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Start Taking Small Steps To Make Your Home Smarter
Monday 16 April 2018, 9:04PM
By phillip quay

Turning your House Into a Smart Home

The idea of a smart home in its truest sense is becoming more of a reality as an increasing number of devices and appliances get connected, and many of us are already enjoying some of the advantages of the Internet of Things, or IoT. Making sure your house is moving with the times is easier than you think!

Think of it as a brain controlling the body, with the latter being the various rooms in your home.

What is a Smart Home?

Essentially, it is a home that has integrated automation systems that provide you with additional features thanks to the IoT. By turning your house into a smart one, you can control your appliances, adjust the lighting, set the temperature, engage with multimedia systems, enforce security, open or close windows and doors, and more, all from the device in the palm of your hand. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection that is stable and can be accessed with ease.

Smart Locks Ease the Hunt for Keys

You’ve just got home from a long day at work, and step up to the door laden with groceries, snacks, and something to sip on as you enjoy a quiet evening in. Thank goodness you don’t have to search for your house keys! All you need to do is place your finger on the biometric operated lock, and your front door will swing right open. There are also apps available that will allow you to do this directly from your smartphone instead, and you can activate and deactivate a burglar alarm from anywhere too.

A Smart Refrigerator Lets You Know

You got groceries in the first place because your smart refrigerator let you know you were running low on the essentials, so you won’t have to deal with running out of milk and having to endure black coffee before you go to work in the morning. Touchscreens and cameras inside these appliances scan your food, allowing for both the quantity and expiration dates of food and drink to be recorded for your convenience.

Less Hassle to Find Entertainment

What do you feel like doing on your night off? Feel like listening to some of the new music you’ve got stored in a cloud, or streaming a television show you’ve been looking forward to? No problem. Your Virtual Assistant can instantly find what you’re looking for and allow you to enjoy it without having to hassle with switching things on and off, plugging things in or out, or hunting up the site to stream your entertainment from. The IoT has transformed your home into an extension of your mind, and can respond intuitively to meet your needs.

Answering the Door Without Getting Up

Has someone popped in to say hello? Or maybe it’s the food delivery your Virtual Assistant helped you order arriving. You don’t need to get up to let anyone in if you don’t want to. A simple app will let you view who’s in front of your house, and you can talk to them and decide what to do next without having to stop what you’re doing unless you want to.

As you can see, the Iot is no longer in the realm of science fiction, and it’s pretty easy to rig your house up, even room-by-room, to start enjoy its benefits.

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