Consumer IoT solutions can be divided into two categories: “nice to have” and “should have.” For example, the IoT-enabled Tesla Model X is nice to have, but at $80K, it’s certainly not practical for the average consumer.
Futuristic cars and tech gadgets are nice, but what about the practical IoT solutions that save you time, money and sanity? (And can all be managed by your phone or virtual assistant.) Let’s explore those.
Consumer IoT solutions that should be in your home:
1) Digital door locks and doorbell cams
Digital keyless door locks and doorbell cams enable you to remotely lock and unlock your front door, create virtual keys for guests, and see and speak with visitors. Need to let a trusted friend, family member, housekeeper or repairperson into your home—but you’re stuck in traffic or a meeting? You no longer have to be home to grant entry. Do it all from your smartphone or ask your personal assistant device to do it for you.
2) Smart irrigation sprinkler system
Did it just rain? Has sun intensity recently decreased? Instead of “setting and forgetting,” which is common with sprinkler systems, save money by remotely managing with smart irrigation. Reduce water consumption as needed from your device.
3) Whole-house hardware automation
We’ve long been able to program hardware in our homes, such as thermostats, but now these devices are learning our preferences automatically. Home automation companies offer self-learning, sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats, smoke detectors, cameras and other security systems. Appliances and devices adjust automatically based on your behavior, and you can make adjustments easily from the app.
4) Facial-recognition cameras
Want a deeper look at what’s happening in your home when you’re out? Advanced cloud algorithms give your camera smarter alerts and video history. Now that cameras can tell a person from a thing, it’s time to upgrade from smart cameras to facial recognition cameras. If the camera detects familiar faces, you receive no alert; however, you’ll get a snapshot of any unfamiliar visitors sent to your phone. Curious about something that occurred in your home last month? It’s recorded in the cloud.
5) Smart lights
Customize your daily routines with light. Wake up gently with warm light, set your lights to turn on when you enter a room, sync them to music and movies, and adjust colors to fit your mood. Personal wireless lighting systems combine energy-efficient LED lights with IoT-enabled technology. This gives you complete control—from your device—over the lighting experience in your home. For added security, automate your lights to make it seem like you’re home when you’re not.