Making your life convenient and technology drive in twenty-twenty one doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Also, you don’t have to be tech-savvy or an expert on the matter. But with some effort, your house can be like those spaceships you see in Hollywood movies. Or almost. At least you will be able to imitate them, asking a robot to turn down the light does feel like cruising on a voyager from the future.
Of course, one way to do it (which we do not recommend) is to buy all the components you’d like to have separately, be searching and buying each one of them. However, hoping that they would all work together and turn out the way you want, well, may not turn out the way you want. A better approach would be to start with a few select products that are 100% compatible with each other, and are actually going to be used by you quite often.
So What Exactly Is It?
A smart home is a total remake of your house, except you are not breaking down any walls but are actually upgrading what you have right now. It’s a step up from the current world, utilizing the latest tech and various electronics. A few examples are:
- Sensors, such as a smoke alarm (which thank God many people already have), a Water Leak detector , and even motion sensors
- Smart bulbs (ones that will turn on and off automatically, adjust their brightness and light spectrum based on the time of day, and so on)
- Smart hub, which is the center of all activities that will be going on in your house. Usually, with this device, you can control and monitor all the other devices that are connected. And the best thing is, it will stay tuned with your mobile devices of choices, announcing notifications, calls, and giving you the option to use it as a controller.
- Automatic light sensors, which will do what you have always dreamed of. Going to the bathroom in the middle of the night? Instead of looking for the light switch when you wake up, head straight to the bathroom and be assured that it won’t be dark on your trip.
- Kitchen and bathroom utilities, such as automatic faucets that rely on motion sensors, or soap dispensers (such as those that you see in shopping malls). In both of these places, it will reduce the spread of germs, grime, and dirt, because you will never touch anything with your hands again.
- Automatic Towel Dispensers, Devices that will make you coffee when you are in the kitchen at a specific time, Vacuum cleaners, humidifiers, everything you can dream of, controlled by you, scheduled, and turned on and off with a simple click on your phone, or a few hand waves. If you can think of it, there is a device that can do it, or there will be in the next few years. Maybe it will be you who comes up with it?
Why Do It?
Why are people doing it? There are many reasons. Some are driven by economical considerations. In countries like Japan, where electricity and water cost a lot of money (way more than they do in Europe or the US) every intelligent way of using less is applauded. That’s why the Japanese turn to this awesome technology. We recommend you to read an article at gotechjapan.com explaining why Japan is the leading country in smart homes. It shows some statistics on how the nation incorporates its leading tech in their homes.
Another matter is convenience. It’s convenient when you get home, and your personal cave is already heated to your preference (set up by a digital thermostat or a central hub). It’s convenient when the AC turns itself off when you are out to do groceries when the lights turn on and off by themselves, and when you just woke up but the smell of coffee is already there.
Convenience and economy go hand in hand. While you may spend some money on setting up your smart home, in the long run, it will save you a lot of time and money. Should you do it? Absolutely. Start with the basics and see where you should be heading. The financial investment can be very modest at the start, and you can rip the benefits with one of the most budget-friendly and simple devices. So where do you start? Check out a guide by pcmag.com( a popular American tech magazine). It will give a quick rundown, and that’s how I started my journey.