We’ve been spending more time in our homes than ever, and with the combination of the winter chill and the ongoing pandemic, it seems like home really is the place to be. But how can we make our homes work better for us in the age of the internet? For some people, the answer is to fill the home with smart home products.
What Makes a Smart Home?
Smart devices are common household objects that are connected to the internet or another smart device through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or some other type of connection. Sometimes this is referred to as the “Internet of Things.” The most common smart device that you deal with on a day-to-day basis is probably your smart phone, though you might have other smart devices in your home already, like a smart TV or a robotic vacuum.
Millennials are the most receptive generation to smart devices, and the generation that uses the most technology (even beating out generation Z!), according to consumer trends expert Veronica Chen. But smart devices can help everybody from busy parents to people who are dealing with aging or chronic illness. The right smart home devices can eliminate certain chores, automate daily routines and give you some peace of mind. Our homes should work for us, not the other way around.
Smart Home Products
You can turn any house into a smart home with these devices!
With the Echo Show, you can take all your smart devices to the next level. Powered by the virtual assistant Alexa, Echo Show acts as a control center for all the smart devices in your house. Many smart home products are compatible with Alexa, and Alexa voice control. The new, third-generation Echo Show comes with a screen designed to move with you while you use it to access recipes, video-chat with loved ones and even watch your favorite show. It’s going to be released on February 25th, but it’s available for preorder now! Buy it here.
Turn any TV into a smart TV with Fire TV Stick 4K. The Fire Stick is a streaming device that allows you to access all of your favorite streaming services, like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max and so much more. It also has a voice control option with the use of the Alexa voice remote. Buy it here.
With the Philips Hue White 2-Count A19 LED Smart Bulb, you can control any light in your house! These smart bulbs are compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant, and they will respond to the sound of your voice. Create timers, change the hue to fit your mood, turn the lights on and off all with the sound of your voice (or a click of a button if you choose to use the mobile app). Buy it here.
The Google Nest is the coolest thermostat around. With its minimalistic design, intuitive controls and smart technology, it will make controlling the temperature of your home a breeze. It will even search for ways that you and your family can save money on your energy needs. The Nest can help you save energy and stay comfortable. It’s compatible with iPhones, Android phones, Google Assistant and Alexa. Buy it here.
With Level Bolt, you can invisibly transform your door’s lock – no one can see it from the outside. You can lock or unlock your door with the Level app, your voice or even your old key. That’s right, you can keep your keys. You can even set it to automatically unlock as you enter and automatically lock as you leave. Buy it here.
The Future of the Smart Home
What will the connected home look like in the future? People are looking into how smart home products can improve our lives, and new homes are already being designed with the Internet of Things in mind. One day, smart home technology could be as commonplace as air conditioning or even plumbing. Smart home products and technology are becoming more and more accessible to average consumers as time goes on.
The future of the smart home might blend smart home products with wearable technology like the FitBit or the Apple Watch. Your wearable could monitor your health, unlock your front door, and turn your lights on or off when you enter or leave a room. It could even keep track of your mood and calibrate the lights to calm you down or wake you up. Your bed could detect your body’s pressure points and adjust so that you get a better night’s sleep. What about a smart wardrobe that could give you options based on the weather outside, the information you’ve entered into your agenda, and your personal sense of style? With smart home products, the sky’s the limit. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see for ourselves.
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