A few decades ago, the concept of a smart home seemed like nothing more than a futuristic fantasy. Today though, smart homes are a reality, and more and more home-dwellers are transforming their houses and apartments with all the advanced technology available on the market. The benefits of smart home technology are not just in its novelty: automated lights, motorized blinds, smart cleaning devices and more innovations take care of the vital (often tedious) tasks needed to run a home. In turn, those who live in a smart home have less to worry about and more time to enjoy life.
It seems as if almost every aspect of a home can now be automated or enhanced with smart technology. Advancements made in machine learning and AI have made it easy for tech companies to make reliable robots and smart gadgets at affordable prices. And consumers are reaping the rewards: imagine how much you could accomplish if you never had to vacuum again! Here are some of the ways smart home innovations are advancing modern homes, automating chores away, and transforming what it means to be a homeowner.
If you’ve ever come home after an exhausting day and crashed into bed—only to remember you left the kitchen lights on downstairs—you’ll immediately understand the value of smart light bulbs. Smart bulbs can be controlled from your phone and sometimes your voice, meaning that in our example, you wouldn’t have to leave the bed to turn off those far away lights. Smart bulbs have other benefits as well. You can schedule smart bulbs to go on and off automatically at certain times of day to simplify your routine and help you wake up in the morning. Many smart bulbs come with varying light colors, too, with cool blue light that energizes you in the AM and warm light that helps you wind down in the PM. So how do you operate the motor in your window treatments from across the room or across the world? It might be through a radio wave connection from a hand-held or wall-mounted remote device, so operating shades or blinds is as easy as changing TV channels. You can also control motorized window treatments through a data connection. This is a more flexible option that enables you to move your blinds and shades with a smartphone, iPad, or one of the many home automation systems currently available—anything that uses Internet technology, and from virtually anywhere in the world - so long as you have access to a data connection such as a cellular network or Wi-Fi.
When you want to let some sun in or keep it out, you’ve got to go to each window and open or close the blinds, shades, or drapes individually. With motorized blinds or shades, this time-consuming process becomes as easy as pressing a button—literally. With small, quiet motors installed into the window treatment, they can be hooked up so that you can open and close your blinds quickly and seamlessly with a remote, phone, or wall switch. They can also be incorporated into a home automation system so that you can schedule them to open and close at various times of day, and even control them with your voice.
Robot vacuums rose in popularity thanks to viral videos of cats riding them around the house. But these smart tools provide a lot more than just entertainment. In any home, dust and hair accumulate on the floor quickly, and keeping floors clean is a laborious task. Robot vacuums eliminate the hassle and ensure you never have to spend hours removing dirt from the nooks and crannies of your home. Instead, they venture around your home by themselves doing the dirty work. They’re short enough to get under most cabinets and bed, which are the hardest places to vacuum manually. And they’re intelligent, meaning over time they learn the layout of your home to become more efficient at cleaning.
Long gone are the days where you’d have to manage an elaborate media system just to play your favorite album, connecting various wires and speakers to get it all to work. With voice-activated speakers like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, playing music is easier than ever. You can simply say “Okay Google, play Stairway to Heaven” and your music will play immediately from a high-quality speaker. And when you’re not sure what you want to hear, saying “Play music” will make your smart speakers play songs they think you’ll like.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to be with your dog or cat all day, every day? Unfortunately, with jobs and travel, that’s not a possibility for most. Automated pet feeders help ease the separation pain by letting pet guardians feed their animals remotely throughout the day, controlling the frequency and portion size. Many of them also come equipped with cameras and two-way audio, so you can check in on your pets to see that they’re safe and even tell your dog from your desk at work that he is such a good boy.
These are some of the most exciting and innovative ways smart technology is revolutionizing modern homes. If you want to learn more, or get started with motorized blinds, schedule a free consultation with one of our motorization experts today..