It may have come kicking and screaming, but the “Smart” home long promised to us in popular culture and science fiction seems to have finally arrived. Well, arrived in the sense that individuals who want a smart home can now buy the devices and appliances needed to transform their disconnected house into a connected, Smart Home of the future. And if you think about it, the time is just about right. After all, technology has already infiltrated every other facet of our lives, from the way that we interact with friends, family and colleagues, to the work environment – it’s only appropriate that it finally find its way into our homes!
A number of different smart devices are now available to transform your home into the connected, wireless, smart domicile that you’ve always wanted. Among those companies leading the charge is Samsung, which has amassed an impressive collection of patents related to the industry. Rest assured, though, other manufacturers are joining in on the fun. The smartphone in your pocket is only the beginning – the devices below are set to once again revolutionize the way that people live. Where the smartphone changed our lives on the go, these smart devices will change the way we live at – and in some cases, away from – home.
Today’s televisions are used for far more than viewing the evening news and the occasional baseball game – they are used to access the Internet, apps, subscription services, email, games and more. In the 21st century, a television must be able to sync with multiple devices and services while providing a stellar picture. More and more, it must be able to provide an experience not unlike that afforded by tablets, smartphones and computers – a connected, multi-faceted experience. And for individuals seeking the best size TV possible, there’s little need to worry. Today’s smart televisions can be had as large as 85” or greater. The wall television of The Jetsons universe might not be too far off at this point!
For the longest time, thermostats have been, for lack of a better word, dumb. You set a cooling temperature and a heating temperature, and then choose whether to turn the device on or off. That was it – the full extent of your control over the device. All of that has changed, with the introduction of such smart devices as Nest. Life with the Nest smart thermostat is supposed to be easier, more efficient, more intuitive, and of course, more comfortable. The promise is a simple one: your thermostat should have the ability to learn your needs, habits and preferences, so that the temperature is always just right. The key being, without your input. It would appear to be a powerful concept, as the company was recently purchased by Google for $3.2 billion.
Smart Home Controls
The dream of being able to control the lights, air conditioning, multi-media center and garage door from a central remote is finally here! True, not all home automation systems offer the same level of control, but popular options – like that offered by SmartThings – do make the cost of entry into the automated, Smart Home incredibly affordable. With the SmartThings home automation system, users can control basic functions like lights and door locks, but can also monitor who is home and whether any damage or outages have occurred. Monitoring and controlling the home remotely has never been easier.
Smart Security Systems
Most people don’t realize it, but many cable and wireless providers also offer smart security systems. Though one might not immediately associate a wireless provider with security, the systems do offer a number of benefits. Perhaps most fundamentally, the systems are connected wirelessly. This allows the security system to incorporate a number of different features, including cameras, security sensors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, flood sensors, and alarms, both motion- and sound-activated. All of these systems can then be monitored online from a remote location.
Author Bio: Jessica is a freelance journalist who loves to cover technology news and the ways that technology makes life easier. She also blogs at FreshlyTechy.com. Check her out on Twitter @TechyJessy.