When we talk of smart home gadgets, we immediately think of smart lights, smart thermostats, smart sprinklers, and smart kitchen appliances. And yes, while those are great additions to any household – in terms of cutting down on utility bills and saving energy-other smart devices are often overlooked but are just as useful for everyday things.
Smart gadgets are one of the best inventions of our time, featuring technology that makes household chores more convenient while providing home security. Most of all, they’re ideal for saving energy and going green. Every device serves its purpose, some may not necessarily add to the “going green” factor, and some may not offer home security functions. However, all of them provide the most significant advantage, which is a convenience for the user.
Here are some smart devices you probably didn’t know can come in handy around the house.
Video Door Bell
Video camera doorbells aren’t a new invention; we’ve had video intercoms for over a decade now. Probably the best addition to our homes, right? Smart video doorbells take things up by a notch.
Take Google Nest Hello, for example. This Smart Video Doorbell’s video feed is accessible directly from our smartphones, tablets, and even a smart refrigerator if you have one. The video feed is HD quality that includes night vision as well. It sends device alerts whenever anybody is at the door – even if they haven’t rung the doorbell. It can differentiate between an object and a person and includes two-way audio for you to communicate with whoever is at the door easily. There is also 24-hour video streaming with a couple of hours’ worth of backup for you to view if need be.
It’s perfect for security purposes and to answer the door when you’re doing something like cooking or cleaning.
Smart Door Lock
Many of us are guilty of forgetting to lock up the house on our way out – and while some of us turn around to check, many of us pray no one breaks in while we’re gone. And that’s understandable when you’re running late for work in the morning – let’s face it, who has time to go back if there’s a chance of getting fired?
Smart door locks are the best device for people that struggle with such issues. The locks can have a keyless entry that means you can lock and unlock your doors straight from your phones without having to fumble through your pockets or bags for keys – or you could type in a code into the keypad; it depends on the model of the smart door lock.
Smart speakers aren’t something people tend to get for their homes, but it isn’t just a fancy speaker that takes voice commands. It’s much more than that. Smart speakers are voice assistants that serve as virtual assistants for your home. Other than sending text messages, making calls, setting reminders, and carrying out virtual google searches, smart speakers can be synced with other smart products around the house. That means the smart lights, smart thermostat, smart TV, and even smart kitchen appliances are all compatible with smart speakers. And once synced, they can be controlled through voice commands. If not directly, all you have to do is say, “Hey Google, turn on HBO on the TV.”
Smart gadgets can come in pretty handy because most are accessible and controllable straight from the palm of our hands – our phones. And there is another whole category of smart products that people overlook when looking to make changes to their homes – you may find a smart device that can be very useful!