We've selected six smart products—from Wi-Fi-enabled AC units to phone-controlled garage doors—that are sure to make life in the garage more enjoyable.
The Internet of Things has likely landed in your home in some form or another, but what about the garage? To inspire you to bring your man cave into the future, we've selected six smart products—from Wi-Fi-enabled AC units to phone-controlled garage doors—that are sure to make life in the garage more enjoyable.
Designed specifically to be compatible with your existing garage door, the MyQ from Chamberlain synchs with a free mobile app to deliver alerts and let you monitor and control your garage door from anywhere in the world. Never again will you be waiting to board a plane wondering if you left the garage door open or not.
Ideal for detached garages and workshops, the battery-powered security system from Gocontrol includes a series of window/door sensors and a single, room-covering motion sensor capable of identifying movement from up to 50 feet away. By working with the smart home the system is capable of keeping tabs on your garage while you're away and notifies you should anything out of the ordinary occur.
Nest introduced much of the world to the concept of a smart home with the release of their learning theromstat in 2011. The Protect Smoke and CO Alarm came a few short years later, offering an attractive way to keep you and yours safe without ever having to hear the beep of a dying battery ever again. This is an obvious choice for the home, but the garage should get one too. The device works with a smart phone app and Wi-Fi connectivity allows for multiple alarms to communicate, meaning an emergency in the home or garage will be announced elsewhere.
The garage side door might just be the most vulnerable door in your home—it's certainly the one we forget to lock the most. Apply the Wi-Fi enabled August smart lock and never wonder whether or not your garage is secure again. The device allows you to lock and unlock remotely, set certain hours of availability for guests and repairmen, and even logs when the door was last accessed. And if the power goes out or Wi-Fi drops, 4 AA batteries will keep August in operation.
The average garage isn't likely connected to the home's central HVAC system, often leaving it insanely hot during the summer. The new Smart AC Control device from tado° aims to combat this by connecting to any make of remote-controlled AC unit you may already have in your garage. Using a mobile app and your phone's location, the device tells your AC to pre-cool the garage before you get there and automatically shut down when you're away, cutting down on electricity consumption by up to 40%.
Whether you're doing some spring cleaning, changing the oil in your truck or building a bird house for the kids, some tunes will certainly make the task more enjoyable. The Style bluetooth speaker from Fugoo is dust proof, waterproof (really, it is), and sounds great. Plus it boasts 40 hours of battery life and is hardly bigger than a tall can, so it can follow you from the garage to the yard or wherever your to-do list takes you.