Someday soon, smart houses will cease to be something dreamed up in science fiction and become an everyday occurrence for most of us. Until that day, there are plenty of exciting tools and gadgets available right now that can help you turn your home into a technological marvel that can improve your productivity and comfort. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Modern Security Solutions
Once upon a time, the only deterrent a would-be burglar needed to second-guess himself was an ill-tempered bulldog or perhaps a simple deadbolt lock. These days, thieves are cunning and require a somewhat more inventive security solution.
To that end, gadgets like ADT home security cameras can give you the edge you need to prevent burglaries and home invasions. These advanced security systems give you peace of mind no matter where you are, thanks to integration with your smartphone or tablet.
Part of what makes a smart home so smart is the fact that it can, in many situations, gradually take control of simple tasks, such as adjusting the settings for your heating or air conditioning systems, and even adjusting your home’s lighting based on your daily habits and routines.
If you’re interested in saving some money on your utility bills, you might want to look into advanced thermostats, such as those available from Nest. Nest was recently acquired by Google, which indicates that exciting things are on the horizon for home automation.
An Advanced Gatekeeper
While a comprehensive security system is the best answer for many households, there are a number of options available for modernizing the individual components of your security solution.
After you take a look at the August Smart Lock, you may never see door locks quite the same way again. Smart locks represent the latest innovations in keyless entry, and even let you remotely lock or unlock your home with your smartphone, allowing you (for example) to let guests in when you need to.
Upgrade Your TV
Many of our favorite gadgets are getting the word “smart” added to their names: smartphones, smart homes, and now smart TVs. Smart TVs are the heir apparent to existing television technology, and offer a number of indispensable features that will soon have us wondering how we got by without them.
Smart TVs have Internet connectivity built right in, which allows you to use your favorite streaming services, including movies, television shows, and music, without having to use a set-top box or other connected device. Best of all, these conveniences are combined with the same high-definition, photorealistic picture quality that you’ve come to expect from modern televisions.
An Advanced Washer and Dryer
You might think that clothes washing techniques reached their technological peak once we invented detergent, but companies like LG are looking to prove you wrong. Prepare to get excited about washing your clothes again.
Many modern dryers are shifting away from familiar techniques and using steam to clean your clothes instead. Steam has a number of benefits, from saving you money on your water bill to working out some of those stubborn wrinkles while your clothes are being washed.
A New Frontier
This is just the beginning. These and many more exciting advances will be finding their way into homes all across America in the coming months and years; yours could be next.
Stacey Waxman is a freelance writer. She can be found typing away on her laptop in cold Cleveland, OH. Stacey welcomes your feedback via email.
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