The most well known of the smart speakers, the Echo plays a key role in a smart home. Being able to use your voice to request any information or action is pretty smart. Having the larger Echo in the living room allows me to play music at a decent volume, and it can pick up my voice from across the room.
Amazon Echo Dot x 2
Just about everyone and their mother (literally) received one of these for christmas. Just like the full size Echo, the smaller counterpart is the perfect companion in the bedroom and in the office, which allows me to turn any of my lights on/off when going to bed, and adjust the thermostat to any temperature as well.
Ecobee Smart Thermostat
Turning the heat or AC on from anywhere (especially from the couch or bed) is now a luxury any of us can now afford. The Ecobee thermostat can also work on a schedule so on cold winter days you'll come home to a nice warm house without having to leave the heat on all day. It supports Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit so you can just yell and have the perfect temperature.
Philips Hue Lights- 3x white / 1x color / Hue Go / Hue Lightstrip
The Philips Hue lineup is the biggest out of all the different connected lightbulbs out there. Although you need to buy a Hub to connect the lights to (unlike some other brands), the accessories and lineup is unmatched. The color bulbs are nice to add some flair to your home, and make it look like a sci-fi movie.
Philips Hue - Motion Detector
The motion detector I find to be very useful when entering a room that is only filled with Hue lights. Because you need to keep the light switch turned on for the lights to work, it's not convenient to request that your lights turn on when going in and out of a room. But with a motion detector, as soon as you walk in, the lights turn on, and when you leave, they'll turn off.
I keep this in my closet, so when I walk in it turns the lights on, and once it stops detecting motion, it turns the lights back off. We're living in the future!
Sometimes old school is the best school. This could also replace a motion detector to a certain extent. placing one at the entrance to a bedroom will allow you easily turn the lights on or off, or dim them.
You can also set up scenes and all sorts of combinations through 3rd party apps to really customize how it all works. For the $25 these are great.
Camera - Sony A6000 stock 15-50mm lens + 55-200mm + Extension Tubes
My first camera past an iPhone. A cheap mirrorless camera, compatible with a vast amount of lenses, and offers 1080p 60fps, which is crucial for nice smooth B-Roll. The extension tubes give the ability for clear macro shots, and the telephoto is for when I want all of the bokeh.
Microphone - AudioTechnica AT3350is / Sony ECM-GZ1M
An inexpensive quality microphone that can be plugged into your phone to record audio, or a computer as well. A great all around lapel mic.
The A6000 doesn't support audio input, so the shotgun microphone attached by the hot shoe is the next best thing. It's a great microphone for up close shots and for shooting outdoors, without having to sync up audio in post production.
Tripod & Slider - Magnus VT400 & Zecti 15.7" Carbon Fiber Slider
A great fluid head tripod to start out with. Sturdy metal construction, but portable and light. Easily attaches to the carbon fiber slider to get a little bit of extra height, but also a ton of new filming options for B-Roll.