A Kitchen Helper for Hands-Free Tasks
It's old news that voice control can play your favorite songs on request, but did you know it can convert recipe measurements or text your kids that dinner is ready while you plate up? Virtual assistants know almost everything the internet knows, and can help deliver useful information when your hands are full.
Pop in on Pets
Smart indoor cameras and sound sensors may help you detect a would-be intruder, but they also have a more fun use: checking in on pets and kids. Video streaming lets you watch and listen in real time from your smartphone, so you can see Fido counter-surfing or your kids doing homework.
Save Energy With Less Effort
If you despise waking up to a cold house but hate wasting energy, a smart thermostat can offer a solution. Self-learning models monitor your temperature adjustments and your schedule, including when you leave for work or go to bed, so you can conserve energy with minimal effort.
Let in House Guests
Automated door locks and garage door openers can give you control over a locked-up home even from far away. You can use the technology to let in the kids after they get out of school or guests who arrive early while you're still at work.