If you take a look around at any given moment, you’ll notice you’re surrounded by technology. With phones, tablets, computers, TVs, and wearable devices, everything seems to be interconnected. While some would argue the rapid evolution of modern technology has had a negative impact on society – leading to laziness and dependence – the reality is that automated technologies produce plenty of positive results.
Perhaps this is no more evident than when you look at the rise of smart homes. With smart appliances, automated lights, and technologies that predict what will happen next, intelligent homes have become more than a dream. And while there are handfuls of intriguing technologies and devices on the market, let’s hone in on five of the top smart home solutions and how they can help you transform your traditional house into a revolutionary smart home.
ilumi Light Bulb
Light bulbs aren’t typically a very ‘sexy’ purchase. After all, most lights are pretty much the same. Well, that may have been true until ilumi – ‘the world’s smartest light bulb’ – came along. It’s the most sophisticated, highly-customizable light bulb solution ever to hit the market, and homeowners everywhere are using these simple innovations to transform stale rooms into sleek living spaces.
The ilumi Smartbulb can be installed in any traditional light fixture and is remotely controlled via the accompanying Bluetooth app. Using the app, you can change the color, brightness, and tone of the light to meet your mood. You can also set up timers or ask the light to turn on and off as you enter and leave a room. While the ilumi Smartbulb may cost well more than the average person spends on a light bulb, the company claims each bulb has a lifespan of up to 20 years.
Smart home technology isn’t just about convenience. There’s also a big need for safety and security. That’s where the Belkin NetCam comes into the picture. At approximately $100, this small video camera allows homeowners to live stream HD video to their smartphone or tablet, regardless of where they are.
The Belkin NetCam is equipped with night vision and a wide-angle glass lens that allows you to monitor your home, whether you’re in the upstairs bedroom or halfway around the world on vacation. It’s truly a revolutionary technology in home security.
Bio Bidet BB 2000
A bidet isn’t the first thing American homeowners think about, but the Bio Bidet BB 2000 is anything but typical. Some of the features include a wireless remote control, hybrid water heating system, patented 3-in-1 single nozzle system, and adjustable water temperature, pressure, and nozzle position. The Bio Bidet BB 2000 also comes with a three-year manufacturer’s limited warranty (with an option for six years), which makes it a relatively low-risk purchase for homeowners trying a bidet for the first time.
Netatmo Weather Station
With the Netatmo Weather Station, the way you check the weather will never be the same. This sleek smart home device allows you to analyze weather patterns, observe what’s happening in your home, and forecast the future. Specifically, it monitors the indoor temperature, humidity, air quality, and CO2 level of your home. Furthermore, it uses real-time weather readings to provide accurate forecasts and predictions outside the home.
Finally, there’s the Nest Learning Thermostat. This incredible piece of technology allows you to control the temperature of your home from virtually anywhere in the world. However, it’s way more than a programmable thermostat. In addition to giving you customization features, the Nest actually learns your preferences and controls itself for optimal cost savings and personal comfort.
Transform Your Home Today
What are you waiting for? You don’t need a million-dollar budget to live in a smart home. With these five technologies, you can immediately revolutionize your living space and usher in the future of comfortable living.
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