The Internet of Things at home: 14 smart products compared
What can Internet of Things products bring to your home? Here are the features offered by 14 of the major vendors.
The Internet of Things may be coming to the office -- but it's already in the home. These 14 products let you monitor and control everything from the thermostat on your wall to the crockpot on the kitchen counter -- right from your smartphone.
Not all systems work together, however, so we've assembled the following tables -- which also lay out some of the main features offered by these products -- to help you make sure the devices you're considering are compatible with those you already own.
Note: These feature tables accompany our story The Internet of Things at home: Why we should pay attention and our slideshow The Internet of Things at home: 14 smart products that could change your life, which offers descriptions and photos of the devices and services listed here.
14 IoT products: Features and functionality
|Functionality||Brands supported||Protocols supported||Mobile apps supported||Web-based control console||Voice control||Alerts||Touch screen in base unit||Starting price||Monthly fee||Now shipping?|
|Belkin WeMo||Smart home automation||WeMo, Mr. Coffee, Crock-Pot, Holmes, Sunbeam||Wi-Fi, Zigbee||Android, iOS||No||No||In-app push notifications||No||$40-$130||No||Yes|
|Canary||Smart home security||Canary||Wi-Fi||Android, iOS||Yes||No||Email, SMS||No||$199 (pre-order)||N/A||Summer 2014|
|Connected by TCP||Home lighting automation||TCP||6LoPAN||Android, iOS||3G/4G||No||No||No||$85||No||Yes|
|Energy Aware Technology Neurio||Wi-Fi sensors to monitor electricity use||None specified||IP, Wi-Fi or Zigbee||Android, iOS||Yes||No||Email, SMS||No||$249 ($224 pre-order)||No||December 2014|
|Grid Connect ConnectSense||Smart home security||ConnectSense||Wi-Fi||None||Yes||No||Voice, email, SMS, tweet||No||$149-$179||No||Yes|
|Honeywell Total Connect Remote Services||Smart home security and automation||Kwikset, Yale, Leviton, Somfy, Honeywell||Z-Wave, Honeywell 5800||Android, iOS||Yes||No||Email, SMS||Yes||Desktop panel $300; wall-mount panel $550; camera $100||$40-$70||Yes|
|iControl Networks Piper||Smart home security and automation hub||Z-Wave-compatible device||Z-Wave, Wi-Fi||Android, iOS||No||No||Voice, email, SMS||No||$239||No||Yes|
|Interactive Voice ivee Sleek||Voice-activated device monitoring and control||Nest, Staples Connect||IP, Wi-Fi||None||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||$199||No||Yes|
|Lowe's Iris||Smart home monitoring and control||Blue Line, First Alert, GE, Kiwkset, Schlage, Sylvania, Utilitech, Verizon., Whirlpool||Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave||Android, iOS||Yes||Yes||Voice, email, SMS||Yes||$179||Free basic; $10/mo. premium||Yes|
|Revolv||Smart home monitoring and control||Belkin WeMo, GE, Honeywell, Insteon, Leviton, Nest, Philips, Quikset, Schlage, Somfy, Sonos, Trane, Yale, others||Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave||iOS||No||No||No||Yes||$299||No||Yes|
|Securifi Almond+||Wireless router/smart home monitoring and control||2Gig Technologies, Nietzsche Enterprise, Osram/Sylvania, Securifi, SmartThings, Yale, others||IP, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave||Android, iOS||Yes||No||In-app push notifications||Yes||Not available||No||2Q 2014|
|Sen.se Mother||Hub/sensors for monitoring and control||Sen.se||Proprietary||Android, iOS||Yes||No||Voice, email, SMS, in-app push notifications, sounds / lights on hub||No||$299||No||Summer 2014|
|SmartThings||Smart home automation||Belkin WeMo, Honeywell, Philips Hue, Schlage, Sonos, Trane||Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave||Android, iOS||No||No||In-app push notifications||No||Hub $99; sensor kit $199||No||Yes|
|Staples Connected Home||Smart home automation||Aeotec, Honeywell, IVEE, GE, Aspire, Vizia, Amertac, Lutron, Philips, Yale, Eco-link, Doorbot, First Alert||Clear Connect, IP, Zigbee, Z-Wave||Android, iOS||Yes||No||In-app push notifications||No||Hub $100; starter kit $140||No||Yes|