Smart homes are the single hottest home trend today, and the reason is no mystery. Smart homes are both delightful to use and incredibly useful. Each smart home is unique, built to provide for the specific needs of the residents. A well-developed smart home can perfectly accent the lives of the residents and make almost every aspect of life easier. But everyone has to start somewhere. Despite their popularity, many people haven’t had a chance to build their own smart home.
ParqEx was founded on a dedication to making life easier through technology and we are so excited about smart homes that we’ve opened an awesome Smart Home Giveaway! One lucky person can win our drawing for an entire smart home starter kit, everything you need to start your very own start home environment.
The Smart Home Giveaway
The founding principles of ParqEx are to make parking easier through wireless technology. Smart homes offer many benefits through technology, similar to how we solve parking problems with smart parking technology. We want to bring the joy of wireless life to someone new and have put together a fantastic smart home starter package. With this smart home starter kit, you can establish the interactive AI center of your smart home, get to know the essential features, and inspire yourself to invent a truly personalized smart home for your household. Sweepstakes submissions are open right now, so anyone who has been dreaming of a new smart home is invited to enter their name.
What’s Included in the Smart Home Kit?
- Amazon Echo Plus
- Amazon Echo Dot
- 2 Philips 60W Smart LED Bulbs – Soft White
- 2 Jinvoo Smart Power Outlets
- Smart Power Strip – 4 Outlets and 4 USB Ports
- VIP ParqEx Treatment and Service Credit
We thought long and hard about what to include in our smart home giveaway and carefully selected these items because together they are the perfect way to get started on your very own smart home. To run every one of these devices, you only need one smart home app: Alexa. All you have to do is activate a skill, then name your devices so that Alexa can respond to them by name.
From your AI hub to the smarten-anything outlets, you can control the lighting and upgrade ‘dumb’ electronic devices into your smart home experience. Let’s explore what’s inside and how you can make amazing use of these smart home assets in your household!
Amazon Alexa – Echo Plus
The Echo Plus the ‘brains’ of the operation. It is a smart home hub and a superb smart speaker combined into one. You can control your entire smart home by talking to Alexa through the elegant black tower of the Echo Plus.
“A one-box smart home solution”
Alexa, your helpful AI voice assistant, lives in the Echo Plus like I Dream of Genie lived in her lamp. All you have to do is say “Alexa” and she will start to listen, then help you in any way she can. While most people think of smart home hubs as something like their wireless router, Alexa is much more than a hub got devices. Her inherent capabilities are amazing, even without a single smart home device connected. With nothing but a connection to the internet and a little coordination through a mobile device, Alexa can answer trivia questions, sing you songs, help your child study, keep your calendar, and set timers.
Alexa is named after the legendary lost library in Alexandria
Alexa is friendly, upbeat, and interactively helpful. You can set up custom commands through her app or you can converse with her to find hilarious easter egg features. The Echo Plus itself has Dolby sound quality and amazing sound detection. It even ‘looks’ at you when you speak the command word.
Amazon Echo Dot
The Echo Dot is like a satellite extension to the Echo Plus. The Dot’s most important function is as an additional speaker and receiver for your smart home. As cool as the Echo Plus is, it’s listening and broadcasting abilities are not infinite. The Dot allows you to continue conversing with your smart home in rooms that the hub cannot reach.
Most people put their smart home hub in their living room, the center of family activity. A Dot in your bedroom or kitchen can allow you to extend the functionality and your access to smart home features even when you are ‘out of earshot’ of Alexa’s hub.
Interestingly, having an Echo Dot can also extend your smart home capabilities outside of the home itself. It can be used anywhere with a wifi network and a power source. You can move it into the backyard for a smart-barbecue, hook up your car with a wireless hotspot for a smart car on the go, or even take it with you to a vacation home. With your connected phone or tablet, it can function as an independent smart home hub, complete with Alexa.
2 Philips 60W Smart LED Bulbs – Soft White
After the hub itself, there is nothing more essential to a smart home than smart bulbs. For all the crazy gadgets out there, there is something inherently useful and satisfying about being able to turn on and off your lights with a word. We chose the Philips 60W Equivalent LED bulbs because they are the best of the best. Philips is the leading brand in smart home lighting with undeniable quality, performance, and longevity. The LEDs are much cooler and more energy-efficiently than a traditional incandescent bulb.
“Alexa, turn the Living Room Light off.”
Of course, these don’t just turn on and off with a word. Smart lights are also capable of percentage power, essentially giving you a smart-dimmer for any room you use them in, and you can pick any number between 0 and 100%. This can allow you to set the mood in the evenings, use the lights as overhead night-lights for midnight snacks and children, then bring the lights up to full brightness when it’s time to find the missing remote.
“Alexa, set the Kitchen Light to 20%”
With two bulbs to start with, you can ‘smarten’ the lighting for any two rooms in your home. Pick the two locations you use most often, and least want to walk to the light switch time and time again. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with smart bulbs immediately and soon you’ll be putting together a unique collection for every fixture in your home.
2 Jinvoo Smart Outlets
And if you thought smart lights were cool, wait until you discover the possibilities of a smart outlet. There are literally hundreds of smart home and IoT devices we could have chosen from for this starter kit, but smart outlets put the power in your hands. These little gadgets, you can turn almost any ‘dumb’ electronic device into a smart device. All you have to do is plug the outlet into the wall, then plug the device into the smart outlet. Then turn off the device.
Smart outlets give you simple on/off control of any device plugged in through them by controlling the flow of electricity. Lamps with oddly sized bulbs can still become smart lamps through an outlet. Fans can be made smart-fans with this simple power passthrough. You can start your coffee maker in the morning while lying in bed or even use them for smart parenting by turning off game consoles or wifi routers on a schedule. The possibilities are endless, just imagine anything you want to turn off or on with a command, on a schedule, or even through an app while you’re away from home.
Jinvoo Smart Power Strip
Our last physical device in the sweepstakes goodie bag is a Jinvoo smart power strip. Smart power strips are one of the latest additions to smart home technology, combining the innovation of the smart outlet with the convenience of an all-in-one power strip. This model has four conventional three-prong outlets and four fast-charging USB ports, allowing you to provide power through both types of common power ports.
Power Strip Includes
- 4 Individual Smart Outlets
- 4 High-Speed Charging USB Smart Ports
But it doesn’t stop there. The magic of a smart power strip is that each individual port is smart-controlled with its own separate entry and name. This means you’re actually getting a total of six smart power sources to control individually and four separate smart USB ports. That’s ten normal powered devices that can become delightful additions to your uniquely personalized smart home.
ParqEx Smart Parking Product / Service Offering:
ParqEx is the Private Parking Technology Platform. Property owners and managers use our proprietary technology to increase the value of their parking spaces that are often underutilized and/or difficult to manage. The platform is a set of modular solutions that can be implemented on their own or packaged together depending on the needs of a given customer or property. Four of the key solutions include:
provides property owners with the ability to increase income by facilitating rentals to drivers looking for a place to park. The owners set the availability and price, and we handle the rest. Our supply comes from a wide variety of customers and property types – everything from developers with large open lots, to non-profits with a few spots, to individual homeowners with one garage spot.
offers a better way to provide access to secure parking locations by controlling doors and gates through the ParqEx mobile app. When compared with traditional opening methods such as fobs and “clickers”, this proprietary “Internet of Things” (IoT) technology solution is inexpensive to install, saves operating costs, and reduces management hassle.
designed primarily for apartment and condominium buildings, this plug-and-play offering is an amenity that improves the guest parking experience for residents, guests, and managers alike. It improves the entire process: from reserving a spot to arriving at the building to managing who should be parking in what spot – all while capturing important usage data over time.
provides easy to use tools to ensure that the correct vehicles are parked in the appropriate locations. This offering supports anyone who is self-managing their parking and wants to have better information at their fingertips to do so more efficiently.
ParqEx is accessible via a web-based app (app.parqex.com) and mobile apps for iOS and Android.
ParqEx VIP Treatment
Finally, our lucky sweepstakes winner will not only get all the convenience and fun of this complete smart home starter package, we will also be rewarding the winner with exclusive ParqEx VIP treatment. We will make you feel like a star of the new wireless world. First, you get access to premier options through the ParqEx app including better parking spaces, VIP planning features, and a full suite of special services we provide.
$50 in Parking Credit in Prime Locations
Just to start with, the winner will find themselves the proud owner of $50 in premium ParqEx credit. Leave behind your worries about parking on busy streets or paying overcharged public parking lots and garages. You will be able to book parking for free in prime locations around our hotspots of Chicago, Milwaukee, along with any premier locations available across the country.
VIP Access to Premier Options
Our team is constantly trying to bring a better experience to loyal ParqEx users and this has resulted in a number of premier options through our app and membership choices. The lucky winner of the giveaway will get premier access to our best options with their pick in how to use them. From booking spaces at the last minute to renting out spots in your own driveway or even a parking lot, we’re ready to provide with VIP exclusive customer service.
Try our Access+ Technology (Digital Garage Door Opener)
And in the wonderful spirit of smart home convenience, you get to try ParqEx Access+ (Digital Garage Door Opener). Through our app, you will be able to try our Access+ technology at our select parking locations to open a gate or garage door from the ParqEx app. But it doesn’t stop there. You can also provide garage door access to friends, family members, and approved visitors and only for as long as you want to provide access. This makes garage door ownership (and keeping track of garage door openers) so much easier!
Enter To Win the Smart Home Giveaway Today!
This offer won’t last forever, and there can only be one lucky winner. If you love smart homes but don’t have one of your own yet, put your name into the running. Now is your chance to start an elite smart home of your own, uniquely designed to suit your needs and make your house immensely cool. Great for homeowners and renters, real estate professionals and even to take along to vacation homes, this kit is the perfect way to start your amazing smart home experience. Join our sweepstakes today!
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