definitely want to try!

  • Heather Johnson

    I must admit that I am a bit wary about all that connected tech in my home. I worry about hackers gaining access to my most private space.

  • Misty Nelson

    We love our Google home! It really does make life easier. I used it today to get the ingredients to a peach cobbler real quick so I could whip up something while making dinner. And my son loves to ask our Google to tell him a joke. All DAY!!

  • Sondra Barker

    Wow, this sounds like a life saver, I will have to test it out and see how it works for me. Also, great picture, I love your aesthetic!

  • Stefanie

    I love the lamp from Philips!! But I also have to admit that I don´t feel super comfortable with a total cntrol over my phone…

  • Amanda Love

    How cool is this! I think it’s awesome that you can control everything in one device, you don’t have to get up and walk! This is the kind of technology you’ll want to take advantage of.

  • Cecilia

    This was a great read! It’s really interesting to read about what a smart home is and can be! Thank you for this interesting text, and the beautiful photos!

  • lex

    the world we live in today is technology driven so these are welcome development and for the tech giants to be behind such goodness for the world is nice.

  • Elizabeth O

    Yes, we have definitely caught up with the Jetsons in this tech savvy generation. Like you, I loved the show and many of the gadgets that make our lives so much easier….
    Oops, those Philips hues bulbs are calling me, gotta dash! 🙂

  • Jessica

    Technology has come a long way. I love that there are things like Google Home. I can’t afford to purchase any of these cool gadgets now, I hope to eventually because they are cool!

  • Leah

    These are all great in theory, but I wonder when google will go too far with all it’s mod tech? I love the lights though! Perfect way to change the mood in a room x

  • Nellwyn

    It feels like the future has arrived when I hear about products like these! I stayed in a home that had a Nest thermostat once and I really liked how simple it was to use.

  • Cindy Ingalls

    I have a Nest camera on my front door and love it. I like that I get alerts on my phone and email whenever there is activity, be it a person or a bunny rabbit. Beyond that, I haven’t ventured to into smart home technology, but I am interested in having my home work more efficiently.

  • Jenny

    This is so cool. All of these home technological advances blow me away. I am so old school and haven’t updated anything but I would love to try some of these one day.

  • Shevoneese

    The hue lighting and Google home are so freaking cool! Google made life even easier. I would love to have a smart home

  • Esperanza

    It’s absolutely crazy what we can do with technology these days! I’d love to have some of these items to make my life easier 🙂

  • Kimmy

    I would love to try this one soon ♥

  • Laalaa

    Sooo helpful and cool. I have a Chromecast it’s an essential need with watching things. The Phillips hue and Google home look like good combinations x

  • Elizabeth Brico

    The colors are definitely cool. I grew up on sci-fi …too much Ray Bradbury in my brain to fully trust a smart home….

  • Yadira

    Wow! I need me all these great tech tools for my crib. It’s a wonderful thing to have them.

  • Jessica

    These products are so good.I love the Nest Learning Thermostat.

  • ColLeen

    I have google chrome cast and I love it. It’s so easy to use and makes connecting all of our devices so easy

  • Stephanie Merry

    I love these gadgets, it’s amazing to see how much has changed over the years and what our home will be like in even just 10/15 years time x

  • Jean

    These are some really cool products! My parents actually have the ring and I think it’s such a good idea. I’m glad we are able to make use of great technology in our homes 🙂

  • elizabeth

    A connected home is definitely the future. I’m curious about Google home, looks so cool.

  • Lauretta at home and horizon

    This is just a proof of how times has changed. I would want to try those.

  • Samantha bye

    My Chromecast was the best thing I ever bought! It’s had more use than anything else I own, so handy!

  • Heather

    We have an Amazon Alexa in our home but not a Google home. I’d love to explore the differences. A connected home definitely spoils us and makes such a difference!

  • Jessica (Swanky Recipes)

    I totally love the idea using Google Home to automate tasks. I bet this is a lifesaver with time. I could really use a few extra minutes in the day to get other stuff done. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  • Krysten

    I totally want a google home, I feel like it would make my life so much easier, especially with something like this!

  • Donna

    WOW, I love this! It is just so very cool, my husband is into all the latest gadgets and tech – passing this onto him too x

  • ohmummymia

    Looks really interesting. I’ve never thing about it before but sounds so good that I need to speak with my husband about it

  • HilLesha

    These are wonderful product recommendations, especially the Hue Lighting. I’ve been thinking about buying this for awhile! 🙂

  • nicol

    my friend has the phillips hue and its so cool. i need to get some myself

  • clarissa

    WOW, I do love the techy bits! Definitely want to try something like this. Sounds amazing. Could it also do the laundry load, hand iron it and make dinner? Maybe in the pipeline? LOL

  • Lilinha

    I love how much technology has evolved lately, making our lives much easier. I will be checking all of those out on Best Buy! 🙂

  • Emily Leary

    It’s crazy how smart our homes are getting now, it all seemed so far away from reality when I was a kid!

  • Sherry

    We love our Nest. Much easier to check in on the household and maje changed in preperation for going home.

  • francesca

    Things like this are great but I’m not sure I”d use them simply because I’d feel lazy not getting up to do it myself does that make sense? Its great technology though!

  • Sarah Ann

    I love the sound of the Philips Hue – having the ability to change the colour of a bulb so easily would be perfect – especially during those times I want to relax.

  • Yaya

    This is absolutely brilliant! I have always been a bit wary of how technology can control so much of our life, but there are certain convenience factors that can be quite worth it.

  • Melanie

    Philips Hue Lighting looks fab…would make my home and work life sooo much easier 🙂 x

  • AJ Wathern

    I love my smart home, and it’s not even finished yet! We have Alexa from Amazon, and are trying to decide between HIVE and Philips Hue-but I must admit the changing colours thing has me leaning towards philips! I think smart homes make everything so much easier especially when I’m unable to get up due to chronic pain. xx

  • Baby Isabella

    We like the idea of turning the lights on in winter and possibly the idea of the thermostat but don’t want to completely tech our house up just yet.

  • Leslie Hernandez

    This is supper cool!!! I definitely would like to try some of these devises. I just think its so cool that you can control everything in one device,

  • Rebecca

    A smart home would make life so much easier – its amazing how many smart devices you can get nowadays

  • Tara Holland

    I love my Google Chromecast so much, that we bought another one. The Nest Thermostat sounds like my next adventure.

  • Tanya Brannan

    Isn’t it amazing just how far technology has come, and is still coming!! I have an Amazon Alexa which is very similar to the Google Home and it is simply amazing. It has so many capabilities and even more in the pipeline,
    I love the idea of the colour changing bulbs too, very fancy yet so simple x

  • Carolynne

    I’d like all of these please! I’ve contemplated the Philips Hue but would like the A;exa from Amazon also… x

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye

    Technology has really improved. This was in movies when I was a kid. Now it’s happening in real life.

  • Deborah Nicholas

    I am moving home soon so will def look these up, they all look so good!

  • jack Black

    wow you are certainly a beautiful geek, take care