6 Gadgets to Turn Your Home Into a Smart Home for the Future
Smart locks, smart TVs, and smart robot cleaners will help you fulfil the smart home dream.
You’ve heard a lot about smart devices and the Indian government doing its best to develop smart cities in the country by 2020. But for those who can’t wait that long, we’ve got the best options to make your household into a smart home, ready for the future. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Philips Hue Smart Lighting
Philips, with its Hue lighting system, is without doubt the first name in smart home lighting. The premise is simple – you pick up the Hue Starter Kit for Rs 16,995, which gives you three smart bulbs along with the necessary bridge that allows you to control them – and download the companion app on your mobile, and you’re all set.
When you’re ready to expand the system, you can add a bulb for Rs 3,995, or pick up the portable Go light (Rs 8,995), the Bloom ambient light (Rs 6,750) or the Beyond ceiling/table lamps (Rs 38,995).
You also have a cheaper smart bulb option called the Iota Smart bulb. Priced at Rs 1,899, the Iota Smart bulb runs via Bluetooth and pairs with your smartphone (Android & iOS).
The Samsung Family Hub refrigerator is a multi-tasker that organises groceries and home tasks, and even provides entertainment. All communications on the fridge are housed and displayed on a 21.5-inch full HD LCD resolution screen located on the upper right exterior door.
It’s got three high-quality cameras inside the fridge that capture an image every time the door closes. You can then access those images anytime using your smartphone and take a peek inside your fridge. Even if you’re at the store and forget to check on for dinner. If that’s not smart enough for you, then we don’t know what is.
This smart equipment fits right into your kitchen and makes the best of WiFi connectivity to offer you the Internet of Things (IoT) experience. According to the company, you can preheat and adjust oven cooking temperatures from your smart phone and also monitor whether the cooktop has been turned on or off. This unique device will be available in the market later this year.
Smart Robot Cleaners
Finding a house cleaner these days is a herculean task and most of us end up doing our own chores. If you’ve grown up watching Jetsons, you will know how easy life can be with a robot managing the family’s daily work.
India-based Milagrow and iRobot from the US are brands have made robots that can do your household chores. The robots can either be paired with a smartphone or remote-controlled. It starts from Rs 13,000, going up to 70,000 for the advanced iRobot solutions. You can buy the iRobot Roomba 880 in the country for the aforementioned price, however, to buy the high-end Roomba 980 you need to shop from the US market.
You can watch your favourite TV shows, matches and even talk to your close relatives with the help of Smart TVs. These offer built-in WiFi capability which comes in handy for making use of your applications right on the TV screen.
There are smart TVs that run on Android, and thereby you get the power to download and play gaming titles, just like you would on your smartphone. But that’s not all, you can even stream your mobile content to the television with the help of technology like mirror screen that works phone-to-PC and vice versa.
You head out for work, or vacation and the first thing that bothers you the most is the safety of your home. But looks like smart home solutions have got that covered as well. Brands like August, Goji, Kevo and Godrej are some of the names dealing in the business of smart locks. These can either can be monitored remotely with a smartphone, or you can opt for fingerprint code locks.
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