With the advancement in smart home technology, we’re now officially entering a futuristic age, where artificial intelligence will not only customize your living space, but also adapt according to your routine preferences. Today, 39 million Americans use a smart speaker in their home, to make their lives more convenient and comfortable. More than 4000 manufactured devices are compatible with Amazon Alexa, and the number is increasing due to both company creativity and customer demand.
While tangible robots are far from mainstream, several technology-forward devices are ready to make their way into your home and lives. After all, if you could run everything in your life using just your voice, why wouldn’t you? Consider the possibilities: Wake up to a warm cup of coffee or your favorite Spotify song, open your blinds with a single voice command, automatically lock the door when you head to work, get notified when there’s a leak in your house, keep an eye on your kids using a wrist monitor, warm your house up while driving back from work, open source your furniture and storage units for tech-savvy optimization of space, or setup a short-how projector to convert any white wall into your personal movie theatre.
Let’s look at a few ways you in which you can incorporate smart home technology in your living space:
- Smart Lighting:
Offering an intriguing mix of security-oriented features, the smart bulb features a microphone that listens to your burglar alarm or doorbell, a bluetooth radio that syncs with your smartphone, and battery backup that continues to work even during power outages. With battery-powered, module-centric approach, the smart bulb also learns your usability pattern and simulates occupancy when you’re away on a vacation, by ‘replaying’ your typical lighting changes to make it look like you’re home.Easily compatible with third-party applications like IFTTT, Nest, Amazon Echo, and Alexa, smart lighting opens doors to endless scenarios: turn them on remotely when you’re heading home, use them as emergency lighting in an event of no electricity, sync them with the music you’re playing, use scheduling settings to trigger change in color or brightness, and much more.
- Smart Thermostat:
With a remote proximity/temperature/motion sensor, intuitive web and mobile applications, responsive touchscreen display, and integration with third party services, the smart thermostat provides an incredible way to detect the hot and cold spots in your home. The multiple built-in sensors track your whereabouts to create an auto-adjusting, custom temperature schedule.You can manually tweak your thermostat settings remotely, and create separate accounts for each family member. The smart thermostats also come with sleek, interactive analog screens that display the time and temperature in high resolution, making them viewable from a 20 feet distance.
- Smart Locks:
Unlock or lock your door using your phone, share virtual keys with people you want to grant permanent or temporary access, integrate with third party applications to control other devices (for eg: your thermostat switches on automatically when you unlock the door), and scan an eight-digit code to ensure maximum security for your home.You can also enable geofencing, by customizing a detection perimeter for your smart lock, so your door locks/unlocks automatically based on your location. Toggling with an auto-lock feature, where the smart lock will lock your door automatically after being left unlocked for a certain time frame.
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