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While both the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery and Spotlight Cam Solar streams high quality, crystal clear video footage, it takes things a step further by also including a 110 decibel siren, which you can sound if you have suspicious activity happening around your home.

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”As internet connected camera technology has gotten cheaper and easier to use, Ring became just one of a number of consumer surveillance companies to partner with police. Flock, which makes license plate readers targeted toward groups like homeowners associations, has similarly touted its relationship with law enforcement, for example. Many of the details of how these corporations assist police remain secret. Ring wouldn’t disclose exactly how many police departments it is working with. “We should definitely be concerned about this surveillance network that is being built, this public safety infrastructure that is being built, that isn’t going through a full proper process,” Maass says. The Ring Doorbell makes it easy to know who is at your door at any given time. And if you don't have your mobile device nearby to check for alerts, you can easily ask Alexa to let you know. All models of the Ring Video Doorbell are compatible with both the Amazon Echo Show and the Amazon Echo Spot—the two smart displays made by Amazon. The Ring Doorbell is also compatible with Amazon Echo Dot. If someone rings the doorbell, Alexa will make an announcement. However, since the Dot is a speaker with no video screen, you will not be able to view the Ring Doorbell camera on your Dot.

 

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Philips Hue solves this dilemma with its Smart Motion Sensor Lights. The sensors will automatically turn on the lights for a set amount of time after motion is detected, and you can even set it to use a gentle light that won’t blind you. There's no messing with wires a win for renters and those who don’t want to damage their walls, as the plug runs on batteries. Oh, and did we mention the set up takes just a minute?Easy peasy. Your midnight trip to the bathroom run just got a whole lot brighter. I don't know about you, but remembering to water the lawn is one area where I could stand to improve, especially when I’m out of town. Enter the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller. This system was rated the very best smart sprinkler controller after undergoing testing by our smart home team. The Rachio panel is easy to install and integrates with Nest, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, and Apple Homekit. You can call out to your smart speaker of choice and say "water the lawn," or use another custom command. The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller can also be used to set a manual watering schedule, or you can let the app determine the most appropriate agenda for your lawn based on a few details.