Refrigerators that warn you when you have no milk (or send it to order), Wi-Fi plugs, blablablá … Few innovations have aroused as much excitement and fuss as the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), the smart devices that connect to the Internet. There have been voices that ventured that there would be 100 billion connected devices in 2020. Subsequently, other experts have reduced this figure by half. The analysis firm Gartner has recently launched another forecast, something more realistic, which points to 20,400 million smart objects in operation by the end of this decade.
Of course, for today’s users, these figures are likely of no significance. More suggestive may be to know what are the most useful smart devices for your day to day life; those that can currently be purchased from online stores. Therefore, below are the 12 newest smart home gadgets which everyone should keep in their homes.
Sonos is an easily configurable sound system that connects to home WiFi with the free application and sends different songs to different rooms at the same time. It is the best there is because it has its own application and is compatible with Spotify and iTunes.
The app is capable of measuring our electricity consumption at home and distinguishing which devices are producing it. It was an initial step into the IoT for many people. With Smappee Energy Monitor app, you can monitor the appliances and your consumption. It is a key to improve the habits of electricity use, to discover defective devices, or to check how your air conditioner turns off a precious 20w-40w continuously.
This tiny device allows you to locate your essential items such as the wallet or mobile at all times. It is handy for travelers since it allows them to find their luggage at any time. It also serves as a key. Tile-Mate is a device as thin as two credit cards, which fits inside a wallet, purse or pocket.
This is the device that allows you to live in the year 3000; it’s for the lovers of the kitchen. It appeared a couple of years ago to become the first tool for vacuum cooking at an affordable cost and with a technique previously reserved for professional kitchens. It helps you achieve almost professional results with minimum effort. You can start it from work and have a perfect dinner when you get home. Awesome!
The manufacturers of the famous iRobot Roomba incorporate a powerful cleaning system with intelligent sensors that allow the machine to move without problems through the home and adapt to your environment to thoroughly vacuum the floors. Some people spend a lot of time outside; it allows them to have the house always cleaned when they arrive from the office or return from a trip. The programming system it has is very comfortable and infallible.
These locks have come to replace the traditional ones. They incorporate a small keyboard with an access code and a surveillance camera. They allow us to know who wants to access our houses and when, and to open the door in remote mode to whoever we want (children, relatives, delivery people, etc.); all this without having to leave the keys to a neighbor or the doorman.
This desk lamp, at a relatively low price, has a careful design and is distinguished by its lighting modes. It offers four different modalities that allow adjusting the light according to the user’s preferences.
It is a high-end wireless speaker that connects to the mobile via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The device allows you to control everything you hear from the iPhone. It is recommended for the good quality of its sound and design. It offers the SoundTouch application that lets you control music and connect it to Spotify or Deezer from your Smartphone or tablet.
It is a device that allows smart controlling over the house bulbs and creates different environments depending on the circumstances. With this gadget, you can control the lights from the room to the garden and even simulate that you are at home. Also, you can program routines that follow your daily activity.
10 Nest Thermostat
It can learn your routines and thus offer efficient management of home temperature. “What do we gain from this? We will achieve significant savings in energy consumption and, in addition, respect the environment, something so necessary.
This cleaning robot is an excellent choice for those who do not have much time to devote to household chores. They can monitor real-time cleaning programs and tours to choose from your Smartphone. It is a vacuum cleaner Wi-Fi which was unthinkable to exist a few years ago.
It is a mattress that connects to a Smartphone and allows tracing the quality of the baby’s sleep and control environmental factors such as temperature or humidity. Besides, it allows you to show the doctor sleep statistics of the baby or compare it with the average sleeping rate of babies of the same age.
Remember the caricature of The Jetsons? Those cartoons perfectly represented smart homes, since they showed what at a particular time would be the future of society with assistant robots, video calls, smartwatches, and even flat screens. The cartoons were not over-imaginative; on the contrary, many of the objects they included are today considered normal in many homes, making life easier for their inhabitants.