Meet your Smart Home
It’s official: the smart home is no longer the domain of futurologists and sci-fi fans. The robot revolution may have got bad press in the past, but in the form of automated home technology, it’s about to make you fall in love with your home all over again.
Being able to control your home appliances from your phone means that the days of having to do things with your own two hands are rapidly coming to an end. Here’s the smart home technology that’s ready to change your life, your home and your Nectar points balance!
At the front door…
Is that the doorbell? Rather than getting up to find out it’s another person keen to sell you something, just take a look at your phone.
With the Ring Video Doorbell and accompanying app, the camera above the bell shows you exactly who is at the door – whether you’re sitting in the living room, or out in the supermarket.
There’s even a two-way speaker, so you can dispense with the salesperson from your armchair, and tell the postie exactly where to leave that package.
In the kitchen…
If you just want to dip your toe into the world of home automation, here’s a cheap and easy start. This Smart Plug can be plugged into any mains socket, which then allows you to control whatever’s plugged into it. So if you’re out for the day, but want the slow cooker turned on at noon, just use the app. Or if you want the security of knowing that you definitely, definitely turned the iron off, use this plug and find out from your phone.
In the bedroom…
When you’ve reached duvet placement perfection, the last thing you want to do is risk losing all that warmth by actually moving. Thankfully, in the last 12 months, speakers have got seriously smart.
This Google Home speaker recognises your voice, which means you can not only tell it what music to play (”OK Google, play me some of this Ed Sheeran I hear so much about…”), you can ask it your burning questions.
Try “OK Google, what time is my first meeting?”, followed by “Is it going to rain today?”. You might want to follow that with “Dial work”, and then use it as a speakerphone, so you can call in sick without moving a muscle.
Throughout the house…
If vacuuming feels like the never-ending job, outsource it. The Roomba robot vacuum can clean to a schedule, or be activated from your phone wherever you are in the world.
It’s clever enough to know where the dustballs are hiding, as well as where the treacherous stairs and ledges lie. And when it’s done, it’ll pootle back to its base to recharge, ready for when you call on it again.