Smart condos are coming down the pipeline. How can you transform your personal space before your neighbors do?
We’re living in the future.
In the early 1960s, The Jetsons lived in a state-of-the-art home – what we would now call smart condos. This high-tech family could control their entire living environment with voice commands, and they even had a robot-maid that took care of anything that came up in running the household.
We may not have flying cars just yet, but we do live in a world where your condo can be as smart as you want it to be. All you have to do is take it to the next level.
These seven cool apps make smart condos an easy choice, and an easy way to bring your home into the 21st century.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to fumble for your keys while both hands are full of groceries? August Smart Lock can unlock the door for you. Your smartphone acts as a key fob, so when you are in range, your door will automatically unlock. You can also arrange to loan your “key” for a specified amount of time, so no worries when your dog sitter loses her actual copy your condo key. You have to admit, this makes for some pretty smart condo living.
Smart Things offers full packages or individual products that can transform your space from an outdated condo to one of these new smart condos. Smart Things gives you a lot of freedom and flexibility in choosing what products suits you best. You can control your lights, appliances, and even your locks from anywhere. Are you going on vacation and realize you forgot to turn off all the lights in your condo? Simple – just use the app to turn them off. No need to contact anyone to do it for you.
Wally is a complete home-monitoring system for mold, water, and temperature. Let’s face it – life happens. But wouldn’t you like to know about the water leak from your upstairs neighbor before 5:00pm on Friday afternoon (if it’s been leaking since 8:00am)? Wally can keep tabs on that for you, and should there be a leak, you can be notified right away, keeping the minor problem from becoming a huge disaster.
With a tagline like “It’s not just smart. It’s brilliant,” you can probably expect some really cool stuff from Control 4. And guess what? The company delivers. Control 4 is more like a brain designed for smart condos that coordinates your home security and electronics around your life. Not your neighbors or your mothers, yours. You can dim the lights and at the same time turn on your favorite movie, all with the touch of a button. Heading out? One touch will lock your doors, set your alarm, and turn the lights off.
So, you’re ready for some smarts in your condo living, but you aren’t sure you’re ready to give up too much control? No problem. Start simply with the Nest thermostat. Nest programs itself to learn your schedule, and lower the temperature in your home while you are out, saving you money. How smart is that? You don’t even have to teach it how to act. It monitors your cycles to keep you warm – or cool – all on it’s own.
Most systems for smart condos are controlled through a smartphone. Not Oomi. This is a brand new smart condo system that does away with the smartphone. Gizmag says Oomi “is promising to redefine the smart home.” Oomi boasts an expansive set of security features, including night vision, a vibration sensor, and noise sensor. It can also control your thermostat, keep tabs on the humidity in your condo, and set your lighting. Besides sending out birthday and holiday cards on your behalf, what more could you ask for?
You’ve been waiting for this for a long time. It’s like a Fitbit for your bed. The sleep IQ bed is filled with sensors that track your heart rate, breathing, and movement. This smart bed promises to help you track your sleep, so you can make the adjustments necessary to get the best sleep possible.
We’re big fans of smart condos, but what is the one thing that makes this all work? Well, it’s actually communication. Contact us for a demonstration, and we’ll show you how we can facilitate communication throughout your condo association, from owners to property managers.
Do you have a smart condo? What would you add to this list of smart condo apps? Let us know in the comments.