Controlling your home with your smartphone
This is the age of the smartphone, and while the device itself is a fantastic piece of technology, perhaps its greatest triumph is its ability to enhance other, more familiar household devices. Did you know that you can now boil the kettle without leaving the sofa? Or change the channel on your home TV when you’re not even in the same country! The possibilities are seemingly endless.
With so many different options out there on the market, you can be forgiven for not knowing where to start when shopping for smartphone-ready appliances. Here are some of the most effective and most interesting products on the market for you to consider.
Securing your property should be a high priority for anyone, whether it is your home or your business. The recent advancements in home-security technology mean that you can now monitor your house while you’re on the move, through the use of wireless and smartphone technology. The CCTV systems from Protect My Property can broadcast images wirelessly to your mobile phone, giving you a permanent stream of all activity in your home.
One of the joys of having a smartphone-connected alarm system is the ability to enable and disable your system from either your mobile phone or from a web application. This means that if you suffer from alarm anxiety, not being able to remember whether you have set it or not, you can check this even if you are miles away from home. You will also be informed if there are any breaks in the security circuit, which is a sure indication of an intruder.
Some of the most innovative smartphone products can be seen in the kitchen, particularly as controlling devices remotely allow people to do other things while their food is being prepared. While there are a number of slow cookers, food processors and grills that benefit greatly from the smartphone integration, one of the best kitchen devices is the NutriCrystal smartphone scale. Not only will this give an accurate measure of mass on your smartphone, but also keep track of your nutrient intake through use of a sophisticated nutrition app. Perfect for health enthusiasts.
While controlling your alarm system is one thing, full home automation is the next level. Home automation systems will allow you to control household utilities such as your heating and lighting from your smartphone. As well as being highly convenient and very cool, this could be a great way to cut down on expenses. You can turn your central heating off after you have left your house if you have been forgetful. Or you can switch it on before you come home from work so the temperature in your house rises gradually and you don’t have to fire it up quickly, which can use more energy. The home control systems from Devolo feature smartphone-ready thermostats, electric outlets, and light switches, allowing you to stay in full control of your energy consumption at all times.
Embracing smartphone technology could change how you live on a day-to-day basis, with convenience the key design feature in all compatible products — just make sure that your mobile phone is fully charged!