How To Automate Your Home For Only $550

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Photo: Boy Genius Report

Boy Genius Report’s Jonathan Geller demonstrated how to automate a home on the new BGR Show.Two gadgets from the show caught our eye, so we decided to highlight them here. 

BGR recommends starting with a gadget called Nest. It might look like an old-school Honeywell A/C unit, but it’s incredibly high-tech. 

Designed by the Godfather of the iPod, Nest is “basically an iPod in a thermostat,” says Geller.

The device lets you control the temperature from your computer, phone or iPad. You can set temperatures for when you’re at home or away, and it’ll show you long it’ll take for things to heat up or cool down.

The gadget is also intuitive, picking up on daily habits to adjust the temp accordingly. 

Cost: $250 (Nest Learning Thermostat)

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Photo: Boy Genius Report

Of course, no home is complete without music.

Enter Sonos. 

The device looks sleek and offers apps for Android, iPhone and iPad, so you can control what’s playing anywhere, anytime. Even cooler: You can switch up the songs from room to room, and store all your playlists in one spot. 

Cost: $299 (Sonos Play-3 Black

Grand total: $550 

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