We all watched futuristic cartoons as kids and dreamed about what life would be like in the future. We may not have flying cars, but 2015 has brought a number of smart home systems that show us the future is here. Programmable gadgets now exist to make our lives easier, safer, more efficient, and less expensive.
NuBryte Advanced Lighting and Safety Console
The NuBryte Advanced Lighting and Safety Console provides you with an all-in-one smart home system. Attach the NuBryte consoles to your light switches and NuBryte learns your lighting preferences, automatically adjusting the lights for you.
In addition to lighting, NuBryte can provide weather updates and features a built-in family calendar. NuBryte even acts as a security system. If an intruder attempts to enter your home, NuBryte sends a live video feed to your cell phone so you can decide what to do next. The devices throughout your home can also be used as an intercom system that enables you to easily communicate with other family members.
The Nest Thermostat isn’t just another programmable thermostat. Within a week, it learns your schedule and automatically adjusts the temperature based on your preferences. You won’t have to remember to turn it up in the morning or down in the evening (or vice versa).
You can also control Nest through your smartphone, so if you know you’ll get home early, adjust the temperature before you arrive. One of the greatest benefits of Nest is that it is compatible with so many other smart home gadgets. If you turn off your smart lights or lock your smart door to leave the house, Nest will be notified so that it can change the temperature, which saves you money.
Ecovent Smart Vents
If you’re like most homeowners, you have temperature differences in rooms of your house of 15 degrees or more. Ecovent allows you to set the temperature individually for each room in your house. You just need to plug in an Ecovent sensor into an outlet in each room and replace your standard vents with Ecovent’s vents. The money that you save on energy bills will pay for the system within three years.
The Lockitron Bolt system allows you to lock and unlock your door via your smartphone. You can check the status of your door on your smartphone and lock or unlock it, even if you’re miles away. Share access among family members so Lockitron will notify you when your door has been locked or unlocked by someone else.
Probably the best feature about Lockitron is that it can detect when your phone is within a certain distance of the door and automatically unlock the door for you. You no longer have to juggle items in your arms to find your keys; Lockitron leaves your hands free for more important things.
If you’re a pet lover, the Petcube may be just what you need for your smart home. This device includes a camera that connects to your home’s Wi-Fi system and allows you to check on your pet at any time, from anywhere. If you’re worried that Mittens is lonely, you can even use the smartphone app to play with her via the built-in laser pointer. It may be a little over the top, but who hasn’t gone a little overboard for their furry friends?
If you’d rather do just about anything other than mow your lawn, the Honda Miimo is your perfect smart home toy. This robotic lawnmower is designed to independently mow your lawn. It cuts grass so finely that no grass clippings are left behind. Its 360-degree sensors ensure that it’s safe around animals and children. The Honda Miimo even recharges itself.
Using Smartphone Apps for Smart Homes
You can control all of the above smart products (except the Honda Miimo) with your smartphone. Today’s smartphones have so many features and capabilities, you can increase the power of your device with the ability to control your smart home. Couple that with a reliable network and you are able to monitor the security of your home no matter where you are.
Smart home systems not only help to simplify your life, but they can add a coolness factor to your home that sets it apart from everyone else’s.