Whether you use your garage to house your cars, for general storage or a combination of both, it will always be a place for precious cargo. The easiest way to keep the space organized, easily accessible and secure is with some sophisticated devices. From remote security and door opening to automated bike storage and charging stations, these are the latest intelligent garage devices on the market.
The ismartgate PRO renders manual and push-button garage door opening obsolete. This sophisticated system pairs with most smart home devices like Apple Homekit, Google Home, Amazon Echo, Siri or Alexa. So, all you have to do is ask it to open or close up to three garage doors from your smartphone, tablet, PC or Apple Watch using the accompanying app and it will comply. Set alerts for when the door is opened or closed, manage the temperature inside your garage or integrate a camera system that records up to seven days-worth of activity. It’s got you covered on every front.
The ismartgate PRO is available for $179.
Iotty Smart Switch
With the Iotty Smart Switch, you can make your garage lighting instantly more intelligent. Available in single-, double- or triple-switch configurations, the unit takes the place of your current switch. It’s covered with a plate of tempered glass that has a dimmable backlight that sets the wall behind you aglow so you can easily turn on the light when it gets dark inside. Connected via Wi-Fi and an app, the Iotty gives you the remote control to schedule your lighting at different times of day or even according to the weather. It can also monitor energy consumption and keep your lights on an away mode, which activates them at random intervals so that no one will know you aren’t home. It’ll send you alerts when the lights are turned on or shut off. Security made simple.
The Iotty Smart Switch is available for $78.
Google Nest Secure Alarm System
Protecting that precious cargo is first priority, and the Google Nest Secure Alarm System will keep your garage safe and secure.Using theNest app from anywhere, or by asking Google Assistant, you can arm or disarm the alarm and receive alerts if you forget to turn it on. Two Nest Detect Sensors monitor motion—stick it on a window and it will know when it’s opened or closed; stick it on a wall and it senses motion, or attach it to a door, and it monitors both—and keeps you in the know by sending real-time alerts. You can also turn motion detection on and off via the app. And should the alarm go off, you’ll get a security alert on your phone and then check the app to see what triggered it.
The Google Nest Secure Alarm System is available for $400.
JuiceBox Pro 40 Electric Car Smart Home Charging Station
If you drive an electric car, what could be more convenient than powering up right in the comfort of your own garage? JuiceBox iceBox Pro 40 ZElectric Car Smart Home Charging Station makes home charging accessible, dependable and cost-effective. Built on the universal J1772 charging standard, JuiceBox is a Level 2 charging station that can power any electric vehicle on the market today (including Teslas with an adapter). In fact, this high-powered system charges up to seven times faster than Level 1 stations that come with most standard EVs. It’s also app-enabled over Wi-Fi to give you remote monitoring and control. You can set up a daily charging routine, ask it via voice command to remind you to plug in and receive notifications when your car is fully charged.
The JuiceBox Pro 40 Electric Car Smart Home Charging Station is available for $549.
GarageSmart Multi-Bike Lifter
The thing about bikes is there’s never a convenient place to store them in your home—until now. Meet the GarageSmart Multi-Bike Lifter; it stashes your wheels up high by lifting them out of the way. The device syncs your smartphone to the lifter through Bluetooth so you can raise or lower your items from anywhere by using the accompanying app. You’ll be able to see the weight you’re currently lifting and even vary the speed at which you to raise or lower your bikes. The internal lock secures your rides, so they won’t slip and keeps them safe for when you’re ready to ride. The sturdy system can hoist up to 100 pounds and hold up to three bikes at a time.
The GarageSmart Multi-Bike Lifter is available for $349.
LiftMaster 821LMB myQ Smart Garage Hub
Mastering your domain is easy with the LiftMaster 821LMB myQ Smart Garage Hub, whichputs all your garage controls into one smart system. Enabled through Wi-Fi and the myQ app, the device lets you operate your garage doors and lights from anywhere. You can create schedules or preset times for the door to close or the lights to go on or off each day. You’ll receive real-time alerts and can even enable safe in-garage delivery for Amazon Prime packages.
The LiftMaster 821LMB myQ Smart Garage Hub is available for $50.