The Internet of Things to come for your home
While the attributes of smart technology are fluid we can categorize them in three ways:
- Home Security and Safety,
- Wireless Connectivity, and
- Cloud Entertainment and Information
Home security and safety
The Internet proved to be a game changer for home security. The old-fashioned system was tied to a landline home phone. The new security systems are digital, connected and controlled by you from any digital device, like a smartphone. Most important, you can see what’s wrong.
The same company can put you in wireless control of temperature and lighting. One of the main players in the smart home space is Samsung. The real-time control of your home includes the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors. Both devices are required by law in the State of Washington. The idea is to make our homes safer and more efficient.
Cloud entertainment and information
The centerpiece of many smart homes is Amazon Echo. You can ask Alexa about what’s on your calendar and if it will rain tomorrow. You can tell her what to put on your shopping list. You can ask her to play your favorite music or lower the temperature and, to find your keys.
How to become smart about the smart home.
Get informed by searching the web. Talk to friends who’ve purchased some smart things. If you are as old as I, ask your children. Millennials are a good source. If you are buying a new home, make certain that the home is reasonably smart. Builders are looking at smart home technology as a money maker. So expect to pay a premium for a newly constructed smart home.
Will you profit when selling your smart home?
As with all home improvements, my advice is to keep first your own interests in mind. Whatever you buy should have a recognizable brand. There is a reason why home sellers who own Bosch dishwashers or Viking ovens mention these upscale brands in their listings. You may not be able to attract the Millennial buyers who expect to purchase only a smart home. It’s better to get ahead of the curve.
Can a robot serve me breakfast in bed?
To find out, read the complete version of this post at SERENE.
For more information on the subject of smart homes see this article by Anita Clark.
© 2016 Gerhard Ade