Back in the 1960s, many "house of the future" attractions in parks and fairs promised people that they would be able to order pizza by just talking to their house. It seemed so foreign, most people just never believed they'd see the day it'd happen.
Over the years, having the "Home of Tomorrow" was a concept that was featured in cartoons, movies, and books. The Venture Brothers regularly poke fun at the retro-futuristic vibe of the concept. The Jetsons was almost entirely based on the concept. Even longstanding cartoon, The Simpsons, made a joke about homes of the future.
And now, in 2017, we can legitimately have smart homes that respond to commands and automate everything for us. If you want to live in the world of tomorrow, investing in these AI devices for your smart home is the fastest way to do it.
The easiest way to enjoy all the comforts of home is to buy one of the most common AI devices for your smart home. Right now, the Amazon Echo has been getting huge amounts of praise for what it can do.
Installing an Amazon Echo into your room allows you to access your own personal digital servant, Alexa, whenever you want. With the right command, Alexa can order goods online, contact the police, control lights in your room, or even get your entertainment system to play music.
Unlike most other AI devices for your smart home, Amazon Echo continually gets more useful as years march on. New app linkups happen every day. So, if you're going to get in on the smart device-using goodness, you might as well do it via Echo.
The biggest competitor that Amazon Echo has is Google Home, and we can totally understand why. Much like the Echo, Google Home makes any apartment or house a smart home with it's voice-activated, highly interactive user interface.
A quick command allows you to turn on the lights, calibrate your thermostat, or even play a quick stream off your Spotify playlist. Google Home has quite a few accessories, and while it may not be as popular as Amazon Echo, it still has enough accessories to deck out your smart home in style.
Music-wise, it's worth noting that Google Home has a pretty seriously awesome bass system equipped with its basic package. So, in terms of AI devices for your smart home, this is definitely dubstep fan approved.
Don't be fooled by the super cute name. Ivee is quickly becoming one of the hottest AI devices for your smart home. Its sleek design, high compatibility rates, and excellent wireless Bluetooth speaker quality is what makes it so popular.
Users who want to power their smart homes with Ivee get the perk of having it compatible with every major smart tech item, including Nest Thermostats, Hue, Wink, and WeMo. Overall, Ivee is an excellent AI competitor to Alexa — especially when you look at the price.
A 15-foot "hearing radius" also really helps push this one to the top of our list.
If you don't like the full "tower" version of the Amazon Echo, or if you're just on a tighter budget, then you might want to invest some cash into the Amazon Echo Dot. This pint sized Echo version offers all the high-quality intelligence you'd expect from AI devices for your smart home — but at a smaller price, and a more compact size.
It's compatible with all the smart devices that work with Alexa, has a smaller frame, and also has a nice output jack that the original Echo doesn't have. However, the smaller speaker size is a bit tough to deal with, so that may be an issue to some.
The Invoxia Trilby Kitchen Speaker
One of the best perks of having a smart home device like Amazon Echo is the ability to play music with the push of a button. The Trilby system allows you to access Alexa, which in turn gives you a new access point for your smart home devices.
Invoxia's Alexa-approved portable speaker is one of the most convenient AI devices for your smart home, especially if you love to take your music out on your deck with you. Along with having a music speaker that streams your Spotify lists in a cinch, Trilby also announces and confirms actions you tell it to do.
But, playing music isn't all that this awesome speaker does. It's a fully AI-ready device. It also allows you to take calls and converse with people as long as the smartphone it's linked to is within 15 feet of you.
Every feature you can access can be attained through Trilby, which is available for download for both iPhone and Android operating systems. Overall, it's a great buy for busy people.
So far, we've covered a bunch of AI devices for your smart home that all hinge on specific, privatized software. Mycroft is not like that. Rather, it's open-source software that has been based on Raspberry Pi hardware and given a nice upgrade in looks.
Despite the very reasonable price tag and the very humble beginnings, the Mycroft AI device has been proven to be a great option for smart home owners on a budget. It's compatible with a bunch of appliances, and it also is one of the most customizable AI devices out there, too.
So, you can ask Mycroft to post to social media, adjust your home lighting, and even search up questions online. Not a bad AI bot, if you ask us.