Home automation is inevitable. It has been in its simplified, piecemeal phase for decades since we have had clock timers on ovens, but finally some exciting things are beginning to happen in this space. Lately, Google has been absorbing several home automation innovators such as Nest. If you want to go ahead and get your feet wet, this article by PC Mag is a great place to start: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2410889,00.asp
So what are the kinds of things you would want a home to either do on its own or actively assist you in doing it for yourself? Home security is obviously the most important feature that home automation technology can help homeowners with. Today, locks, cameras, alarms, and communications with the authorities can all be automated so they happen swiftly and correctly every time no matter how tense the situation. A person may be oblivious to the break in that occurs while away at work, but the smart home knows and can alert both the home owner and the police or private security firm immediately!
Climate control is another very important and extremely popular function for home automation tech to tackle. Highly regarded thermostat devices like Nest can make keeping hte perfect temperature easy and energy efficient. Owning a device like this will eventually pay you back after the initial investment. These climate controlling home automation tools will learn your temperature preferences over time, adjusting the thermostat automatically to make sure the room is always how you like it. You can even control them from a smart phone app so the home will adjust to any temperature changes you need to make before getting home. Going out of town for a few nights and want to turn the AC unit completely off but forgot to do so before hitting the road? No sweat! You can do that from an app on your smart phone now.
This article at c|net does a great job evaluating the existing home automation products that are available for 2016 as of today’s date. With this info, I think a home automation newbie can get up to speed on the basics and who the industry leaders are.
And below are some of the newer pieces of home automation tech that have me pretty excited. Check them out!
The Canary all-in-one home security system controlled from a smart phone. Watch your security camera feed, receive notifications, and more.
EIGHT is the most advanced sleep tracker ever designed. It is not a wearable, so there is nothing cumbersome about implementing it into your sleep regimen. It even connects to your activity tracker to help you identify what helps you get better sleep! You can even warm the bed up or control the thermostat from the EIGHT app.
SkyBell smart video doorbell lets you andwer your door with your smart phone. Now you can always see who is at the door before you even speak to them; no need to peek through windows or ineffective peepholes. You don’t even have to be home!
Jibo is the friendliest robot in your home. This helpful bot can sense and learn as you use it. Jibo uses its camera and microphone to learn the best ways to interact with you and help make daily tasks much easier.
Oomi the digital assistant any home can use. It takes an active role in making the home more secure, have more responsive lighting to change with your changing needs, stream the shows you love, control the temperature, and more.