There’s no reason why you can’t make your space as personalized simply because you don’t own it. With today’s technology and your own sense of singular style, it is easier than ever to create a dwelling that is suited to your individual preferences and utilizing the latest gadgets available on the marketplace. The following as just a few suggestions to get great home tech specialized for your needs and to give your apartment a truly optimized visual.
For the perfect plug-and-play solution requiring limited installation skills, look no further than the Amazon Echo, which is the speaker that you simply plug in, connect to your Wi-Fi, and then activate via Amazon’s AI assistant, Alexa. For renters that are just getting their feet wet in tech, this is a perfect introduction and makes it easy to get grounded in new technology with voice commands that can be used throughout the apartment, making it simple to fill your entire space with a wall of sound if desired.
Of course, Amazon is the only company in the smart speaker game, with Google Home the next option for those that are looking for an alternative. It comes with its own set of advantages, most importantly its home entertainment that can be activated simply by the sound of your voice.
Belkin WeMo Smart Switch
Belkin offers another plug-and-play option that is ideal for those looking to ‘smarten up’ their apartment. Simply plug it in, then plug something behind it and then you can automate its on/off function via the WeMo app, or using a 3rd party integrator like Alexa, Google Home, or IFTTT. At a cost of only $35, this is an investment any renter can get behind and immediately see the results.
The multicolor LED from Lifx are produced in Australia and are the smart lights that everyone seems to be talking about these days, and for good reason. These premium bulbs are color-changing and simple to use: simply screw in the bulbs, then connect via Wi-Fi using the Lifx app and your experience is all set to begin! Alternatively, the company also produces a multicolor strip as well that you stick under cabinets or behind fixtures for a cool visual effect. The brand also has the option of Infrared Light that equates to invisible light when you switch bulbs out. The light cannot be seen except via night vision. This is definitely the ultimate way to elevate your smart apartment.
Philips Dimming Kit
Searching for the next great lighting option? Then look no further than the Philips Hue which, like Lifx, utilizes bulbs that change colors, but these smart lights are cost effective and the kit is wireless to boot. Additionally, it comes with a remote and no hardwiring is necessary.
Philips Starter Kit
The Philips Starter Kit is an affordable option that also comes equipped with Hue Bridge, which can be used to add in Hue bulbs to the setup you already have or connect with Google Home, Alexa, or Siri.