The real concept of Smart Home will take a long time to become reality. But fortunately, there are some accessories and devices that can offer some advantages in this regard. In this article, we will show you some alternatives that you can use to make your environment more “intelligent”.
What is a Smart Home?
In short, it is a term that is connected to integrated domotics, which offers different possibilities to the user through the Internet. Through this system, it is possible to control household appliances, lighting, temperature, multimedia, security, windows, and doors.
Can my house be smart?
Yes. Every home can become smart/intelligent. This will require a powerful Wi-Fi capable of reaching every room in the house.
Devices for your smart home
Today, let’s take a tour of my hypothetical Smart Home, where we’ll find out what these smart devices do and how they can help us.
If I have to visit, I go to buy beer, soft drinks, and snacks. When it’s time to go home, I’ll surely be full of bags in my hands and I’ll have to juggle to get the keys and open the door. With Smart Lock, I can open the door with the biometrics of my finger. Much more practical!
In the domestic market, there are few Smart Lock options, in which the user can register his biometrics on intelligent padlocks. Of course, this concept has yet to spread, perhaps in the coming years. For example, on the Internet, it is possible to find padlocks of the Kevo brand, operated by mobile phone.
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Refrigerator and microwave
Well, I went into the house and I have to fix everything I bought. The most important thing is that I didn’t forget to buy anything because the smart refrigerator system reminded me of the amount of beer I had. He also reminded me that I had little milk and yogurt.
Yes, this is possible with the ideal Smart Home system. In this area, we have aggressive investments from Samsung (Samsung Hub line) and LG. Its most recent versions include touch screen on the refrigerator door, cameras for scanning food inside the refrigerator, gathering information on the expiration date and purchase.
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How about some music? This is one of the possibilities of intelligent systems that I like, which is to listen to music from any of the Wi-Fi devices in every room in the house. You can subscribe to a particular service for this purpose, such as Sonos, or integrate environments that use traditional streaming services like Spotify.
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Virtual assistants are much more common today. To activate a song like I said above, for example, I can ask Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa. They are well optimized and work with voice commands.
Obviously, my house is not a villa, but for security reasons, I can opt for a surveillance camera system. In the Smart Home system, I can view images of someone on the front gate in any room where I am on a smartphone, tablet, monitor or TV. All I have to do is take the phone and communicate with that person without leaving the place where I am.
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We arrived in a room! To create a more welcoming atmosphere, I will change the colors of the lamps to give a warmer tone to the environment. I will also turn off the kitchen light I left. But make no mistake, all this will be done through my smartphone, thanks to the Philips Hue smart lamps.
How about finishing a visit to my house and watching a good movie or series on Netflix? Yes, because a smart home cannot miss a smart TV. This device is standard, that is, it is equipped with a TV with operating systems and Internet access.
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Our tour of my house is coming to an end, but first I want to show you something new: my smart vacuum cleaner. A product like iRobot Roomba 650 can be controlled via the smartphone and all I have to do is worry about monitoring it. Simpler than that.
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Once again: thanks for following my tour. Now I go to sleep and hope to sleep well all night. On top of my bedside table is the Hello “Sense my voice” device, which is a sleep monitor. This gadget combines many sensor sensors such as humidity, temperature, pressure and air quality and must be positioned under the cushion so that it happens independently. So I have a complete record of my night.
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Other smart products…
I would like to mention two smart devices here that I consider useful. One is the smart thermostat, which controls the air conditioning based on the humidity in the air. It may seem silly, but with a device, we can save energy and money. The second is a water leak detector, which signals any problems. There are many accessories with these features for sale on the market.
And you already use one of these technologies? Do you let us know how you are?