NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As technology continues to take an even larger role in people's everyday lives, companies are working to capitalize on the growing trend by creating gadgets that make homes "smarter."
In New York City, tech journalists were offered a look at gadgets that will take traditional home items to the next level at Pepcom's Digital Experience! event.
United States' consumer spending on furnishings and durable household equipment has steadily increased since 2013, with spending more than $293 billion for the first quarter of 2015 compared to more than $278 billion and $281 billion in 2013 and 2014 respectively, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. And spending on smart thermostats alone is expected to increase 51% generating $282 million in 2015, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
Ecobee, based in Toronto, Canada, showed off its new ecobee3, a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat designed to monitor and control temperatures throughout the home through multiple sensors. The ecobee3 can support up to 32 individual sensors, allowing it to control temperatures throughout an entire home instead of just an individual room, according to a company spokesperson.
The company's ecobee3 will launch on July 7 and will support Apple (AAPL) HomeKit, which will allow users to control their home's temperature using Siri on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, along with the ecobee app. The ecobee3 will be available on Amazon (AMZN), Best Buy (BBY), Home Depot (HD) and Apple Stores across the country. An ecobee3 with one sensor retails for $249, with an additional pack of two sensors retailing for $79.
But the ecobee3 was the only company at the event that said it was HomeKit compatible, so here's a look at four products that aren't teamed up with Apple that are making homes smarter:
This is not your average doorbell.
The Ring Video Doorbell, made by Ring, includes a 180-degree HD camera that begins recording once someone rings the bell. It also includes a two-way audio system, so users can speak to the people at their door through their app without actually being home. Motion sensors built into the device can also trigger the system to record.
While the Ring Video Doorbell, which is designed to prevent break-ins, requires either an iOS or Android smartphone, users do not have to have to have their phones on them to know someone is at their door if they buy the Ring Chime. The Ring Chime plugs into any outlet and notifies users if someone is at their door, so their phone is no longer required to be nearby. The Ring Chime was released in May and will being shipping at the end of July.
The Ring Video Doorbell retails for $199, plus a monthly fee of $3 a month or $30 a year, and comes with six months of video cloud storage. The Ring Chime retails for $29.99.
Both products are available on the company's website, or at Best Buy and Lowes (LOW).