Who is your home assistant? I know many of you have one like I do. I have Google, and between setting timers and asking her to play bluetooth from my phone, I also can use voice activation to control one of my other smart home devices: the temperature on my Nest thermostat. In hot Phoenix summers, Nest helps me save money with intuitive temperature control when I am in and out of the house.
Smart thermostats, home assistant speakers and door locks are popular and well-known products. But what about these other connected devices you may not have known existed?
If the sinking realization that you forgot to turn off the coffee pot crosses your mind while you’re at work, never fear – you can switch it off from your phone! Smart plugs are simple: They plug into the wall, your device plugs into the smart plug, and now you’ve got full access to control it from your phone. TVs, lamps, crockpots—it can all be controlled remotely.
You may have heard of the lightbulbs you can control color and intensity of with your voice, but what about the lightswitch you can talk to? Smart lightswitches are wired into your existing switch configuration and allow you to set nightlight settings, responsive times to turn on and off, and integration with Alexa voice activation, all from your phone.
Robot vacuums just got a lot more intelligent. Top-tier models not connect with your home assistant and will run a scan of your house so you can edit a map of the areas you want it to go. Now vacuuming can be as simple as lifting a finger (literally): If you have an Apple Watch, you can set it up so all you need to do is tap to start the device in your home.
Smart scales do way more than just read back a number – to help users more effectively monitor and track their weight and health, they report proportions of fat, muscle mass and other metrics straight to your phone. If you wear Fitbit, there’s even a special scale that connects with your tracker.
Smart homes are increasing in popularity as people are more willing to invest in homes and devices that save time and money. Let me know what type of home YOU are looking for.