Setting up a smart home doesn’t have to be hard and expensive. In fact, it only takes $250 to do it with the Archos Smart Home system and its connected objects via Bluetooth Smart. Controlling all of its miniaturized, wireless and discreet connected objects is a special 7″ Android tablet (that’s included). But the kit also comes with an app for either Android or iOS so you can control all your connected devices from your smartphone. Each of the connected objects act independently to provide you info on your home or can function as a team via scenarios. You can customize your notifications so that you’re alerted via emails and alerts to your smartphone when certain events occur. And the scenarios editor comes preloaded with simple scenarios that will link your objects together.
You’ll get two cameras, two movement tags and two weather tags that can you place around your home, with each blending seamlessly with your home’s design. Users will be able to monitor any movement around the house and door openings, check out who’s coming and going via streaming video and track their home’s temperature and humidity. Archos also plans to create more connected objects to be used with its system like an alarm siren, pet tracker, motion detector and remote-controlled socket plugs. Right now, the system can control up to 13 devices within a range of 20 meters. Setting up the system is easy and requires no screws or drills. The tablet remote control also doubles as a regular fully functional Android tablet that runs on Jelly Bean and has access to the Google Play store and can be used to search the web, listen to music and more.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.