14:27 05 December 2017
Home automation is not a new concept. For many years, people have used clunky remotes designed to turn on and off lights, open garage doors and control indoor temperatures.
So, why is “smart home” suddenly a buzzword in today’s technology market?
Well, it is because the game changer has arrived – your smartphone. The ability to consolidate so many applications – email, music, social media and games, among others – into one handheld connected device has changed the world. At the same time, mobile networking capabilities have gotten faster, more reliable and more extensive.
This enables your phone to become the key to your own home. Now that you have a universal remote control, the next step to making your home smart is filling it with smart gadgets that are able to communicate to one another.
This allows you to automate your blinds, lights and heating/cooling system to save energy. You can also automate your appliances, allowing them to be automatically turned on and off at certain times. For example, you can set your coffee maker to start brewing coffee at 6am so you can have your cup of coffee right after you wake up.
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