Imagine a world where all of the items around you are connected to the internet. Today, we’re living in a reality that’s not too far off from an all-connected way of living. Thanks to the Internet of Things, or IoT, many of the everyday devices we regularly use, from the lights inside of our homes, thermostats and the security systems outside, can communicate with each other and with you. Here are a few smart home technologies worth checking out.
Heating and Cooling
Energy Star-certified, the ecobee4 can save you up to 23 percent on your heating and cooling utilities annually. The smart home thermostat even shows you how much energy you have conserved over a month’s time, and with the Smart Home/Away feature you can save energy, as the thermostat has its own mode for savings and can tell when there is nobody at home. PCMag, Forbes and CNET have all featured this smart thermostat. And for good reason, too. In addition to saving energy, the ecobee4 allows you to effortlessly control the temperature in your home with the tap of your smartphone screen or device. Additionally, this version of the smart thermostat comes with Amazon Alexa Voice services built-in, so you can go hands-free and use your voice to not only control the temperature in your home but to order groceries or play your favorite playlist.
Many of the smart home technologies available today are considered luxuries rather than necessities, however, smart home security is changing the common perception. Connected wireless security systems can not only give you peace of mind when you are away from your home, smart home security systems also give you features that allow you to check-in on your home, from wherever you are. Systems like the rechargeable and completely wireless Arlo Pro offers HD quality live stream recordings in vivid detail, two-way audio that allows you to listen and talk-back directly from your smartphone, night vision technology, local backup storage as well as free cloud storage, and advanced motion detection thanks to a wide-angle PIR motion sensor. Plus, Arlo Pro is weather-resistant and it has a 100-decibel smart siren that was designed to stop crime before it happens that can be triggered via motion detection sensors or controlled remotely.
Philips Hue, a wireless personal smart lighting system, offer limitless possibilities. Compatible with a wide variety of home assistants, the wireless lighting system allows you to seamlessly control the light around your house. Not only does Philips Hue give you complete control over the lighting in your home, it offers an array of features to choose from. Whether you want your lights to welcome you home at night or make it appear as if you’re home when you’re actually away or if you want to create a specific ambiance prime for reading or relaxing, you can. Additionally, Philips Hue can be easily synced to movies, games and music for the ultimate entertainment experience. And while the lighting system makes entertainment even more awesome, it can also be used to help you get a better night’s rest and wake more rested and fully-restored. Philips Hue can wake you up naturally to simulated sunlight, and even put you to bed by simulating the effects of evening light.
The Internet of Things is making our lives easier, and more connected. How will you implement IoT in your everyday life?