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5 Gadgets That Will Make Your Home Smarter
By Freshome.com - Interior Design & Architecture Magazine on Feb 20, 2013
There are so many neat little gizmos and gadgets emerging in the home automation market these days. Technology is moving at a breakneck speed, and each year that passes unveils lots of interesting toys. It won’t be long before things like turning the faucet on and off, adjusting water temperature manually, turning the lights on or off—or even worrying about whether or not you have enough milk in the refrigerator—become a thing of the past. In the future, all of these processes, and more, are going to be automated. Let’s take a sneak peek at some of the new home automation gadgets that are on the market.
With a name like Lockitron it must be cool, right? Of course it takes more than a cool name to make one of these gadgets worth purchasing, but this one looks very worth it. You place the Lockitron over your existing deadbolt, and it connects to your phone. So you can use your phone to lock or unlock the door from anywhere, and you can share the ability to operate the door with friends. Best of all, it fits on the inside of the door, so you don’t need to worry about somebody messing with it. Anytime the door opens, you get a message sent to your phone. Plus this device has Bluetooth; you can simply walk up to the door, and it automatically unlocks.
Phillips has begun selling a three-pack of LED bulbs, plus a controller, exclusively through Apple stores. This LED bulb starter pack allows you to control your lighting remotely using a smartphone. I guess you could say that lighting the room has never been so much fun. These bulbs come with an app and a Wi-Fi receiver, allowing full control of on/off, brightness, and color. It looks like the possibilities don’t end there. Late for work? Program the lights to turn red at specific times to warn you of impending doom. There are more features worth checking out that make this automated lighting solution worthy of our attention.
The makers of the iPod have created another beautifully designed and functional gift. It’s called Nest, the prototype thermostat of the future. Nest is like a little artificially intelligent robot that learns your living habits in about one week. This little thing is so smart that it can actually feel your presence and know you’re awake. The program is designed in such a way that, after answering a few set-up questions and tweaking, it will perform more or less on its own. As with all of these gadgets, you’ll get Wi-Fi-enabled device connectivity, and remote controllability, but you won’t need those things, because Nest will do all that thermostat stuff for you.
Gadgets that connect other gadgets together, like a Border Collie herding aimless sheep, are always worth a closer look. Ninja Blocks is one of those Border Collies. These are basically small, handheld, and aptly named computers that sense their surroundings and talk to your apps. This company allows you to connect all of your home “things” to the web. Everything you connect to the device talks to your smartphone if you want it to. A knock at the door? Get an instant notification via Twitter or Facebook to your phone. Motion detected in your garage? Instant notification to your phone. Build a home security system on your own with these tools. This company has a true DIY spirit, and you don’t need to be a “geek” to make this work.
Beautiful design coupled with tech features can even make toilets hot items. The Kohler Numi Toilet is being touted as the world’s most advanced toilet. While that may or may not be true, anyone who has ever been to Japan knows that they have been innovating toilet technology for the past few decades and have perfected it to an art form. That said, obtaining a Japanese toilet in North America can be next to impossible. Anyway, back to the Numi Toilet. This modern-looking toilet is extremely water-efficient and highly functional. Some of the highlights from the features list include a motion activated lid, deodorizer, heated seats, foot warmers, and of course music control. Did I mention it's self-cleaning? That feature alone might make it worth the purchase, and with all the features built into this high-tech toilet, I think that even the Japanese will take home a few lessons.blog comments powered by Disqus