From referring to someone’s brain as smart to use it to describe ‘technology-rich’ living spaces, we have come a long way. Smart homes are a living reality. And what makes them smart are state-of-the-art gadgets. It’s amazing how you can control the gadgets with a mere voice now. So apart from Alexa and Siri, other gadgets will respond to your voice and take the required action. For instance, if you want to watch TNT on Att Uverse than subscribe to a new cable TV package. Let’s take the example of Spectrum TV packages here. All you need to do is direct your smart display screen that comes with a Google Assistant. The information will be displayed before you. Likewise, you can search for shows and movies on Freeform on DirecTV by using your voice as a tool.
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Talking of smart technology, let’s have a look at some of the exciting recent inventions in smart home gadgets.
Lenovo Smart Display
The Lenovo Smart Display comes with Google Assistant. It is an awesome way to use your Google Assistant at home with a screen. Dubbed as a better version of Amazon Echo, the Lenovo Smart Display offers a lot of features that your Alexa does not. You can make a choice between an 8-inch or a 10-inch screen while purchasing this gadget. It works great with apps like YouTube. Which means that you can get access to all the tutorials or recipes with a single command.
Are you done with your ordinary blinds? Worry not. Serena shades are here to brighten up your day. Okay, this sounded a bit too 60’s era ad. Anyway, in case you are wondering what Serena shades offer that your ordinary blinds don’t, here’s your answer. Serena shades are smart blinds that you can control with your voice, a remote or even an app that you need to install. You do not have to get out of the bed to lift the blind to allow the sunlight to enter. You will need to custom order this product so it fits the size of your window. And once it arrives, you will thank me.
EcoGarden Smart Interactive Ecosystem
Combining a miniature greenhouse and an aquarium, this invention is a natural way to clean your aquarium. The mechanism for its operation is that the fish waste provides food or nutrients for the plants. The plants, in turn, filter the water for the fish naturally. So, you can grow greens above the aquarium while maintaining a clean environment for the fish below.
Have you ever wished that your fridge guided you regarding the thermostat that you need to set it on? Or maybe recommend a recipe that includes the ingredients placed inside it? Well, this may sound too good to be true. But Samsung has introduced a line of Smart fridges that allows you to look inside the fridge without even opening it. And you can do this while you sit comfortably on your couch through your smartphone.
Smart Wine Pourer
Have you ever felt the urge to have wine without uncorking the bottle? While people may think that you are crazy to think that way, there actually is a smart wine pourer. An automated wine preserver is now out in the market that pours wine for you without uncorking the bottle. Moreover, you can also use the app to inform you regarding the amount of wine left.
The ordinary showers tend to get irritating at times. Especially when you have to wait for warm water to reach the right level of ‘warm’ so you can start showering. This not only wastes water but also makes taking shower a rather tiresome task. With smart showers, you can control the temperature while you sit in your room. You do not even need to wait for minutes for the water to reach a certain temperature. Moreover, you can even turn the shower on or off from anywhere in your house.
You can even control the taps in your house with Alexa. Smart taps allow you to use the services of Alexa to open the tap, set the water to a certain temperature and pour specific amounts of water. This is not only convenient but it also helps to ensure that you waste less water.
As if there weren’t enough smart products invented. Smart lights by Lutron Caseta is probably the best way to control a room full of lights. The switches can work well with Apple HomeKit or Alexa, making it easy for you to switch the lights on and off without reaching out for the switchboard.
Intelligent ovens are a thing as well. In case you think that you do not want to surf through 100 Mbps Fast Internet to look for a recipe, the smart oven will do it for you. As it can recognize and cook around sixty-five types of food without a single human input.
Smart Electric Kettle
The iKettle boils the water automatically to match your schedule. You can sync it with the companion app, or choose to control it with Alexa. The choice is yours.
Apart from this, you can get almost everything in a ‘smart’ version these days. The human responding systems are replaced by smart technology like AI as well. Only recently, I happened to call Spectrum Customer support center where I was welcomed by an AI robot. It is very hard to distinguish between real humans and robots. But technology has come a long way and some inventions are rather astonishing.