Everything to be automated at the touch of a button—all people want is to let the house do everything for them. Well, we are not too far away from that reality. If you’ve got enough budget, you could control HVAC of yoursmart home—from your smartphone.
Unbelievable? Well, check out some of the new, cutting-edge products that were at the Consumer Electronics Show.They can help you with everything from spying on your pets’ antics when you’re not home to making sure your dental routine is up to snuff—all thanks to mobile apps and wireless connectivity.
Petcube – Remote Pet Sitting: Have you ever come home to find last night’s garbage strewn across the kitchen floor and a guilty look on Pet dog Bruno’s face? Here is a pet cam, which is more interactive than your standard nanny cam and ould come in very handy.
Not only does it allow you to see what your pets are up to while you’re away but also it has a microphone, so that you can say hello to them and or tell bruno to drop that shoe. Want to get in some playtime together during your lunch break at work? There’s a built-in, controllable laser pointer for that. And it costs around $199,
Smarter Wi-Fi Coffee Machine, your Morning Caffeine Fix: Want to enjoy a few extra minutes in bed and have a cup of coffee waiting for you as soon as you walk into the kitchen bleary-eyed?
Upon your app-based command, this machine will grind the beans and brew you a fresh cup, one at a time, so it is always available piping hot. Once you’ve walked back in the door after a long day at work, it will also ask if you’d like a fresh cup of coffee. How is that for a welcome home? It would cost around $150.
Parrot Flower Power H20 – for Healthy Household Plants: You want to care your plants? Or simply you can’t find a kind neighbor to check in on your precious while you’re on vacation? Don’t you worry. Here is the solution.
Parrot Flower Power H20 smart sensor makes it easy to care for your plants. It will test the soil, the amount of sunlight that your plant is soaking up, and how much water it really needs and then sends this information to you for monitoring via an app.
For wateingr a plant while you’re away, simply affix a standard screw-top bottle filled with water to the device, and the Flower Power H20 will know how much to give the plant based on its ‘vital signs’ and what type of flora it is. It costs around $59.99.
Oral-B Smart Series 7000 with Bluetooth – for really Pearly White Teeth: This gadget – Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush – works with an app on your phone to track your brushing habits. It not only lets you know which spots you missed, but also it will time you to make sure you’re brushing for the full two minutes and tell you if you need to ease up on your pressure.
Plus, it keeps stats on your brushing behavior over time, so that you can prove to your dentist that you’ve been diligent about cleaning. It records brushing activity as data that you can chart on your own and share with dental professionals. And it costs about $219.
DoorBird – for Top-Notch Home Security: Did you ever get home to find that the package that was supposedly delivered to your front door is nowhere in sight? DoorBird might help you to solve that mystery. It’s a combo doorbell/video camera/security system that keeps tabs on who’s dropping by when you’re not around.
The technology sends an alert to your smartphone whenever someone rings the bell. And the HD camera lets you speak to your visitor even if you’re not at home, and keeps a record of who’s been to your doorstep by date and time. Isn’t it quite amazing?
If you are already using electronic locks, you may also be able to integrate DoorBird with your system so that you can unlock the door remotely. And it even comes with an add-on indoor camera, so you can make sure everything’s O.K. once you let someone inside. It costs about $349.
Ecovent – for a Climate-Controlled Home: No matter how new your HVAC system is, you may still have one room in your house that’s always a sauna – while another is an icebox. So how do you manage this?
Ecovent helps you remedy this problem. It’s a system of smart air vents, plug-in sensors and an app that allows you to set temperatures individually by room via smartphone. Fantastic! Isn’t it?
Because the system can sense someone’s presence, it also knows when it doesn’t need to heat or cool a room unnecessarily thus saving you on utility bills. You need to pay about $420 to reserve a starter kit.
Some Experts Tips for Setting-Up Your Smart Home
Before you go full action suiting up your smart home, there are some things to watch for when using so many connected devices, it is always good to take some consumer electronics experts advice before buying them.
Secure your network to prevent hacking: With so many smart devices reliant on Wi-Fi, it’s all the more important that your online connection is secure. If your home network is not secure, that can be a huge problem if you have, for example, automated door locks.
Make sure the device has its own security guarantees: Similarly, you also want to make sure the manufacturer has its own ways of keeping information secure from hackers, such as what type of firewall systems they use and what sort of encryption methods they apply to the device.
Make sure your gadgets are compatible with each other: Don’t assume that one gadget you buy will seamlessly connect to another. Check the specs to ensure that your current systems and software will work with your new smart device you buy. This is particularly important if you want to control multiple devices from one home-automation hub. There are three main communication protocols out there: Z-Wave, ZigBee and WiFi. A Z-Wave hub will not talk to a ZigBee switch and WiFi devices will not talk to any of those. And then there are hubs that will speak all protocols, like the Wink HUB.
Beware of products with too many moving parts: Most smart gadgets suffer from the ‘basket of remotes’ problem except the issue is not the number of remotes but the number of specialty apps that are required to operate individual gadgets.
So, want to set up your ‘Smart Home with these Smart gadgets and live a ‘Smart Life’?