Before you buy a voice-controllable smart home system or product, keep these points in mind.
Voice control platforms like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Google Assistant are taking the smart home industry by storm. Home loudspeakers, light fixtures, thermostats, and more recently complete home automation systems are integrating the technology to provide consumers with a hand-free mode of managing the electronic devices in their homes.
Key features to look for in a smart lock for the best protection and convenience
Thanks to technology, our pockets and purses are a lot lighter these days. We no longer carry appointment books to keep track of our schedule and paper maps are mere curiosities. We turn to our phones to check plane, train and bus timetables; store our family photos; read the news; find a restaurant and so much more. And with Apple Pay and Google Wallet, cash and credit cards can now be left behind. So it’s only natural that many people are exploring the possibility of ditching another relic of the mechanical age – the house key – and replacing their home’s conventional deadbolt with a smart lock.
Has your Internet speed Slowed recently?
It wasn’t long ago that we all wanted the telephone connected before moving into a home or business; today it’s the Internet. Once connected to the outside world via the Internet, the entire world awaits us; though the journey may not be a smooth one if your network has not been architected correctly.
While the network is a vitally important element of virtually every home and business today, it’s often overlooked, until connections are interrupted or go completely offline.
My top-10 future technology developments to keep an eye on
Home technology is always moving, always improving, always promising to provide ease and convenience to our lives. So what sort of innovations stand to make a big impact? I caught a glimpse of the very near future at the CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) Expo held recently here in Dallas.
Here are 10 developments you’ll want to keep an eye on.