If the products at CES 2016 are any indication, 2016 looks to be the year smart homes become mainstream. Smart home devices have increasingly taken centre stage at the event, which attracted 3,600 exhibitors and over 150,000 attendees on a global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.
This year was no different as we saw the largest display of smart home technology ever. With so many gadgets to choose from, we picked out the ones most likely to make their way into condos in 2016 and turn your condo into a “smart condo.”
I know what you’re thinking: the Jetsons already showed us what the future looked like. Though the market is full of systems and appliances that work without human input, we are still a ways away from a futuristc utopia. Smart home gadgets do not necessarily make living easier in condos. That’s especially true for condos because of their unique living arrangements. Here is something to consider before you start tearing our wires and unscrewing your lightbulbs; connectivity should only be considered if it is going to make your life easier.
While you are waiting for the Jetson’s trusty robot, Rosie to arrive, here are some gadgets that will surely make living easier and more convenient in your condo.
The Amazon Echo is labelled a music player, but what makes this product intriguing is that it is primarily controlled by Amazon’s Alexa voice command platform. Through voice commands, the device is able to link to and control other devices such as Philips’ Hue light bulbs. That means you can turn your lights on and off with your voice. The possibilities in the future are endless with this platform – think turning on your TV, vacuuming, making coffee all with your voice.
Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator
This may be the most complete kitchen appliance ever. With a 21.5 full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen and stereo speakers, the Family Hub Refrigerator aims to be just that: a family hub. It allows you to see recipes on the monitor, see inside of the fridge (via interior camera) without opening it, and order grocery straight from the fridge to have food or milk delivered to your door among other things.
Tado automatically turns on your heating when you’re headed home. Not only that, it turns on the lights, disables the alarm system and can call the elevator as you arrive. The point is, it’s meant to have ‘everything’ ready for you when you’re heading home. What’s even cooler is that allows you to automatically save energy and have your home ready for your return using your smartphone’s location. Yes, that means it knows when you’ve left the house or when you’re on your way back based on the your phone’s location.
LG Hom-Bot Turbo+
A device that cleans your condo – we’ve seen that before. What’s different about the LG Hom-Bot Turbo+ is that it has a mounted camera that sends live video while it works (i.e., cleaning) to a smartphone or tablet. That means, it can double as a security camera, with an option to send you pictures whenever it detects movement. Not only that, you can order the device to clean certain areas of the floor via your smartphone.
Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak Detector
Although not as sexy as some other smart devices, Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Water Leak Detector does exactly what its name says – when it detects water, it communicates this imformation, which in turn lets you know via smartphone so that you can take action. The sensor measures temperature and humidity as well. This moisture detecting device is used as preventative measure that helps you avoid expensive damage to your condo.
Keen Home Smart Filters
Ever play the guessing game when it comes to replacing your filters? No more guessing! Keen Home Smart Filters mounts onto vents to monitor air quality and to keep you informed about when you they need to be replaced. You can also pay $3/month for a filter subscription, which sends you replacements whenever you need them.
Love them or hate them home automation is here to stay, we’re predicting better connectivity and communication across devices in the future. For now, we’ve filled our homes with a few of our favourites. Connecting your home is one piece of the puzzle, the next piece is connecting to your condo community. Be sure to build the whole puzzle and not just the edges. Connect more than just your lights, learn more about how Evercondo connects you to your condo.
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