In case you don’t know what the heck we’re talking about when we say, “Google Home integrations,” here’s a brief overview of what they are and how to get the most out of them.
Google Home enables control for things like your lighting, thermostat, and coffee machine using nothing but your voice.
On its own, your Google Home can do things like play your favorite songs, keep you updated on the news, and let you know what the weather’s going to be like – all the things we expect our smart assistants to do in 2019. If you have an Android phone, you can even have it create reminders and calendar events.
However, Google’s smart speaker is so much more than just a speaker. With the right devices in your household, you can control things like your lighting, thermostat, and coffee machine using nothing but your voice.
These devices are Google Home integrations, and in this article, we’re going to cover the top five integrations that are currently available.
The Top 5 Google Home Integrations Of 2019
1. Philips Hue Lights
Arguably the most popular Google Home accessory, Philips Hue lights are also one of the simplest. These are lightbulbs that can connect to your Google Home device, allowing you to control them through your smart speaker.
Now, the obvious use for these is being able to turn your lights on and off with your voice – sort of like those clap-activated lamps that never quite took off. However, Philips Hue lights have plenty of other practical uses you can employ throughout your home.
These smart lightbulbs allow you to control the intensity, warmth, color, and schedule of your lights. They can be programmed to change intensity with the motion of the sun, turn off when you leave the house, and wake you up by slowly coming on and easing your into the day – all through your smartphone and Google Home speaker.
2. August Smart Lock Pro
Have you ever been on your way to work and realized that you forgot to lock the door? Or have you ever forgotten your keys in the house after locking the door? Yeah – we have, too. It’s the worst!
Fortunately, there’s now a solution to the problem that will keep your home more secure in a much more convenient way. The August Smart Lock Pro locks your doors just like any other lock, except that you can control it with your Google Home.
Using nothing but your voice, you can lock your door from the bedroom, check if it’s locked while at work, let your guests in without leaving the kitchen, and streamline your home’s first line of defense, leaving you feeling pretty secure overall.
Next up on our list is one of the stranger Google Home integrations, but it’s also one of the most versatile. SwitchBot is a small device with one specific function: it pushes buttons. You can attach it to a coffee pot, light switch, alarm clock, etc. – anything in your house that has a button can be used with the SwitchBot.
This simple device allows you to turn your old appliances and devices into smart ones with a simple upgrade. That way, you can enjoy the comforts of a smart home without having to replace all of your belongings. Just make sure that whatever device you plan on using the SwitchBot with will work with the SwitchBot’s mechanism before purchasing.
4. Wemo Smart Light Switch
The Wemo Smart Light Switch is similar to the Philips Hue lights, but rather than controlling the light bulb, you control the switch.
These smart light switches have helpful features like scheduling your lighting, controlling your lights remotely, and turn your ceiling fans on and off – all with your voice! It also has a neat safety feature called “randomized lighting,” which, as the name suggests, randomly turns lights on and off while you’re not home to make it look like you are home.
5. Currant Smart Wall Outlet
Last but not least is the Currant Smart Wall Outlet. Smart wall outlets are wall outlets that can connect to a smart device like Google Home. They plug into your existing wall outlets, so there’s no complicated installation.
These outlets work similarly to how you’d expect. You plug something into it, like a lamp, and turn the lamp on. Then, using your voice, you can turn the lamp on and off thanks to this smart wall outlet.
A feature that sets the Currant Smart Wall Outlet apart from the rest is that it tracks your energy usage. This allows you to quickly see where your electricity is going so that you can cut back on your usage.
One of the best parts about owning a Google Home is that the fun doesn’t end once you install it in your home. You can keep adding to it over time with new device integrations, turning your home into a smart home. These are only five of the latest and greatest integrations, so be sure to keep an eye out for any other products that could improve your Google Home’s usefulness!
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