The future of smart homes is nearer than you think, thanks to developments in the world of the Internet of Things, a.k.a IoT. Have you ever come home exhausted and didn’t feel the energy to park your car in the garage, open the doors, walk in or even turn on the air conditioner when you get inside? Well, once again, tech comes to the rescue as it helps to automate all of the daily menial tasks around the house, giving you time to relax and even offering more comprehensive functionality than traditional home appliances. Now you can unlock your door simply through your voice. Just a click, and everything, from the indoor regulator even the littlest lights of your home, is aligned to the settings you wish. Suppose you are a new homeowner looking to populate your house with smart gadgets or a resident of a home with annoying appliances that demand individual attention. In that case, this blog post will help you explore how and what devices make a home smart.
1. Automatic door lock
Let’s start with the front door. Entering or leaving the house can be hectic if you have a lot of stuff in hand. And don’t even get me started on the nightmare of being locked out of your house. Automatic door locks have a simple solution to that: voice recognition. With simple commands such as “lock the front door” or “open the front door,” it not only makes space in your pockets by getting rid of keys but also gives the peace of mind of knowing that your door only opens when you want. Not only that but some of the top-tier bright door-locking products, like the August WiFi Smart Lock, also provide features like a remote lock and unlocking access and notifications that connect to smartwatches or phones. Coupled with a camera doorbell, you can even know who’s coming and going while not at home.
Ever get tired of turning on every bulb in the house one by one? Or having too many bulbs connected to one switch? Or even annoyed by single-color mundane lighting that takes a toll on your mood? The smart lighting system gives you control over every bulb, whichever way you want, all in a single app from your phone. Lightning systems, like the Wyze products, allow you to set the ambiance, brightness, and color of bulbs all at once or set custom profiles for different parts of the day, or even mood, by using smart LEDs connected via WiFi. Too bothered to use the phone? ‘tell’ the lights to switch off using voice recognition features and have the right ambiance going in the house with minimal effort. While these smart LEDs may cost more than a conventional bulb, not only will you be saving electricity, but they also have a more comprehensive range of controls.
3. Camera systems
Gone are the days of grainy black-and-white footage of bulky and omnipresent CCTV cameras. Now rest assured that you can watch over your house while away, 24/7, with nothing but a couple of tennis ball-sized cameras and your phone in (for most cases) 1080p resolution. Smart cameras offer everything from cloud storage for recordings to motion detection to face recognition, lest an intruder dares step foot on your territory. Some camera systems, such as Google’s Nest cams, can even detect emergencies and contact concerning emergency services, allowing users to live with the assurance that tech has covered them. And the best part is that they’re very user-friendly and easy to install and set up, giving you more accessibility than traditional CCTVs.
What’s an intelligent home without an adorable disk to do automatic cleaning so that your floor always shines. With the first ‘Roomba’ launched by iRobot in 2002, these little vacuums have come a long way. Today they can empty themselves, have a recharging station, and even connect to the WiFi to allow you to control it with your phone or voice. Equipped with state-of-the-art floor tracking sensors and apps to designate cleaning times, Roombas will enable you to push the concern of house cleanliness to the back of your mind and focus on more important things. Best of all, they’re pet friendly.
5. Smart home hubs
Finally, this automation process may seem painful to manage and customize. There is even tech that has got you covered on that. There’s a variety of options ranging from simply using a raspberry pi, for all our tech-savvy readers, to Amazon Echo(4th gen), for those who aren’t afraid to spend a bit more for greater control and customization over their smart homes. These hubs allow you to create schedules, make custom profiles and even feed you data on your house while you’re away. The smart home hub will help you ensure that your home is in safe hands and everything is proceeding according to your preferences automatically and error-free, giving you the peace of mind to go about your day.