Today's Smart Home
Smart home devices cover a wide variety of products, however, most fall under the following three categories:
Smart Appliances, Gadgets, and Fixtures
Several companies have started launching smart appliances, fixtures and gadgets that include features such as remote control and monitoring. While some give homeowners the ability to turn the appliance on or off, or adjust and monitor settings, others can adapt to suit a user and their home. Smart/connected appliances and fixtures include washing machines, dishwashers, ovens fridges, toilets and showers whereas smart gadgets include robot vacuum cleaners, kettles and coffee machines.
Energy and Lighting
Smart thermostats, which put homeowners in control of their heating and electricity, claim to help homeowners save money on their energy bills and the same applies for smart radiator controls. Smart lighting systems mean homeowners can turn their lights on and off from wherever they are, helping them save energy, as well as dim them or change colors. Some can also be scheduled ahead of time to suit a user’s routine or for security purposes.
Many security devices can be bought on their own or as part of a smart security system or a hub that enables homeowners to connect a number of different devices that include smart cameras, smoke alarms, sensors, burglar alarms and locks. A smart security system is a burglar alarm (with motion sensors) and a wireless camera in one with the ability to connect to a smartphone or tablet.
Curious to know how these smart devices function? Check out this room-by-room breakdown of your typical smart home: