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5 Smart Devices for a Connected 4th of July Celebration

The 4th of July is more than just a day off from work. It’s an opportunity to gather with friends and family to celebrate the ideals, innovations, and people who have made America one of the greatest nations on earth. It’s a time to reflect on what it means to be a citizen of the United States – and embrace the freedoms that are so dear to our country.
This 4th of July holiday, the team at WigWag is combining celebration with innovation by sharing five smart devices that can make your 4th, and your Summer, more memorable. As you prepare your home and backyard for an epic BBQ, take a look at these five devices that can make your holiday a little bit “smarter”.

Light Up Your Yard with Smart Landscape Lighting

Millions of houses across America have garden and path lighting – but only a handful of those homes have outdoor lighting that can be controlled from your phone. Impress your guests and your neighbors with lighting that can change color, flash to music, and be fully controlled by an app.

Currently, our favorite garden lights are OSRAM’s LED Landscape Lighting. These lights can easily be placed along the sidewalk or edge of the yard to enhance your current outdoor atmosphere.

While the included app allows you to adjust the colors to your desired hue, OSRAM’s lights easily integrate with systems like WigWag’s Relay to become part of a smart home system.

Rather than put up additional lights and decorations for each holiday, using smart lights like these allow you to celebrate the 4th, Halloween, Christmas, and any other holiday using your “everyday” landscaping lights.

Let a Robot Clean the Grill So You Can Enjoy the Party

One of the worst parts of any barbeque celebration is having to clean the grill after (or between) uses. While everyone else enjoys throwing around a football or turning on the game, one unlucky person (usually dad) gets stuck with grill duty.

If you’re tired of missing out on the fun because of the grill – or if you simply love having the latest conversation-starting gadgets – then take a look at Grillbot. This little robot can be set on any grill and let loose. Using smart technology and reporting back to your phone – you’ll know exactly when the grill is clean and ready for the next round of steaks.

We’ve discovered that the Grillbot doesn’t just let you enjoy the party, but it often makes the grill “where the party’s at”. Kids and adults alike are entertained by a fully automated smart grill cleaning robot.

Enjoy Smart Music with a Speaker that Listens

No outdoor celebration would be complete without music. And if you’re going to use a speaker anyway, why not make it a smart one?

The Amazon Tap is more than just a wireless speaker. It’s a voice activated device that can play music from Amazon, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Just request the app and station, and Amazon Tap starts playing!

But why stop with music? If your party’s running low on food and you need to order a Domino’s Pizza, or if one guest has had a little too much to drink and needs an Uber lift home, just ask Amazon Tap and you’re good to go. Considering Amazon continues to add new features and capabilities to this device, it’s definitely a speaker worth adding to your home automation system.

Keep the Celebration Going with Smart Indoor Lighting

Whether your party is indoors or outdoors, adding a few smart lights to your home can keep guests entertained and the red, white, and blue going strong all day long.

As with the yard lights, using smart home lights like WigWag’s Home Automation Starter Kit allows you to liven up any holiday or event with millions of different colors – all without changing a light bulb.

Celebrate the 4th with a fantastic light display, and then continue using these energy-efficient smart lights to save on energy costs and control your home from your phone. These lights will create perfect reds, whites, and blues for any room in your house. Because WigWag’s home automation system is more than just lighting, buying this package allows you to integrate all of the smart devices here, and thousands of others, from a single app. ## Cook Your Meat to Perfection Using a Smart Thermometer Just as the GrillBot saves you the hassle of cleaning the grill after cooking, [iDevices iGrill2 Bluetooth Thermometer]( can save you time during the barbeque. One of the quickest ways for your holiday to go south is to burn the meat. The iGrill2 prevents this from happening by letting you keep track of the temperature – right from your smartphone. Setup the grill, throw on the meat, connect your thermometer. Now you can enjoy socializing with the rest of the group rather than perpetually checking the grill!

The four probe capability makes it easy to track more than one temperature at a time and you can use preset or custom temperature alarms (with a temperature range of - 22 degrees F to 572 degrees F).

Using a smart thermometer ensure that everyone ends up with a well cooked, but not over-cooked, meal – making it an excellent addition to anyone’s BBQ.

Celebrating Independence Day in the 21st Century

While technology has improved tremendously over the last 250 years, the ideals that America were founded on remain as valuable today as they were in 1776.

So enjoy your Independence Day celebration – maybe even with a few of the gadgets that we’ve mentioned here. But, more importantly, ponder the role you can play in protecting, promoting, and exemplifying what it means to be a true American.

Happy 4th!

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