How Our Homes are Getting Smarter

Homes are Getting Smarter

No matter where you live, it would be difficult to not notice the rapid expansion of technology in our everyday life. Our homes are no exception, with an influx of gadgets on the market. There are now numerous ways to make your home a smart one. Let’s have a look at a few of the more interesting options.

Thermostat

Long gone are the days of having to manually adjust your thermostat depending on how cold it was outside. New smart thermostats are becoming more common, which can tap into your internet connection to monitor the current and future weather forecasts, and adjust accordingly. Also, they can be controlled via a smartphone app, from anywhere in the world. Here is one such example:  ECOBEE.

The LeakBot

Another understated but handy gadget for use in the home is called LEAKBOT. Ever feared or been unfortunate enough to have a water leak in your home? Then this is the device for you! The LeakBot is designed to detect small water leaks anywhere on the pipework in your home, before the leaks become a major problem. If a leak is detected, you will be alerted by a smartphone app and connected directly to a plumber.

Smartmeters

Readers from the UK may have heard in recent weeks of the problems of smartmeters overcharging customers by thousands. Yet when they work, they are an essential in any smart home. They automatically send the required data to your energy provider which ends the need for an engineer to visit your home to check the meter readings, saving time and money. In the UK, there were just over 4.9 million of these meters installed across the UK, covering about 10% of the total meters. However, with the improvements in technology and more reliable meters soon to be in use, that figure is set to rise.

Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Get smart with your safety with the latest range of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Many of the devices available work as a 2-in-1 system for smoke and gas. These alarms can alert your smartphone if the alarm is sounding, handy if you are away, and self-test their own batteries to ensure your safety.

Amazon Echo

Sure, voice activated speakers are not an entirely new concept, but the Amazon Echo provides far more than just a speaker. It can provide information on news, sport, weather among others as well of course, playing music, all by a simple voice control. Unlike earlier voice activated gadgets, the Amazon Echo can recognise your voice from across the room, even when music is playing. It also has full voice control for Amazon Music, Prime Music, Spotify and TuneIn.

Light bulbs

OK, I know. Light bulbs have never been one of the hottest gadgets on the market. But the latest wave, have created something of a spark. They can be controlled with an app on a smartphone or in some brands, controlled with the Amazon Echo mentioned above along with a host of other gadgets. They vary in price from under £10 for the most basic, with bluetooth enabled functionality to hundreds of pounds for the premium models.

Plug Sockets

All the new smart technology is great but you will need somewhere to plug it in. Step forward the new range of smart sockets. These can be controlled with your smartphone through an internet connection. They can also respond to Siri voice commands.

Article by Daniel Heaver.

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