See how your voice, your smartphone and cameras can control your home

Always missing parcel deliveries? Forgot to switch the iron off? We reveal how the Internet Of Things is reshaping our homes for the better.

You use self-checkouts at the supermarket. You use a smartphone app to pay your bills. And you use a computer to order parcels online. But this really only scratches the surface of how technology can help in our daily lives.

Now our homes can be controlled remotely thanks to the wonders of the Internet Of Things and connected tech, which enable devices to communicate with each other. It’s all very much real, available today, and helping us to live smarter – saving time, increasing safety and becoming more efficient. It also helps the disabled and elderly significantly. Watch our live smarter video below to see how you could benefit from a connected home:

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Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is a voice-controlled assistant which can communicate with other devices around your home.  Made by the online shopping giant, you can also order products, ask for music from Amazon Music (if you have a subscription) and do other useful things like set alarms, reminders or add items to your shopping list.

Buy the Amazon Echo from Amazon

Hive Active Plug

The Hive Smart Plug is just one of a number of products among the Hive range, which you can control remotely from your smartphone.

The plug is ideal if you’ve accidentally left something on at home like an iron. Simply open the Hive app and switch the plug off. Panic over! What’s more, it also works with Amazon Echo, which means you can control it with your voice around the home too.

Buy the Hive Active Plug from BT Shop.

RING Pro Video Doorbell

The RING video doorbell is a great addition to your home if you’re out most of the day. It’s also a great aid for those with a disability which may make getting to the front door a struggle.

Every time you get a knock at the door, you’ll get a video call to your phone which allows you to communicate back with the person at the door. So, you could tell the postman exactly where you would like your parcel left, or let visitors know when you’ll be home.

Buy the RING Video Doorbell from BT Shop.


Nest is one of the leading smart heating systems, which allows you to control your home’s temperature remotely.

You can easily schedule the heating to switch on at a certain time. Even better is that you can switch it off if you forget, and vice versa.

Buy Nest from BT Shop.

Philips Hue

Control your lighting from the comfort of your sofa using Philips Hue. The coloured bulbs and dimming function allow you to set the right mood, anytime.

Want to set your lighting to a schedule? The app lets you do just that. If you’ve forgotten to switch a light off you can also change it when you’re out and about – no more wasted electricity! Philips Hue hooks up to Amazon Echo too, so you can control your lighting with your voice as well.

Buy Philips Hue from BT Shop.

[Read more: How the connected home will change the way we live]