When you hear the term ‘smart technology’, you might immediately think of novelty gimmicks with limited capabilities. Based on early smart devices, you would be correct – remember the ‘next big thing’ VR headsets from the early ‘90s?
However, sometimes gimmicks stop being gimmicks, go mainstream and end up playing an important role in our day-to-day lives.
Think of early smartphone apps, for instance. What started as hilariously basic creations like ‘iBeer’, a virtual pint glass that you could ‘drink’ when tipping your phone horizontally, quickly morphed into endless possibilities.
Less than ten years later, we can stream TV shows, edit photographs, access breaking world news and enjoy hours of group-chatting right from the palm of our hands. What was once a novelty concept has turned into a series of indispensable tools which make our lives easier.
This is exactly what is happening with smart homes. The innovations and technologies are moving at an incredible pace and will ultimately become mod-con staples that enhance the way we live at home.
Here are just some of the ways that smart homes will change our way of life, including comfort, safety and convenience.
Smart home technology has the capability to be a huge deterrent for burglary or other potential safety breaches such as fires and carbon monoxide leaks. Gone are the days when ‘keeping the big light on’ when leaving the house was the most effective precautionary measure.
Thanks to fittings and integrations from the likes of Nest, we have the ability to transform your home into a fortress that can tell you if trouble is afoot, so you can act before damage is done. From an HD video doorbell app system that enables you to keep an eye on your home wherever you are, to a smoke and CO alarm that thinks, speaks and alerts you on your phone, these products are designed to optimise safety and security, giving you full peace of mind.
Comfort and entertainment
From entertaining to unwinding after a long day, our home should be a place of comfort and ease. There is a host of home automation technology on the market that has been designed solely for the enhancement of comfort and enjoyment. We work with Loxone, the market leader in smart home technology, to offer cutting-edge solutions.
Whether it’s waking up in the morning to automatically lifting blinds and gentle lighting, or a ‘goodnight button’ which enables you to turn off electricals and activate alarms with one click, you can effortlessly glide through your day and save a lot of time in the process. When it comes to entertaining, think mood sensitive lighting design, multi-room audio speakers and home cinema technology. Now that’s how you take a dinner party to the next level.
Our homes should offer us sanctuary and an enhanced quality of life – we should not feel restricted or inconvenienced as we get older. That’s why home integrations that assist independence and convenience are only going to get more and more prevalent. From voice assists such as Amazon Alexa to self-opening blinds and smart temperature controls, it’s now possible for our homes to give us a helping hand if our mobility or physical ability is compromised.
If you would be interested in installing smart home products or are seeking a full custom fit-out for a brand new home, our highly trained team is on hand to answer any questions.
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