Leave your phone in your pocket -- for $40, the Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit gives you a smart bulb and a handy switch that doubles as a remote.
These aren't the cheapest smart bulbs you can buy, but Osram's Lightify LED Starter Kit is more affordable than Philips or Belkin's, and arguably more feature-rich, too. As a legitimate competitor, it deserves consideration.
With new low-cost color-changing LEDs, this already ambitious setup looks even better in 2014.
The Monster Central Power Control Kit sits behind the competition on features, making its $140 price point completely outlandish.
This camera kit is a reasonable option for outdoor home security, but its app needs an update and I wish the cameras had high-definition settings.
As the first retail-ready HomeKit product, Lutron's kit is just the beginning of Siri-integrated smart home control, but it works so well that I can easily recommend it today for any iOS users interested in plug-in lighting and dimmer products.
The Extollo delivers everything you'd want in a power-line adapter, and its pass-through feature makes the somewhat awkward beefy body easily forgivable.
There's nothing groundbreaking about this simple system, but for basic small home security, it gets the job done.
The $80 Belkin WeMo Maker Kit acts as a home automation hub of sorts.
With automatic dimming, built-in motion detection, and a tunable color temperature, this connected bulb looks like a smart partner for the learning thermostat.