If you are someone who loves to have all the latest tech in your home, there has never been a better time to be alive, as developing technology has never been more affordable or come to market as fast. The only downside? New and improved products are coming out all the time, so your new tech can become old and dated in a hurry. We might not yet travel around using personal jetpacks, but the promises of ’50s science fiction have come true in many ways, like how we talk into watches like Dick Tracy did back in the day.
Control Your Environment
Home maintenance systems have now advanced beyond the point where you can activate the lights with your voice when you come in, or operate them from far away via your phone – even if you’re vacationing on another continent. You can also program devices to do this for you, to open and close the curtains so that your home looks busy even when you’re not there, putting off burglars. With modern sensor technology, heaters, fans, AC, humidifiers and dehumidifiers can be connected up so that your home is kept in perfect condition at all times, which not only makes it more comfortable but also keeps it in better structural condition, reducing the risk of mold or rot developing. If you use LED light bulbs, you can have them adjust automatically throughout the day to give you bright, energizing light in the morning and soft, soothing light in the evenings when you need to relax before bed.
Say technology and everybody thinks of big-screen televisions. And while it’s true that screen technology is getting better and better and significantly dropping in price compared to other household items, indulging in a screen like this (and the sound bar to do it justice) is usually followed by paying large bills every month for cable or satellite channels. That’s not necessary anymore though, as there is an easy-to-install antenna offered by TiltTV – so you can watch live TV for free. It’s a one-off investment that could save you a lot of money going forward, even as other technologies change. What’s more, you can use Wi-Fi to stream your free live TV throughout your home, so you can watch that favorite cooking show directly in your kitchen or take the big game out into the yard. These days, it’s even possible to purchase baths with built-in TV screens – and whirlpool systems, of course, for the ultimate in luxury.
As well as introducing systems to make your home look occupied when you’re away, you can also make it safer by adding video surveillance. It’s now possible to purchase cameras that are very hard to spot at impressively low prices and easily store large amounts of footage so that you can check back if something goes missing – even when it’s something you’ve misplaced yourself! You can also get door-entry systems that send video images of the person at the door to your phone and allow you to speak with them – ideal if you want to be certain who they are or if you want to advise a delivery driver on a safe place to stow a package. If you decide to install remotely operated locks, you can let in a friend who has arrived early before getting home yourself.
Get Smart In The Kitchen
Kitchen displays are a really big thing this year, with splash-proof ones that you can have on a countertop when you want recipes on hand, and ovens with built-in displays that offer recipe guidelines as well as advice on cooking times. There are even ovens that you can talk to via Google Assistant or Alexa, meaning that if you prepare a meal in the morning and put it in place, you can phone home and have it cook for you during your commute back from work. Alongside these great gadgets are new forms of packaging that keep track of the age of the foods stored in them, and a scale that calculates calories, sugar content and other important information about your food.
Robots have increasingly been finding their way into our homes, whether they’re vacuuming floors, mowing lawns, or cleaning pools. Heck, they even monitor and entertain our children. Buying a new robot for every task, however, can become a nuisance – and where will you keep them all? The new generation of robots is multifunctional. They’re still in development right now, but before long, they’ll be in our homes. They’re highly mobile and very adaptable – able to perform many different cleaning tasks, prepare our food, or assist the elderly and disabled.
Technology just keeps on getting more exciting.