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- 18 January, 2021
- Tips and Advice
We have all enjoyed the fireworks, countdowns, and some used this holiday season to observe religious traditions and crossover services….
Whether you’re home “just lazing around”; or having to work remotely; or finding it difficult to adjust to your e-learning environment; or at the front-line helping battle the COVID-19 outbreak, there must be a smart device helping you out with one activity or the other.
We all love the easy way out for any chore or activity we “have” to do. You will be surprised at the number of people you will get in a poll who would love the idea of doing nothing physically, but get the results of having exercised. In my mind, I think that’s why slimming teas are so popular. Anyway, despite this hurdle for some, we are lucky living in an era where technological innovations are as numerous as they are ready to step-in to make our lives easier in our homes whenever we want them.
Here are some of the best smart home devices you can get to scale-up the convenience and efficiency between you and your home:
Imagine seamless and easy cleaning. Who would have thought with just a click of a button you could just sit, relax, and let a machine do the trick, without essentially controlling it. There are different approaches to how these robot vacuums clean; some are designed to take a mapped-out approach while some come-off like they’re just moving about in the room but are actually outlining the room with in-built technological sensors. Others come with remote controls which enable exact direction of cleaning and those that don’t, come with mobile applications that serve as remote controls.
Whatever the reason may be, whether you’re not as active as you were before or loathe the idea of cleaning, robot vacuum cleaners are a rather easier and fun way to get a relatively tiring and uninteresting chore out of the way but with efficiency.
I remember, as kids, we were fascinated by conventional doorbells as many were fascinated with virtual assistants like cortana, Google assistant, and Siri, when they were first introduced. We used to ring doorbells of strangers and run away just to witness the response to it. Lo and behold, the little kids’ fascination was developed into something smarter.
A smart doorbell doesn’t just call the attention of the owner; with the smart doorbell you get to see who’s “knocking” and decide whether to let them in or not. Some even offer motion detection and facial recognition for robust security.
With your smartphone, you can simply unlock or lock your door by simply clicking a button or speaking to your phone. Interesting huh? The best smart door lock doesn’t just make your home very secure but also makes your access very convenient.
Imagine being quarantined during this period and you are expecting a delivery or a guest coming over (maybe bringing you food). Without any physical contact, you can remotely unlock your door and easily lock it right after drop-off is made. It’s that easy! For easy and seamless control, some of the best smart door locks even connect to some of the best virtual assistants like Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri.
Home security cameras are very important for protecting your home against burglars or thieves. Remember when the only way you could convince people of home intruders’ presence in your home was mainly through shouting for help while they were still present? Or wondering how your nanny is treating your children at home while you’re at work and never having any concrete proof of wrongdoing if your children complained of it? Those days are long gone.
With a few surveillance cameras in your home at the right spots, you are assured of visibility in and around your home, which goes a long way to bump your home security up. Some of the best surveillance cameras provide features including remote pan and tilt, two-way audio, motion tracking, and a system that lets you store past footage to maximise your camera’s usage. You can also access some of the footage remotely from your phone depending on the kind of surveillance system you choose to install.
The best thing you could do after getting a number of these smart devices installed in your home is to get a smart home hub. This enables communication between all the installed smart devices; enabling efficiency, ease of use and keeping your smart ecosystem in order.
The best of them can create interaction among your smart devices without you doing anything. For example, some smart home hubs can switch on your lights, turn on your smart stereo to your favourite station, or even open your garage, once it senses your smartphone. Pretty cool, right? This would provide your created “smart home” the much needed convenient ambiance it needs.
If or when you decide to scale up your home with any smart device, make sure to get the best bargain that will save you both time and money amongst the many options to pick from. Take that decision and I bet you are likely to see an increase in ease and efficiency in your daily home activities.