Automated homes are the way of the future. Well for some they are. Especially for us. We love all of the cool gadgets that you can get to make your home become a "if that then this" home. Here are a few of our favourite ideas that you can do to your home to instantly make it more modern!
IFTTT. Ok so this isn't a gadget. But I refer to it in my blog so I thought I would quickly touch on what it is. Basically its takes criteria set by the user i.e. Turn the lights on at sunset (once the sun goes down your lights turn on) simple. Some of the technology below can be connected. And you don't need to have technology to play with IFTTT so log on and give it a try. Want to be get a notification at 7am to take your umbrella? this could be for you.
Ring. The doorbell that lets you seem like your always home. This came out last year and was high on my list as we become more and more aware of security. Ring works by connecting your smart phone to your door bell. it has a motion sensor that alerts you to movement (i.e a burglar coming to your front door to see if any one is home. You can deter them by speaking in realtime through the two way communication function. It runs on batteries alone or can be hard wired. They have just released a new hard wire only update with 1080p resolution.
Kevo. The evolution of your house key. I have tried this product and its about as good as your bluetooth on the phone you have. Its also (last I checked an apple only system). Kevo allows you to use your smartphone as a key, but it also allows you to send out keys to your visiting friends, the cleaners (a set time or day) that way you can delete the key should you change cleaners or tradesmen.. Its runs on batteries (re-chargeable's work well) And it can be connected to your wifi home system with an additional piece of hardware. So handy as you always have your phone close buy. (you can also download the app on another phone, log in and get in) in the event your battery goes flat.
Flipflac. This is a Kickstarter project that caught our eye the other day. So often these things can be a little clunky or end up no being supported or a bigger company does it cheaper. However at this stage they seem cheaper. Flipflac winds up your blinds based on the temperature, time of day or schedule (great for security when coupled with some automated lights) Its still in the backer faze but I think has a lot of potential once paired with IFTTT.
Intesishome. Wifi transmitter for your heat pump. A favorite of ours. You can now retrofit most heat pumps with this device. Take you simple old heat pump and set scheduled activations times (getting home at 6pm? use this to make the house warm for when you get home). Cold snap in the middle of the night? set a minimum temperature threshold with IFTTT.
Chromecast audio. Before Chromecast took over this part of the market a little unit called Beep existed. Beep was one that caught my eye as it made my old amp sync with my Spotify music account. I could play music over the wifi connection and if my phone rang the music didn't stop! However they went out of business late last year and have been replaced by Chromecast audio. Which we have yet to explore however its much cheaper than Beep. And google has made it so its probably pretty good.
So when you move into your new home. Get ready for the influx of cool technology to consider.