With the growing development of the Internet of Things (IoT), the reality of a smart home has phased beyond the fictional aspect. With just one finger, you can control your entire home. For specifics, your entire smart home.
A smart home is a place of dwelling wherein all its major entities are remotely controlled by a central device (smartphone or computer). The entities include lighting, air conditioning, heating, TV sets, computers, theatre systems, security, cameras, etc. All these devices are usually internet-connected, which is the main reason for their communication.
Now, we’ll be looking at five things that can turn your abode into a smart home.
Digital Personal Assistants
The likes of Cortana, Siri, Google Assistant are personal assistants you must be familiar with. You also know they are majorly on smartphones. Beyond smartphones, personal assistants are now found in small gadgets that can be placed anywhere in the house.
Once they are positioned at any point with easy access, different kinds of commands can be made. Actions such as changing the TV channel, increasing the audio system’s volume can be done by just issuing a command. Google Assitant, Siri and Alexa are examples of credible personal assistants found in smart home gadgets. They are found in Google Home, Amazon Echo and Apple HomePods respectively.
Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV) are the commonest type of home cameras. If cameras like this are in your homes, you can monitor what goes on at home when you are not around. So, when cases of burglary thefts or sort occur, you can channel your reaction in the right direction.
When your kitchen utensils and appliances are smart, your comfort level will skyrocket undoubtedly. Imagine smart plates and forks that can measure your calorie intake, and warn you when you’re crossing the limits.
Or think about a smart cooker that helps your cooking when you’re not even around. Lagosians who spend lots of time in traffic congestion will really need this. Before you get home, you can set the conditions for the cooker to warm that food you have in the pot. By the time you get home, the meal is ready to be served.
Your shopping can also be made easier if you have a smart fridge or refrigerator. You can check out missing items in the fridge when you’re not at home, and purchase them on your way back home.
Integrating these into your doors gives you that extra edge of comfort and security. It can be annoying when people knock on your door severally, and you have to check who it is before opening. With these doorbells, you can find out whoever’s at the door right from your bedroom and even when you’re outside the home.
Robovac a.k.a robotic vacuum cleaners can help out with the strenuous work of tidying up the home’s surroundings. From the cleaning of specks of dirt, pet hair food crumbs down to arranging the house, these vacuums are resourceful. And the good thing is, you can set a time schedule for them to carry out these functions, and also recharge themselves.
There is a couple of other good stuff that can turn your home into a smart home. But these are just a few of them. You can start with the little things first, and then you can go bigger. As the saying goes, a little drop of water makes a mighty ocean. So, don’t always think the smart homes you see in movies are all fictional. The truth is, you can make your home a smart home.