Technology is really astounding. Imagine explaining to your grandparents that now there is a robot that can mow the lawn (Robomow RS622) or a scale that will make sure your baking is done to perfection every time (Perfect Bake Pro)?
They might think you’re talking about an episode of the Jetson’s cartoon. A futuristic cartoon from the 1960’s where robots cleaned and cooked and you were able to travel through automated cars. Not too far off, are we?
No, this is the present time, 2016, and yes; all of our devices can connect to the Internet. Not just computers and smartphones, but everything.
I feel like I’m on the upper end of keeping up with technology. I have the newest smartphone; I have a new laptop with the newest version of Microsoft Office and Windows. I even had a Nest five years ago. If you don’t know what a Nest is, don’t worry, we’ll get to that later, but while researching the newest smart technology for your home, even I was in awe.
Almost as far out as you thought the creators of those futuristic cartoons were, it’s almost true; you dream it and more than likely someone has already automated it. For the home things like; window shades, pet feeders, clocks, lights, doors, security systems, water heaters, appliances, speakers, cameras and yes, lawnmowers!
But the fascinating thing is it’s not futuristic cartoons. It’s home automation. These technological advances allow you to control devices in your home from a mobile device anywhere in the world.
There are many smart home product categories, here are a few of the product areas you may want to consider to get started or opt for an entire smart home system that does all the work for you.
A hub creates a central location to integrate and control all of your smart home gadgets.
Smart thermostats save you money. Most smart thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled and controllable via mobile apps.
The idea behind the Smart Thermostat is to control your heating and air conditioning system by learning your usage patterns and controlling temperatures while you are away from your home as well.
Whether you want to keep an eye on your pets, aging parent, baby or potential package thieves, video monitors have multiple uses. There are just as many options when you are shopping as well. Keep in mind why you are utilizing the monitor and then you can decide what options you need, like range, display, audio, battery life and other features.
Many smart speakers are Bluetooth speakers that are voice-activated and allow you to control a number of smart home gadgets, as well as connect to other smart home hubs. Many can also read your audiobooks, check the weather, and even let you purchase things online just by using your voice. And, as speakers, they should sound great, too.
Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector
Many smart devices can tell you if you are in immediate danger. Depending on the price of the device, some will talk to you; some will send you notifications on your phone.
Smart Home Lock
Smart locks that replace your front door deadbolt do much more than simply lock and unlock your door without a key. Smart locks may also have built-in cameras to help you track who’s entering and leaving your home and can even have options to remotely lock and unlock when you’re away from home.
Smart bulbs use less energy and last a lot longer, and you’ll have the convenience of controlling these lights from your phone or tablet. In addition, most smart bulbs can detect when you’re in the room and turn the lights on and off.
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