June 9, 2015
For anyone who’s often dreamed of living in luxury and in style, a new day has dawned in the world of high-tech gadgets for the home. Now, homeowners across the country and the world are able to control their domestic surroundings with the touch of a button.
As the infrastructure of the Internet of Things comes to life, more and more home appliances are being rebuilt with Wi-Fi connectivity and other wireless protocols. Here are the top tech ideas that are paving the way for a new standard of living:
Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest Learning Thermostat is your solution to a more energy-efficient and economical household, and its ability to learn your schedule is first rate. It will adapt your environment to suit the way you live, and its developers insist the smart device can be installed inside of 30 minutes.
More importantly, the company claims the thermostat can save the average homeowner up to 20 percent on utility bills.
MyQ Garage Door Openers
The MyQ Garage door opener from Chamberlain allows you to open your garage door from anywhere via the free app. It’s compatible with all garage door openers made by major manufacturers, provided they use bottom-mounted safety reversing sensors.
The device comes complete with a Wi-Fi Hub, door sensor, mounting bracket and power cord, and the company plans to introduce geofencing capabilities so that it can sense when you’re pulling into your driveway and open automatically.
Smarter Wi-Fi Coffee Machine
Smarter – the company behind the iKettle – recently introduced its new Wi-Fi Coffee Machines for 149.99 EUR or the equivalent of $230 USD, a reasonable price considering it'll fix your morning coffee and have it ready for when you wake up.
The coffee machine is controllable from various mobile devices such as your tablet and/or smartphone and can adjust the strength to suit your tastes. As a good-natured product that won’t charge you $5 per cup and won’t get your name wrong, it’s one of the best on the market.
August Smart Lock
The August Smart Lock is a high-tech security lock that provides intelligent access to your home. Those without the keys or codes will be unable to enter and all of this can be controlled directly from your smartphone. Best of all, they come in a variety of colors to match your front door.
Winbot Robot Window Cleaner
By now you’ve probably seen the Roomba and asked yourself how you ever lived without it. Now, there’s a robotic device to clean your windows – without the need for a magnetic support on the other side.
The Winbot Robot Window Cleaner from Ecovacs is designed to work in three stages – spray, squeegee and wipe – and has the ability to calculate the size of the glass. All you have to do is fill the device with cleaning solution, attach it to the window, hit the power button and take the rest of the morning off.
Oras Eterna Smart Shower
Finally, there is the Oras Eterna Smart Shower, designed for water conservation and efficiency. It’ll let you know if you’ve exceeded the recommended two-minute shower, and a simple touch is all it takes to control the temperature of the water, ensuring a totally relaxing experience.
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