Learn More About Hive, Roost, Echo & Nest

No, this isn’t a list of collective nouns for birds…

But you might be forgiven for thinking it is, instead this is a list of our top home technology buys you need, to turn your home in to a smart home this year.

While still in its infancy, the smart home is continuing to become more and more popular with new homeowners and it’s really no wonder.

Thanks to smart home technologies we can now control everything from our heating to our crock pots all with the touch of a button on our phones. 
This is great for busing professionals or young families who have other commitments taking time away from running the home effectively.

We’ve all had mornings when we finally arrive at work and remember we’ve left the lights on, failed to turn the over timer on or forgotten to shut the dog in the kitchen and it is mornings exactly like this, where having a smart home can really make a difference.

So without further ado, here’s a little bit more about Hive, Roost, Echo and Nest…and why think they are well worth investing in.
 

Hive


Hive was originally the brain child of British Gas and today the company designs a whole range of wireless products that allow you to control your home from your mobile, tablet or laptop, anytime, anywhere. Perhaps the best known Hive solutions is the Hive Active Heating system but now there are also Hive Active Plugs and Hive Sensors available too.

What Hive do best is make advanced technology simple and easy to use which is why we think their product range is well worth investing in. The Hive heating control system has to be our favourite though.  

It includes a scheduling interface helping you plan your hot water and heating consumption around an active lifestyle, allowing you to save money by only switching it on when you need it.  The latest geolocation feature even alerts you if you’ve left the heating switched on after leaving the house, so no more wasted energy!

The Hive Active Heating Kit costs £249 pounds so it is an initial upfront investment however, you can recoup most of that initial outlay in just a couple of years thanks to the amount of money Hive can potentially save you on your annual energy bills.

https://www.hivehome.com/
 

Roost


Roost proves that not all smart home technology needs to cost a fortune. For around just $35 dollars from Amazon.com, the Roost Smart Battery can turn any CO2 or smoke detector into a smart device.

Once activated Roost can alert you via your mobile device if your alarm goes off allowing you to take appropriate action. You can call the emergency services in serious situations or if it’s just the crumbs at the bottom of the toaster causing trouble again, then you can simply silence the alarm.

http://www.getroost.com/
 

Echo


Echo from Amazon is a smart speaker with Bluetooth, WiFi connectivity and Alexa, its digital voice assistant (move over Siri and Cortana). Not only does it do exactly what a speaker should do, sound amazing, it also connects with a number of other smart home hubs, allowing you to voice activate their controls. To top it off, Echo can also read your audiobooks aloud, check the weather and even make purchases all through the power of voice control. Not bad for $179.99 from Amazon US.
 

Nest


Like Hive, Nest offer a range of smart home devices, but our favourite has to be the “super-clear 1080p HD” video streaming Nest Cam. For just £159 pounds you can install the Nest Cam in your home and watch out for your family and your pets even when you’re not there. Keep an eye on everything from what’s happening at home while you’re out at work to monitoring the baby asleep in the next room.

It features two way audio, night vision, a powerful zoom and of course, it integrates fully with other smart home products (something Nest does exceptionally well).

https://nest.com/uk/camera/meet-nest-cam/
 

Publish date: 08/09/2017