Smart technology is seeping into every aspect of our daily lives—and not just through using our handheld devices. There is now a “smart” version of just about anything you use, you just have to know where to look. Homes of the future will be filled to the brim with smart technology that makes everyday life even more convenient, but right now it is only the quickest homeowners who get on top of the newest tech. Here are some of the best home tech features on the market right now.
The Amazon Echo is the first major step towards affordable fully integrated home automation for anyone. Its always-on feature means that voice activation is possible at any time, allowing ultimate control over many different aspects of your home. Through “Alexa,” you have instant access to internet searches (and pretty much anything on the internet), music streaming, audiobooks, and compatibility with a number of external smart apps and devices, to allow for things such as temperature and lighting control.
Smart Smoke Detector
Every so often, a piece of smart technology comes along that you didn’t even know that you needed. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are essential items, but they do a job—what more could we possibly need from them? Well, with a “smart” detector, you are able to connect it to other devices, and enjoy the benefits of it doing its job in a much more efficient manner. For example, if it goes off errantly, you can switch it off from your phone, saving you another trip up a ladder. Two smart detector options are the Nest Protect, or simply a Roost Smart Battery that makes any alarm smart.
Chamberlain MyQ Garage
Taking a few minutes to install the MyQ Garage can transform your home experience. It allows you to open and close your garage from anywhere that you have wifi access, or on your phone. This allows you to give people access into your home when you are not home, save worrying about whether or not you left your garage door open, and so on.
Belkin Smart Crock-Pot
Whether you are a regular cook or a nervous chef, most people enjoy the benefits of cooking with a crock-pot. The ease of being able to throw some ingredients in a cooker and leave them to cook for hours as you go about your daily business appeals to just about anybody. With a Belkin Smart Crock-Pot however, you can get even more control over that experience, being able to check in with your phone and turn it up or down remotely. Imagine the convenience of being able to start your dinner meal cooking from your office at lunch.
Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator
A few years ago, no one would have ever thought that you would need a smart refrigerator. The height of refrigerator sophistication was a double door fridge with an ice-maker. Now however, even fridge fashion is starting to change, and we have to say it’s for the better. With a smart fridge like the Samsung Family Hub, you can do pretty much anything that you can do with your smart devices, right there on your fridge. How is this useful? It allows you to leave yourself a running shopping list that you can check on your phone, send yourself reminders, and there are even cameras inside the fridge that allows you to check its contents when you are at the store.
Each of these things might seem futuristic, but they are available to buy right now. Most cost a bit more than the usual, mundane version of each appliance, so it is worth making sure that your home insurance or home warranty will cover them. Think about which smart devices you can install today, and be the envy of all of your friends tomorrow!
Courtesy TheTopTier Digital Media