It seems like everything can be connected to the internet nowadays. If you have the resources you can have a smart fridge, smart plant pots and smart pretty much everything. But with all these smart devices you may wonder which are actually useful and which are more of a gimmick.
Today we are looking at the top items that will make your home better, and won’t just be a one-time things or a toy. But keep in mind that it is easier to make your home smarter before you move into it. So when you fill up your plastic packing boxes in preparation for your next move, perhaps consider smartifying your new place right there and then. Now let’s get going!
The Unessential First
Let’s start with what things you definitely DO NOT need for your smart home. There are certain smart gadgets that people buy, but rarely have uses for them. One such example is the overly fancy smart cleaning robots. Most of them do an OK job, but honestly, you will probably have to clean after them anyway. So buying one is not really that useful.
Additionally, there are ton of smart-ish devices, that are not yet functional enough. Smart forks, plates and the like claim to analyze your food, but they do a poor job of it. Smart garbage cans supposedly see what you are throwing out, so they can update your grocery list. Yeah, don’t count on that all that much.
Remember that sometimes these so-called smart gadgets are not really all that smart. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
We have to start the list off with something that is quite common now – smart assistants. Things like Amazon Echo and Google Home can indeed be very useful. They tie well together with other smart devices to and can act as the controllers for those.
With voice activated assistants you can easily control the lighting, the TV, you can make lists and set alarms, you can even lock your door. Of course, for the last one you will need a smart lock, but that is another essential as well, so you might as well get it.
Smart doorbells are also a nice thing, together with some monitoring systems. However, I would be a bit concerned about how much of this monitoring I would want to connect to the internet. Remember – if you can get to it, potentially other people can too. But we all have to make trade-offs, right?
If you want to get a bit fancy, you can also make your kitchen smarter. Smart fridges are a thing, and they are quite useful, but so are smart microwaves and slow cookers. Being able to control them on the go is great! Not to mention the fact that your smart fridge can actually keep track of things you are running out of and remind you to buy some.
So what do you think, are you ready for a smart home? Or do you prefer for some more seamless solutions to pop up?