The wide range of smart products hitting the market provides us numerous options to equip our homes with smart tech. Smart technology is designed to provide ease, comfort and convenience in our daily lives.
The first thing that comes to mind when talking about smart devices is, of course- smart assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. They can not be programmed to record your schedule; they can also adjust the connected smart devices to your requirements according to that schedule. Just walk into a room and have the temperature and lighting automatically set to your preference. Then, of course, there is Apple with Siri, which can follow voice commands to operate your smart devices.
Smart technology has been designed to allow easy customization and convenience to control remotely from apps on your phone. You could go for an interconnected system that creates an IoT environment or else simply pick and choose from the array of smart tech. So let’s get started.
If you are looking to tech-up your place, you should take a look at these fantastic recommendations from the experts;
“For homes, I’d recommend that you protect your family and valuables using a smart security system and cameras. With smart security, as opposed to local alarms, you’ll get notified if any of your sensors go off or if your camera detects motion or a person. Many systems offer both self-monitoring from mobile applications as well as 24/7 professional monitoring for extra protection.
“There are smart door and window, glass break, smoke, CO, leak, and temperature sensors available, all WiFi-connected. I recommend getting both smart security and smart environmental monitoring, so you can be notified if your smoke alarm goes off when you’re not home, for example.” (Aliza Vigderman)
“A smart plug is an adapter that usually plugs into the socket of an electrical device. They work through Wi-Fi connections and power from outlets, aiming to make users more eco-friendly by turning off appliances automatically thanks to set timers. The smart plugs can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet.
“For instance, people might use a smart plug for their crockpot so it would turn off when they leave for work in the morning and then turn back on at say 8pm after family dinner time is over. The temperature of your oven during food prep could also get adjusted with this technology.”
Aliza Vigderman, Senior Editor and Industry Analyst at the smart home security website Security.org
“A biometric door lock lets you use your fingerprints, a scan of your eye or face, or even facial recognition software to unlock the door. You no longer need to keep up with a key when you want access- as once authorized by the system, all you have to do is touch the correctly mounted biodevices in order for it to recognize who you are and allow entrance into the building! Awesome!
“Just make sure that visitor policy is on point before installing one though. There's also a neat feature called child demonstration which as soon as someone opens or exits it by their fingerprint, they'll be prompted to select a pre-registered child authorization option. This ensures that only registered children can open any locked door.”
Amir Behrozi, My Home Dojo
“Add comfort to your home by cleansing the air using a low-noise and energy-efficient air purifier. It has intelligent filters with RFID chips to proactively monitor real-time usage and accurately judge its replacement time. Even better, it incorporates GermShield technology to protect against airborne viruses and bacteria, and you can use it with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Other essential features include the LCD color display indicating real-time air quality.”
Harriet Chan, Co-Founder of CocoFinder
“If you want to add some smart features to small home appliances like coffee makers, lamps, and televisions. The connect sense outlet is a fantastic option. This versatile dual-outlet smart plug works with Alexa, the Google Assistant, and can be controlled via an android and mobile app. You can use home kit scenes and automation to make it work with other smart home devices.” (Mia Green)
“Since then, August smart locks have been among our favorites. The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is the company's smallest model yet, and it's also the first to include built-in Wi-Fi. Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and a slew of other third-party platforms and devices are all supported.” (Mia Green)
“Connected countertop ovens are becoming increasingly popular, with a variety of microwave-sized smart appliances available that can bake, broil, sear, and reheat, among other things. The most expensive oven is the Brava. It has a lot of automatic cooking presets for both meals and can cook food in ten different ways.”
Mia Green, COO and Co-founder of findthisbest