Do you remember the Disney Channel movie Smart House? It seems like we get closer to that reality every day. As our technology becomes more connected, it isn’t out of the ordinary for your phone to control your TV, adjust the temperature of your home, and even make sure your coffee is hot in the morning.
From smart phones to smart homes, there are new devices popping up that can change the way we live. While a quick search on the topic will yield numerous results, here is an introduction to some of the gadgets on the market today.
Smart Camera. There are indoor and outdoor varieties. These devices let you keep an eye on your home via your smart phone.
Video Doorbell. Ever wonder if you had visitors at your door while you were away? Video doorbells send notifications to your phone when they sense movement and begin recording when the bell is pushed. Functionality allows you to communicate with the person on the other side, wherever you may be.
Wi-Fi Door Locks. If you are expecting a visitor, but you can’t be home to greet them, these locks allow you to temporarily unlock your home. Certain products have user-specific codes so you always know who is entering the home.
Smart Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector. No one would argue against the value of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home, but this smart technology takes home safety up a notch. With low-battery alerts, as well as notifications to your phone that allow you to react from anywhere, it’s easier to keep your home and family safe.
Water Leakage Alarms. To help protect your home against water damage, consider installing water leakage alarms. Functionality varies depending on the product, but these relatively inexpensive products can alert you to potential leaks, big or small.
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Smart Garage Door Opener. Ever leave the house and then wonder if you closed the garage door? With this type of device and an app on your phone, you can check if the door is open or closed and control it remotely.
Smart Light Bulb. Being able to control the lights from the couch sounds like the perfect recipe for a relaxing night. Many of these light bulbs also work with various voice-controlled smart home systems.
Smart Thermostat. The programmable thermostat has evolved. This device allows you to control your home’s temperature from your phone.
The world of smart home technology is growing rapidly. Some devices have their own app, while others work through a hub device. With so many different smart devices available, make sure you do your research to ensure all your devices can work together to create a smart-home utopia.