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Make Any Home High-Tech With Smart Assistants


From kitchens to bathrooms to main living areas, there is one trend that is continuing to push boundaries and show-up in modern homes across the country—high-tech, smart assistants! While many of the smart gadgets used today were a thing of science-fiction novels only a few decades ago, high-tech home assistants are now taking the home remodeling industry by storm.

Most of us are familiar with virtual, smart assistants in the form of cell phones and tablets (think Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant), but now it is easier than ever to take this technology a step further by integrating it into the daily functioning of your household. There are several models of smart assistants on the market today, and all of them have their own pros, cons, and unique style and capabilities.

Amazon Echo Plus — $149.99

Designed to be a sleek, streamlined gadget that is built on simple usability, Amazon Echo connects your home to the power of Alexa. The tall, cylindrical appearance of the Amazon Echo makes it an easy addition to your favorite room of the house without taking up excessive space, and it has the ability to provide several benefits and services to upgrade the high-tech capabilities of your household:

  • Music: Tell Alexa exactly what kind of music you are in the mood for, and the Amazon Echo will oblige! You can also use it to skip songs and control the volume.
  • Weather and News: Wondering what the weather is like outside? Forgot what the date is? Just ask the Amazon Echo to stay up to speed on what’s going on in the world today.
  • Shopping: The ease of Amazon shopping is integrated with this smart device, and you can effortlessly place an order without sitting down at your computer.

Amazon Echo Dot — $39.99

Consider the Amazon Echo Dot to be the little sibling of the Amazon Echo, and this device features the same general capabilities at a lower price tag. One of the biggest differences between the two devices is the appearances of the gadgets themselves. The Echo Dot is only about the size of hockey puck, making it easy to keep out of sight while still taking advantage of its high-tech capabilities.

On the downside, the lack of the tall, cylindrical speakers that you would find in the Amazon Echo does limit the quality of the sound that comes from the Echo Dot. However, you can always upgrade the music quality by hooking up an external speaker to the Echo Dot’s audio output jack!

Google Home — $129

The Google Home device falls into a price point between the two Amazon Echo products, but it isn’t lacking in its power and ability! As the first jump into the home smart assistant market by Google, the Google Home product hits all the essential features by working within the Google infrastructure. A few of the benefits that you can expect from upgrading your household with the Google Home device include:

  • Ease of Use: By following the same commands of Google Assistant on your smartphone, Google Home is easy to integrate into your daily life.
  • Voice Detection: A recent upgrade to the product allows for voice recognition, meaning that it can custom-tailor its reminders to individuals in the house based on the sound of the voice.
  • Appealing Aesthetic: As the home smart device with the most options for customization, you can easily change the base color or upgrade to customized skins for the top of the device.

Lenovo Smart Assistant — $129.99

Comparable in price to Google Home and boasting an appearance that’s highly similar to the Amazon Echo, the Lenovo Smart Assistant brings you the best of both worlds! Just released in 2017, this product is on the cutting-edge of smart home trends and uses the Alexa interface for ease of use. A few of the biggest selling points of the Lenovo device over other smart home assistants include it’s customizable appearance and variety of color choices, as well as its state-of-the-art speakers that feature noise cancellation.

Whether you want your new smart home assistant to be the center-point of your décor or you are looking for a low-key way to make everyday life a bit easier, the market is beginning to explode with exciting options to fit a variety of needs and budgets. It’s safe to say that the high-tech home assistant trend will only continue to grow in the years to come, making these new devices a must-have item for any homeowner on the cutting-edge of technology.

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