The era of smart homes is closer than we think. We are seeing cool smart devices being introduced in real life which could have come directly from futuristic series like Black Mirror. These devices will very soon become everyday stuff since home automation technology is being developed at rocket speed.
Home automation is exactly what it sounds like: automating the ability to control items around the house—from window shades to pet feeders—with a simple push of a button or a voice command.
These are the top 5 devices that will make our lives easier
I'm sure you have already seen these amazing little robots somewhere and you are pondering if buying one. Isn't it heaven to just program one of these round cute thingys and let it work while you do other more important stuff?
We all want a clean apartment but don't wish to spend hours doing so. Affording a cleaning person to come home every week is not something we all can do so one of these tiny wonders can be a great alternative. You can find now very good machines at affordable prices, like for intance, the Eufy RoboVac 11, but there are many more for all kind of budgets
That solar energy will dominate the energy sector this century is a fact of which we talked about on our previous post. We need now more energy than ever to meet our needs, this demand increases every second with the growth of the world population and due to the nature of our needs (we use more electrically powered devices). This greater energy demand requires a least centred grid system (where a utility company generates all the power to supply to households) to be replaced by a new model of energy generation, interconnected and less centralised. This new model means improved reliability, services, stability and costs.
In order to generate all the energy we need in Europe from the Sun every household should have two solar batteries. Is this achievable? We believe that it is since the costs of materials are dropping rapidly. Smart grid inverters allows you to control your energy consumption and production from your mobile phone as well as to sell energy to the Grid when most convenient. You reduce your energy bills and at the same time you help producing energy to be consumed by others.
Are your heating bills giving you stomachache? Don't just take a pill and consider investing some money in a smart thermostat, which will not only allows you monitor and control your home’s temperature from your smartphone, PC or tablet—but can help reduce your energy bill too. These stylish devices can monitor temperature and humidity inside and outside your home, your comings and goings, and tailor heating and cooling cycles accordingly. You can even check your Energy History in the app to see how much energy you use and why.
One of the best in the market, for what you get at its price is Nest
Imagine to be able to control all lights in your house directly from an app on your smartphone. This app enables you to change the brightness of the bulbs, and if the bulbs have coloured LEDs you can change their colours too. That opens up a whole assortment of possibilities, you might have one light recipe for watching movies, another for dinnertime, and yet another for reading. Switching from one recipe to another is as simple as tapping a smartphone.
One of the best smart lighting systems available is Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience Starter Kit, The lights are reliable, long-lasting and beautifully made. The basic kit includes three bulbs (screw fit, though a kit with bayonet fit bulbs is also available) and a bridge that links the bulbs to your smartphone or other controller.
The three distinctively-styled bulbs can shine in any of 16 million colours, though you’ll probably find the half-dozen you most like quite quickly. Change the colour on the smartphone app. The Hue app is among the best, simple to use and versatile. There’s also a wire-free dimmer switch that adjusts brightness and on/off only.
And for the most futuristic of all of you we have the Home Assistants. These devices can be integrated with all of the other smart devices in your home, allowing you to control them with your voice adressed to a single point. You will have lots of fun giving orders to your home assistant, and control in an instant the temperature of the room, lights, music, TV, etc... You can even use the device as a search engine, whom you can ask loud your question and it will come with answers from the Internet. Questions like "Ok Google, what is a good substitute for cardamom?" And it will answer: "Mix together equal parts cinnamon and nutmeg, and use in place of the cardamom called for in your recipe"
Welcome to the future!