The internet of things (IoT) can revolutionise your home by turning everyday items – from toasters to lightbulbs – into 'smart' devices we can control straight from our smartphones.
This Black Friday, there are a number of these items on offer from retailers, including Maplin, Curry's and Amazon. Many of the big-brand devices – including Amazon's popular Echo and Echo Dot range - are now 20% off so a good bargain can easily be scooped up.
IBTimes UK has scoured the web to look for a selection of the best 'smart-home' deals available this year. The list, which will be updated as new products are discounted, includes smartphone-controlled webcams, thermostats and lighting.
With Gartner estimating that there will there be an astonishing 11.4 billion connected "things" in use by 2018, now could be the perfect time to jump in. However, as we learned this year following the Mirai botnet, it's vital to stay protected when connecting these devices to your home networks, so change those default passwords!
Now: £119.99 Was: £149.99 Save: £30.00
Description: Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather and more. Prime members can also ask Alexa to order eligible products they've ordered before and many Prime products. All you have to do is ask.
Now: £39.99 Was: £49.99 Save: £10.00
Description: Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker—it can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable to deliver stereo sound to the speakers you choose. Echo Dot connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather and more.
Now: £93.49 Was: £129.99 You save: £36.50
Description: A quick and easy-to-setup HD security camera, Y-cam Evo lets you see and hear what is happening at your home or business from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet. It is ideal for watching entrances, pets and minding your loved ones anytime of the day or night. Y-cam Evo instantly alerts you when motion is detected.
RING Video Doorbell − Satin Nickel
Now: £129.00 Was: £159.00 You save: £30.00
Description: The Ring Video Doorbell allows you to set up motion-detection zones that alert you when movement is detected. By sending an alert to your iOS or Android mobile device using the Ring app, you can keep track of what is happening around your property at all times. It has a camera that covers a full 180 degree field of view and a range of up to 30 feet.
Now: £64.99 Was: 84.99 You save £20.00
Description: The Motorola Focus 85 records constantly and saves 15 seconds of footage whenever movement is detected. It then sends a notification to your phone, so you can either take control of the camera and view a live stream, or review the captured footage. Along with motion, you can receive alerts when sound is detected and even when the temperature changes.
Now: £169.00 Was: £199 You Save: £30.00
Description: The new Nest Thermostat learns what you like and creates a schedule for your home, helping you save energy. With a larger display and a sharper resolution, it's simply beautiful. Controllable from your smartphone, the Nest Thermostat notices when you've left home and automatically turns down the heat.
Now: £114.99 Was: £159.00 You save: £44.01
Description: You can't always be around to see what's happening. With Nest Cam, you don't have to be. It has a mic and speaker with a 'Talk and listen' function, so you can hear what's going on and talk back using the Nest app. The video quality is 1080p HD, with a wide viewing angle.
Now: £99.99 Was: £129.99 You save: 30.00
Description: The Panasonic Home Safety Starter Kit can help keep your home secure and notify you of any movement or opening doors. The kit includes a magnetic door sensor, a motion sensor and a hub for everything to connect to. By connecting the hub to your home router, you can receive push notifications to your smart device to keep your mind at ease when out of the house.
Now: £194.99 Was: £229.99 You save: £35.00
Description: The Piper HD Night Vision Security Camera Piper combines an HD camera, panoramic video, Z-Wave home automation, two-way audio and environmental sensors into a single, elegant product that you interact with on your Android/iOS device. Piper also goes beyond traditional security measures by offering free cloud storage.
Now: £144.99 Was: £199.99 You Save: £55.00
Description: This kit will allow you to expand existing Yale systems and tailor it to your home by adding up to 30 devices. All components are self-contained and no wired connections are required between units, meaning you won't damage any of your décor, have to lift carpet or run cables when installing.