Advances in home automation technologies continue to make our lives easier, and our homes smarter. Let's take a look at some of the best home tech out there right now, room by room:
Smart lock: No need to carefully balance your bag, the mail you just picked up, and the groceries you just stopped for, while you try to find your keys; just ask Siri® to unlock your August Smart Lock and come on in. Give guest access to your friends when throwing a party, and never mind running to the door again.
Smart doorbell:Ring does so much more than ringing; with its built-in HD camera you can always see who's at the door without even being at home, right from your smartphone! It's OK if you're not there to receive that package, you can ask the mailman to leave it by the door through the integrated intercom. Ring's motion sensor will notify you if there's any activity outside too, keeping your home safe.
Window treatments: A variety of shades and blinds from Somfy are accurately controlled with a touch of a button, or a tap on your smart device. Open some shades or all at once. Selection includes Roman blinds, horizontal blinds, pleated/cellular shades, roller shades, and more.
Mood lighting: From Philips comes wifi lighting that you can control, for the ideal level of luminance, right from your smartphone! Some versions include motion sensors.
Food thermometer: Now you can digitally monitor the temperature of foods with the iGrill Mini from Weber. Uses bluetooth technology to connect to your device, and it notifies you when your meal has reached the perfect temperature! Includes a meat probe, a probe wrap, a colored probe indicator and a battery. Lots of other cool features, too.
Smarter coffee: Wake up to the smell of coffee! The Smarter Coffee will not only have your coffee ready when you wake up, it will make sure it's just the way you like it. Customize how much the beans are ground, and the strength of your drink. Brew a cup, or a dozen for your team meeting, right from your smartphone. Smart crock-pot: With this slow cooker from WeMo, you can control meals from wherever you are. It’s a quality-made cooker with smart technology that allows you to adjust your cook times to your schedule.
Shower speaker: Why take a shower in silence? With Aquatunes, you can pipe in your favorite music to your shower with a simple connection to a mobile device. It’s a collaboration between Philips electronics and the bathroom experts at GROHE.
A warm seat: This heated toilet seat is more than the old-fashioned version. The LumaWarm has three temperature settings that bring heat to the seat in just a couple minutes. A night light function shows you exactly where you’re going in the dark. Intuitive controls make it easy to use.
Leak sensor: Place Insteon Leak Sensors in areas where a leak could occur; it will monitor humidity levels and notify you in time to prevent leaks from severely damaging your home. It will give you peace of mind, especially when you're away from home.
Roomba automated vacuum: This powerful little vacuum fromiRobot cleans on its own with remote operation. Features like Carpet Boost and the AeroForce Cleaning System makes it very efficient in all environments. Crack a book while Roomba does the work for you.
For your pets: Need to know what your pets are up to while you’re away? The Motorola Scout 66 is your answer. It’s a high-quality camera you can install anywhere in your house and monitor by smartphone, tablet or computer.
Window-cleaning robot: Leave that dangerous ladder in the garage, Winbot will keep spotless even the highest of windows. It not only saves you time, but also money in expensive glass replacements for cloudy windows.
These are only a few examples of ways you can automate your home, there are many other gadgets and technologies available to help you free up time for the more important things in life.