The future of space is connectivity and automation. Buildings and cities are turning into Smart Buildings and Smart Cities where everything is connected to the cloud, powered by the internet. What makes these spaces “smart” are the objects connected with one another and working in concert by sending massive amount of data to one another. The connectivity and data produced through this provide unimaginable benefits to the public, business and the government.
This type of connectivity is also possible at home. In this article, we will explore what makes a smart home and the 10 Best smart home technologies ever made.
What Makes a Smart Home?
What makes Smartphone, Smartwatch and Smart home similar? Connectivity.
The paramount edge of smart homes over other homes is that devices and appliances are connected, automated and controlled from a central device, e.g your smartphone. This means your home is automated–you can set when and how a device/appliance should react while giving you the freedom to control them anywhere at any given time. The connectivity of “things” in your home means that data are sent and received from one device to another in order to complete a task or learn to adapt to your unique lifestyle.
For instance, when your smart alarm clock learns that you’re up, it can signal the coffee maker to prepare you a cup of coffee. And when your pantry runs out of coffee beans, it can automatically send an alert to your phone so you can include it in your shopping list.
Smart Homes give innumerable benefits, inasmuch as smartphones and the internet provide convenience and efficiency to our daily lives over the past decades.
The overall benefits of Smart homes are:
- Low Operating Cost
- Better Security
Smart Home Technologies to Date
By the year 2020, Cisco predicts that virtually everything will be in the cloud–92% of all workloads. This include consumer loads and smart homes that are powered by the cloud. With this promising future for the Internet of Things, we give you the latest and best smart home devices to date.
Amazon’s Alexa is an intelligent assistant that can be used as the central control for your home devices and as your personal assistant. Having Alexa in your home, you can control all your smart gadgets with your voice. Watch the video to learn more.
This customizable virtual assistant by Google has powerful voice recognition and touch controls. With the power of Google search engine, you can ask it questions and tell it to do things. It is also able to control smart devices like Nest, Philips Hue and Chromecast.
Nest Thermostat is a learning thermostat that can give a personalized energy efficient program for your home. It turns down when you leave the house, it can track your energy use and suggest ways to conserve energy. As it is a learning thermostat, it adapts to your lifestyle and season change. After learning your routine and preference, it automatically programs itself when you wake up, when you’re away and before you sleep.
You will like this intuitively smart coffee makers as your breakfast buddy. It is the first smart grind and brew machine in the world. It knows when you rise and prepares your cup of coffee just in time. With your smartphone you can control the machine, adjust taste, and deep clean remotely.
To date, Serena Shades by Lutron is the smartest way to control daylight in your home. It can offer insulation while controlling the intensity of daylight and adding style to your interiors. With your smartphone you can control the shade just the way you want it.
This Smart fridge from Samsung is wi-fi enabled with touch screen and cameras. Its touchscreen revolutionizes fridge notes; grocery shopping and cooking. With its built-in camera you can check the items you have remotely.
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Even garbage can be smarter, with GeniCan. It is your smart assistant to do shopping. It records the items that you trash so you will know your missing supply. It is easy to use–all you need to do is scan the barcode to keep track of your items, plus it can identify items without barcode. It saves time and money.
You can keep an eye on your home wherever you are with Canary indoor security solution. Like many smart devices it is a technology that can learn to understand unusual activities in your home. And it can also monitor air quality, temperature and humidity. In case you spot a burglar while you’re away, you can turn on a high powered siren and signal the local police.
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Scout security is undoubtedly the best DIY security system in the market. It gives you the freedom to choose the level of support you need, the components you want and its response in different situations. This product promises that you can secure your home remotely
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It is your personal assistant to getting yourself to sleep. It can train you for better night sleep or help you develop the habit of waking up early. You can also connect Kello to other smart devices in your home e.g smart bulb.
Having an organized home is not easy, but these innovations can certainly help. Once you own at least one of these devices, you will have a well-equipped smart home that will – above many others – help you save money, upgrade your space and keep it secure.
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About the Author, Darrell Smith
Darrell Smith is a data / cybersecurity news junkie. He spends most of his time surfing the web for the latest data and network operations center trends. He also shares his recent findings through his articles and other blog posts.