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Smart Home Innovations To Consider For 2018

You may confidentially believe the future is here if you’ve ever walked into a smart home. This is because technology has become so advanced that most of your daily functions can be carried out by simply using apps, voice commands or a remote control. Many years ago, these functions would have been thought impossible, however, today they are a reality thanks to technology. You may be considering turning your home into one that functions using the many smart technologies available. On the other hand, you may have already done so and may be looking for new technology to add. Whatever the case, smart home innovations are continuously evolving so there are several technologies that you can choose from.

Here are a few interesting ones that you could take into consideration.

Voice Assistant.

You’ve probably heard of the likes of virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa. Voice assistants such as these are continuing to develop and can also be extended to home management presently. They can be used to carry out several functions in your home that you simply don’t feel like doing or don’t have the time to. More specifically, this form of smart home automation can help automate tasks such as turning on the light, flushing the toilet or regulating your heating. Some recent developments in terms of voice assistants even include the ability to warm your toilet seat, regulate the temperature of your shower, and play music from anywhere in the bathroom by sending a voice command to Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri. Seeing as using virtual assistants is a trend that is expected to continue throughout 2018, and with Apple having just released their own, it may be one that you should consider using in your home.

Full Suite Security.

Home security is a device that has been around for a while. There are several available such as motion sensors, security cameras, video doorbells, and smart locks to mention a few. However, new smart home technology has made it possible to sync all the different home security devices so that you don’t have to manage several devices or apps at once. One feature of this full-suite security includes smart video doorbells which make greeting guests easier and chasing unwanted visitors away possible. Other features include indoor and outdoor security cameras with the option of floodlights, motion sensors, smoke and water leak detectors, and wireless standing smart cameras that can be used to holistically keep an eye on your home with one simple app.

Smart Light Switch.

Thanks to the invention of smart light switches, there is no longer a need to physically turn the light on or off. One of the primary functions of smart homes is convenience, and a smart light switch is one of many ways to provide this. Recently, iDevices have come up with an Instinct smart switch which has Amazon Alexa built in, making it a smart assistant as well as a connected switch. As well as controlling the light, this device can also play music as it does everything an echo can do.

These smart home innovations can be great ways to make your home more comfortable. They can also create greater security and save you money for those that are energy efficient. On that note, next you’re doing home renovations, consider using smart home innovations.


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