Today, we often find ourselves being bombarded with all kinds of intricate-looking gadgets and gizmos that sometimes seem to serve no actual practical purpose. But that’s not the case with these smart pieces of technology that will integrate seamlessly into your home.
A smart thermostat allows you to control the temperature of each individual room in your home, even if you’re not there. With most smart thermostat systems you will have to replace each of the vents in your home with ones that will monitor the climate of each room using in-built sensors. You can install the vents yourself with just a screwdriver, and then all you have to do is input the temperature you want for each room. Most smart thermometers can even work without Internet. Using a smart thermometer, you can save energy by not heating or cooling empty space, while the spaces you will be using maintain the perfect temperature. Check out other great advances in temperature control in this article.
Smart remotes systems are great for people who always seem to find themselves searching for the TV remote. Smart remotes such as Pronto use Bluetooth signals to turn your iPhone into a universal remote which you can use to control your TV, DVD, Blu-ray and more. They can also help you to eliminate clutter by keeping all your remotes in one place.
Use Petcube to check up on your furry friends when you’re not at home. Petcube simply connects to your home WiFi and its 138 degree wide-angle camera allows you to see your pets in HD 720p video. You can even hear your pets and speak to them yourself through the built-in microphone and speaker.
The iKettle from Smarter connects to your phone, allowing you to start boiling the kettle, adjust strength and taste preferences and even keep your tea or coffee warm without ever stepping foot in the kitchen. Smarter claims that you can save up to two full days worth of time per year by pre-boiling your kettle using the WiFi Kettle App. You can even set auto-schedules so that your cup of tea is ready and waiting when you get home from work, and reminders to let you know when your hot water is ready to pour and when the kettle is empty.
Smart home-security cameras such as this one from Netatmo use facial recognition technology so that they know who is at the door. You can receive notifications to your phone when the camera sees someone it recognizes to let you know they have arrived, and you’ll also get an alert when it sees a stranger. You can customize the privacy settings to disable notifications or video recordings for each person. Simply place the camera so that it faces the entrance and download the App.
While there are a few things at home technology can’t help you with, you can make life easier by letting it take care of the rest.