The smart home market is still up for grabs. Unlike PCs or phones, which, for the most part, are dominated by a few well-known names, smart home gadgets can come from wherever and whatever brand. As long as they perform functions you can’t get from the big names, people will continue to flock to them. You can stick with mainstream options like Philips Hue lights or a Nest thermostat, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But the fun thing about building a smart home is that after choosing an ecosystem (like Alexa, Google, or Apple’s HomeKit), you can mix and match a ton of products. At CES 2019, the variety only expands. Let’s get into some of our favorites and why they stand out above the competition. More helpful smart doorbells The French company Netatmo debuted a smart video doorbell with two very useful features to set it apart. It’s the first video doorbell that’s compatible with Apple HomeKit, and it uses a microSD card for video storage so that saving and recording video doesn’t require you to pay for a subscription plan. TP-Link made a Kasa doorbell that has a 2K HDR camera, which is a step above most doorbell cameras that usually top out at 1080p. It uses facial recognition to differentiate family from strangers. Unfortunately, it’s a wired doorbell, so setting it up might be more of a hassle. It’s set to ship sometime this year, and pricing is still unknown. This doorbell actually goes over your… [Read full story]
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