What if all the devices in your life could connect to the internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, door bells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, cooking utensils, you name it. And what if those devices could all communicate, send you information, and take your commands? It's not science fiction; it's the Internet of Things (IoT), and it's a key component of home automation and smart homes.
Home automation is exactly what it sounds like: automating the ability to control items around the house—from window shades to pet feeders—with a simple push of a button (or a voice command). Some activities, like setting up a lamp to turn on and off at your whim, are simple and relatively inexpensive.
Technology is rapidly developing, with devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home assistant showing the potential for a fully-integrated smart home. Smart devices offer convenience and safety, and can even help you save money on your energy bills. Plus, smartphone apps make it ultrasimple to control your devices at home from wherever you are. Whether you want to create a warm house or turn on security lights before you arrive or grant access to your home from your phone.
Mobile software available for Apple and Android devices.
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