Turning on/off your home lights using your smartphones is no longer a myth. The Internet Of Things (IoT) is slowly turning all your products into devices with internet connectivity. Whether it’s smart home, medical, transportation or even agriculture; every field is rapidly adopting the IoT phenomenon.
There is a lot of confusion around IoT, what it is, and how it helps you. But no reason to worry, we are going to explain what basic steps you should can take to get started with this new and exciting trend. Most of all, these devices do not require any installation from a professional.
You can follow these simple steps to convert your home into a SMART home :
Use Smart Lights
There are plenty of different options for replacing your existing lights with smart-light bulbs. All of the available options have something in common, in that they offer an app for you to control your lights remotely. Alternatively, you could also use smart light switches that will make your existing lights ‘smart’, however, be aware that this requires you to work with wires.
Start with Smart Plugs
Smart plugs are great because they allow you to operate any device using your phone. Basically, all you need to do is put the plug of the device you want to control into the outlet and you are ready to go. You can then use your phone to turn the device on or off, or with the more advanced plugs even measure the amount of electricity consumes.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats allow you to program the temperature of the rooms in your home, or control it from a distance. Smart thermostats communicate with your heater and air conditioners to set the right temperature in the room as you approach the house or at specific times during the day.
Enhance your smart home with AI
Voice Controlled Speakers are more than just a normal speaker. They are like a digital assistant in your house who would do all sorts of errands for you just by interacting with it via talk.
Following voice controlled speakers are in great demand these days :
The Echo is one the greatest IoT devices, and is made by AMAZON. The best part of the echo dot is that you don’t need a smart phone to complete tasks and it connects with other smart home devices so that you can control them using your voice.
Some commands you can use with the ECHO DOT :
“Alexa, turn on the lights” or “Alexa, turn off the living room lights.”
“Hey Alexa, set the temperature to 70.”
“Hi Alexa, make the lights a little brighter.”
Same as with Alexa, Google Home as a speaker makes your life easier integrating with your calendar and e-mail even. Moreover, the best thing about Google Home is that you can connect it with your Google Chrome Cast and all other Google products with ease in a seamless way.
Google Home Commands you could use
“Hey Google, set Hue lights to 50%”
“Hey Google, turn on heat/cooling.”
“Hi Google, what’s my schedule today?”
In conclusion, we have covered the basic steps you can take to make your house a smart one. There are even more advanced smart devices than these, like Smart Cams, Door locks, Smart stoves and many more. There is even home automation software you may use to connect and automate all of these devices.