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.
See in the Dark
Smart surveillance systems feature video streaming to help you identify a bump in the night using your smartphone. The latest outdoor cameras rely on infrared technology to reveal a clear picture even in the dark, so you can see who's pulling into the drive.
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.
Smart light bulbs can help you save energy by making it easy to turn off lights from your tablet or smartphone. Some bulbs go the extra mile in setting the mood with features for automated dimming or even color changing for disco lighting or dinner party ambiance.
Transform Antique Fixtures Into Smart Lighting
A smart switch can turn any plug-in appliance into a smart device, from a vintage desk lamp to your coffee maker. For hard-wired fixtures such as chandeliers, consider looking at smart switches, which replace your old electrical switch for streamlined automation
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.
Track Your Water Usage
Consider Upgrading to smart technology to track water usage over time for better comparison. Devices like smart sprinklers can automatically measure how much water you consume, giving you an accurate record of your usage during each season, and how much you've saved since last year.
Robotic vacuum cleaners continue to improve with smarter path finding and deeper cleaning capabilities, but auto-scheduling remains a convenient feature, allowing you to program the bot for hours when you aren't home, to help you to never trip over the vacuum again.