Cool Things I Found at the Best Buy Tech Home

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Last week I took the girls to North Point Mall to check out the Best Buy Tech Home. With our recent front door makeover, I got our first “smart” product. It’s been on my list to check out options for a Smart Hub and some sensors to make my home more automated. The Best Buy Tech Home was the perfect place to see all of it in action. A few other bloggers even told me that I would be in heaven. It’s like they know how much of a tech geek I am. Best Buy has brought to life the latest in home technology at their Tech Home so that customers can touch and try the latest technology products in a homelike environment.

The Best Buy Tech Home is traveling the country visiting major cities to show people all of the great ways to make life a little easier. They will be in Atlanta until October 14th, and if you go check it out, you have a chance to win some cool prizes. The first 250 visitors each day will get a scratch-and-win card, and after you go through the home there will be a brief survey at the end that enters you in to win a chance to a $10,000 gift card!  photo-sep-28-11-01-11-am

The Tech Home is filled with Blue Shirts and Geek Squad Agents around the home to show you all the products that are offered. They can also schedule a free in-home consultation, or a Geek Squad Agent can help you set your new tech up.  

One of the highlights of the Tech Home is the Samsung SmartThings collection. You start with the Samsung SmartThings Hub which allows you to connect to over 100+ smart home devices through one simple app. All smart homes need a hub, it’s like the brain of the network. It connects wirelessly with hundreds of compatible smart devices such as smart locks, lights, outlets, thermostats and more, allowing you to monitor, control and secure your home from anywhere, from your smartphone with the SmartThings app.

Samsung SmartThings Hub
Samsung SmartThings Hub

photo-sep-28-10-41-16-amAfter you have a hub you need all the bells and whistles! One of my favorite Samsung Sensors is the Samsung SmartThings Arrival Sensor. You can place the sensor on a child’s bag, a pet’s collar or place one in your car to be notified when your loved ones enter or leave the house. You can program different actions for the sensor like when your child gets close to the door it will unlock automatically and turn on the lights for them. Did you forget to turn the lights off or lock the door? Once your sensor leaves the house a program can run to turn everything off and lock the door for you! I love this idea because I’m a hot mess sometimes! There are also motion sensors you can use around the house also. 

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Arrival Sensor Shown on Backpack

I think Smart Outlets were one of the first ways we started making our homes more automated. Now you can program all sorts activities for your lights, electronics, and small appliances. The Samsung SmartThings Outlets are on my list to start my smart home. 

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The best thing by far in the Best Buy Tech Home was the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator! This thing is LOADED with crazy tech features that left my head spinning. Including 3 built-in cameras that take a picture of the inside of your fridge so that you can open the app at the store and see what you need. It can order groceries online from the touchscreen as well as show you the expiration date for the foods in the fridge. On the outside is a big screen almost like a tablet. It includes lots of cool feature like a calendar, notes, you can mirror your Samsung TV, listen to music, and lots more. 

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Come and visit Tech Home at the North Point Mall to learn how you could win a $10,000 Best Buy Gift Card, a Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Collection, Samsung Dream Kitchen, and a Samsung 55” SUHD 4K TV and more. Be one of the first 250 to visit the Tech Home at the North Point Mall each day from 9/27-10/14 and you could win one of many prizes made with Qualcomm technologies including Sonos Play:1 speakers, Samsung Gear S2, and more.

No purchase necessary. See www.BestBuy.com/TechHome for full rules.

 

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  1. I think the hub is a brilliant starting place. One of the biggest issues and concerns with smart home products is compatibility and this resolves that from the get go. Thanks for sharing!

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