Imagine this scene: You’re on the way home from a long day at the office, and all you want to do is dive into an evening of relaxation. Your refrigerator alerted you earlier in the day that you ate all your leftovers, so you’ve picked up an uncooked pizza from the market, and with the tap of a button, your oven is preheating to just the right temperature.
It’s a chilly day outside, but you’ve remotely adjusted your thermometer so it’s warm when you walk in the front door. You close the door, say a few words aloud, and your favorite tunes filter through the speakers in your kitchen. Sounds like the wave of the future? It’s not. Here are three cutting-edge technologies that showcase why the modern home should have a brain.
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Who wouldn’t want to take some of the guesswork out of keeping his or her family fed? Smart refrigerators like Samsung’s Family Hub is doing just that. This high-technology refrigerator uses a digital dashboard to help you build a shopping list and plan meals. It can even offer up recipe suggestions based on what you have in the fridge and your family’s food preferences and allergies. Small cameras inside the fridge allow the appliance’s Artificial Intelligence to make a note when you’re running low on milk or if you’re out of apples.
In addition, the digital panel can connect you to other smart features of your home, such as smart lights, programmable thermostats, and home security cameras.
Using a smart thermostat is not only handy, but it can help you save money. Smart thermostats, such as the Ecobee4 and Nest Learning Thermostat, connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network. Always return to a perfectly warm house in the winter and a cool house in the summer by using the thermostat’s apps to control the temperature from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Some smart thermostats also act as technology hubs, allowing you to control other smart devices via voice commands.
In addition to their smart features, these thermostats can also be programmed to drop and raise the temperature automatically at certain times of the day, saving you money on your utility bills.
A smart oven is a time saver on a busy day. Smart ovens are able to connect to Wi-Fi. Then through the use of an app on your phone or tablet, you can preheat the oven from your office, your car, or the soccer field. When you’re rushing around from appointment to appointment, the last thing you have time for is waiting for the oven to heat up so you can cook dinner for your family.
For even more convenience, some smart ovens can respond to commands (via a home hub like Amazon Alexa) such as checking how long is left on the oven timer, receiving notifications when the timer is done, and turning off the oven.
Smart appliances can help you save time, money, and make your day-to-day tasks more efficient. Enjoy the convenience and luxury of a modern home with a smart brain.