Smart Homes https://smarthomessystem.com Latest in Smart Homes Technologies Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:05:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 10 Tips to Make Your Home Smarter https://smarthomessystem.com/make-your-home-smarter/ https://smarthomessystem.com/make-your-home-smarter/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:04:40 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=625   The idea of a smart home used to just be a whimsical concept, like something out of a science fiction movie. A few years ago you’d never guess that smart technology would find its way into our homes and how we manage them. Now, you don’t have to be Tony Stark to enjoy the benefits …

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The idea of a smart home used to just be a whimsical concept, like something out of a science fiction movie. A few years ago you’d never guess that smart technology would find its way into our homes and how we manage them. Now, you don’t have to be Tony Stark to enjoy the benefits of a smart home. Here are some of our tips using already available devices and technologies to can make your home smarter.

1.) Get high speed Internet. This almost goes without saying as it is the internet which connects all of our devices and makes them interact with each other. While your internet speed will mostly depend on your Internet Service Provider, you can buy a high-speed WiFi router that will maximize whatever internet plan you’re on. They are also quite affordable: a Google WiFi costs less than $100 and can power your home with fast connection.

 

2.) Invest in smart locks for your doors. You can have all the best technology at your disposal, but getting your house broken into and having it all stolen would not only be painful; it would be a great inconvenience to replace. To avoid this, it’s a good idea to invest in a smart lock. This kind of lock works by unlocking your door only when your smartphone or approved device is in close proximity. This means no more getting locked out because you’ve lost your keys. For an even more fool-proof solution, you can get the Kwikset Kevo for $180 (additional $100 for the Premium option) on Amazon. It works with both a physical key and a smartphone app.

3.) For even better security, purchase a security camera. Modern security and CCTV cameras can now store hours and hours of footage on a larger storage, which means the days of recording over a tape are but gone. These days, you can get an even live stream footage onto your smartphone or tablet, so you can keep an eye on your house at any time of the day.

4.) Upgrade to a Smart TV. Not only do the new models have stunning displays for the utmost in digital entertainment, they are functional, too. Being able to stream Netflix on a large HD screen is enough for most people, but did you know that you can live stream from other places in the world too? Apps like Ustream can show live footage from forests, mountains, even live sports events. You can even find apps that stream direct from the International Space Station! You also can browse web pages by using it as a large monitor. The good news is, as this technology matures, more apps will be optimized for it, which could only be exciting for us.

 

5.) Make your home even more comfortable with a smart thermostat. Imagine coming home and your place is at the perfect temperature, every time. With new smart home systems such as Apple’s HomeKit, you can adjust your house’s internal temperature to anything you like. Although you pay a little bit up front, in the long run it can save you money on electric bills since it only turns on your air conditioning or heating unit when you need it. Some systems even “remember” your preferences and adjust to your routine.

 

6.) Get your light bulbs Wifi-connected too. Similar to your thermostat, you can also configure your lighting with your system to turn on and off only as needed. The bulbs themselves are energy-efficient, so you won’t get shocked by the bill when it arrives.

7.) If that’s not enough, you can get a smart meter to help you save even more money. You’ll be able to monitor your power usage with just a glance at the screen. They also automatically send your usage data to your energy supplier. This technology also still has a lot of room for improvement, but should be standard issue in a few years because of its potential.

 

8.) “Talk” to your home. When Siri launched on the iPhone, we thought it was just a funny way to get answers to mundane questions. Now, your digital assistants can turn your appliances on and off.

 

9.) The Universal Remote is now truly universal. New models of this amazing device are now able to control everything from TVs to lighting fixtures. It is almost like a smartphone with its new touchscreen feature, and you can surprise your guests by playing music and streaming video with a touch of a button.

 

10.) Finally, keep your smart home clean with a robotic vacuum cleaner. While it is not as new as the other devices, robotic vacuums have come as long way from their conception in the early 2000s. Now, these little cleaners come fully equipped with WiFi and lasers, meaning they need virtually no assistance to function. Some advanced models, like the iRobot Roomba 960.

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The Rise of Robotic Automation in the Sewing Industry https://smarthomessystem.com/rise-robotic-automation-sewing-industry/ https://smarthomessystem.com/rise-robotic-automation-sewing-industry/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 07:35:52 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=620 It’s widely accepted that the current state of the sewing industry is not ideal. While there are benefits to hand made clothing, these are far outweighed by the drawbacks of foreign manufacturing and the need for a more automated line that can meet consumer demand. Limitations in the field of robotics have kept garment factories …

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It’s widely accepted that the current state of the sewing industry is not ideal. While there are benefits to hand made clothing, these are far outweighed by the drawbacks of foreign manufacturing and the need for a more automated line that can meet consumer demand. Limitations in the field of robotics have kept garment factories only partially automated so far, but with recent industry innovation, affordable conversion to full automation might soon be available to local merchants, without bankrupting them.

 

Benefits of Human Hands

 

In 2014, the sewing industry provided between 60 million to 75 million jobs worldwide. This provides much needed investment and employment opportunities to developing countries. Several of these countries have been able to use this industry as a vehicle to move towards development. “Aid for Trade,” an initiative established by the World Trade Organization, offers assistance to improve infrastructure necessary for the increase in trade demanded by more developed countries. Moving manufacturing to countries like Cambodia and China allowed businesses to keep up with the high demand for sewn goods at an affordable price. While the automotive and airplane industries moved into automation to decrease labor costs and meet demand, machines couldn’t compete with the dexterity of human hands to produce quality goods.

 

Unfortunate Conditions of Foreign Manufacturing

 

The unfortunate downside of overseas manufacturing is that conditions for cheap laborers are mostly unregulated. Garment workers in these countries work in an “informal economy,” meaning they aren’t protected by the legal regulations that protect other skilled workers, and are much more vulnerable. Wages for a garment worker in Thailand are equal to about $234 a month, working 11 to 16 hours a day. Many workers face electrical problems, both when working from home and in the factories. Demand for production doesn’t stop just because conditions are unfavorable, and it’s the workers who are left picking up the slack.

 

The Recent Push for Automation

 

Unfavorable working conditions in foreign factories and a domestic desire to bring these jobs back home aren’t the only reasons for the recent push for sewing automation. The retire rate of workers poses a threat of impending labor shortage, as the demand for the fast delivery of cheap, quality garments only rises in developed countries. A fully automated manufacturing line would allow suppliers to meet this demand with increased productivity and lower scrap rate and in-process inventory. Quick response to customers, superior quality and the ability to quickly change design would boost competition, promoting lower prices and removing the reputation the western sewing industry has for exploiting inhumane labor practices and impoverished people.

 

Cost of Automation

 

As with many technological advances, there is a down side to replacing human work with robotics. The most obvious of these is the loss of jobs in countries that have come to rely on that business at every level. There is also a high initial investment for any seller looking to automate their lines. The cost of hardware, software, training and the conversion process could be catastrophic to a company that isn’t prepared to sacrifice the time and resources. Limited expertise in robotic engineering and programming means additional expense for any merchant looking to employ advanced machinery, and high ongoing costs for in-house preventative maintenance and troubleshooting.

 

Limitations of Robotics

 

Previous attempts to convert have been impeded by the limitations of robotics. Robots generally have a hard time handling soft materials like cloth. Knit fabrics, commonly used in T-shirts, are stretchy, and even the best sewing machine can’t maneuver a stretchy fabric on its own without distortion. There is simply no substitute for the dexterity of human hands when it comes to manipulating fabrics for sewing.

 

Current Automation

 

Partial automation is already in use in many factories, drastically reducing labor costs. There are high-speed sewing machines that can be fully or semi-automated. Robots are used to move materials from one place to another and even complete inspections. Some devices are re-programmable and can be used to move materials, parts, tools, or specialized machines.

 

New Robots

 

Sewbo, recently invented by Jonathan Zornow, is a robot that can successfully complete a garment by manipulating fabrics that have been soaked in a polymer to stiffen them. Once constructed, the garment is rinsed with water, removing the polymer. Wool and leather can’t withstand the process, but most natural and synthetic fabrics are compatible. The Sewbo is the first fully automated robot that can sew a garment from start to finish without human assistance.

 

The Future of the Industry

 

Forty-three percent of American fashion companies rank production and sourcing costs as one of their top two greatest challenges. The United States currently imports about 97% of the clothing we wear. With global sales expected to be more than $1.4 trillion next year, are we looking at a fully automated sewing industry in the near future? Atnyel Guedj, Purchasing Manager at Global Manufacturer Delta Galil Industries, thinks “automation is the only way forward… [and] the hunt for cheaper and cheaper labor must come to an end,” but he goes on to explain that he doesn’t see the US spending the money for the necessary machinery. Zornow disagrees, and already has received dozens of calls for his Sewbo, which he says will match the production speed of a human worker by the time it hits the assembly line.

 

Summary

 

Most agree that the basic structure of the sewing industry is broken. It cannot continue to support the high demand for consumer goods in the developed world without subjecting its skilled workers to even more inhumane treatment than they currently face. New technology and processes might be the key to moving from partially automated lines that still rely mostly on human intervention, to fully automated production. As recent ingenuity and interest in sewing robotics continues to advance sewing technology, machines will become faster, more accurate, and more affordable for merchants. We may even begin to see a rise in domestic manufacturing as sewing robots become more available.

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Arlo Pro Vs Arlo Pro 2 – A Detailed Comparison https://smarthomessystem.com/arlo-pro-vs-arlo-pro-2/ https://smarthomessystem.com/arlo-pro-vs-arlo-pro-2/#respond Sun, 04 Feb 2018 19:12:48 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=606     Arlo is the product of NETGEAR. It is a worldwide leader when it comes to smart home security products and home networking. Their home security products are most advanced, versatile and packed with features. In this article, we provide you with a detailed description and features that come with Arlo Pro vs Arlo …

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Arlo is the product of NETGEAR. It is a worldwide leader when it comes to smart home security products and home networking.

Their home security products are most advanced, versatile and packed with features.

In this article, we provide you with a detailed description and features that come with Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2, along with a complete guide and comparison to guide you in making the right choice of Smart Home Security camera for your home.

Arlo smart home security cameras ensure you of peace of mind, at all times and at all places.

You get to watch over what and who you love from all angles, even though you are far away from home.

With Arlo smart home security cameras, you get to capture even the slightest details of both indoors and outdoors as well as during the day and night.

Let us take a deep dive into Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2 :

  1. Arlo Pro smart home security cameras

Arlo Pro
Arlo Pro

Arlo Pro is the world’s first and only smart security camera along with audio which is 100% Wireless, high definition, rechargeable, weatherproof, and also offers a wide viewing angle.

The special Arlo Pro smart security cameras are proofs of this well-known entrusted brand.

These cameras come with high-definition technology and are widely made use of in the protection of homes, families, business and enterprise establishments and valuables.

It is a great security system for the modern generation.

With Arlo Pro smart security cameras, you can watch live recordings of one’s surroundings in brilliant detail like never before.

The Arlo Pro home security camera captures every moment and motion that takes place within the range of the 130-degree wide-angle lens.

These cameras are capable of capturing even the slightest motion and triggers the alarm immediately. This is due to its special PIR motion sensor.

Product specifications of Arlo Pro:

Video resolution:       Configurable up to 1280 x 720

Video format:                        H264

Imaging:                      Full color

                                    CMOS

                                    Auto-adaptive

                                    White and black balance and exposure

Audio:                         Speaker and microphone

Digital pan and zoom: Digital pan

                                                8 x digital zoom

Motion detection:     Adjustable sensitivity

                                    Automatic email alerts and push notifications

Night vision:               850 nm LEDs that is capable of illuminating up to 25 feet

Battery:                      2440 mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery

Battery life:                The battery life of the Arlo pro varies based on the settings, usage of the camera and the temperature of the surroundings

Power adapter:          120 V AC

Power adapter cable:            USB to Micro USB

Field of view:              130 degrees

Focus range:               It is capable of a fixed focus range which ranges from 2 ft to infinity

Operating temperature: The operating temperature of the Arlo pro is -4 degrees to 113 degrees Fahrenheit, which is – 20 degrees Celsius to 45 degrees Celsius

Processor and memory: 900 MHz ARM processor

                                    128 MB Flash, 128 MB RAM

Operating temperature: 32 degrees to 122 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees to 50 degrees Celsius).

Dimensions:                2.3 x 6.9 x 5.0 in (58.6 x 174.5 x 126.5 mm)

Weight:                       4.8oz (136 g), not including the 3.6 oz (102 g) battery

Weight:                       11.1 oz (316 g)

 

Arlo Pro Camera
Arlo Pro Camera

Features of Arlo Pro:

Wireless:

The Arlo Pro home security camera is a 100% Wire-free, which does not require any cords and the hassles that come with wiring.

These cameras can be placed anywhere and are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Weatherproof and waterproof:

The Arlo Pro home security camera is both weatherproof and waterproof. It is IP65 certified and is capable of braving both the rain and sunshine, heat and cold as well.

High definition quality:

With the Arlo Pro home security camera, you can enjoy live streaming and watch recordings of your surroundings with clear brilliant details like never before.

Wide viewing angle:

The Arlo Pro home security camera can capture every moment and motion that takes place within the range of the 130-degree wide-angle lens.

Advanced motion detection:

These cameras are capable of capturing even the slightest motion and triggering the alarm almost immediately.

This is possible due to its special PIR motion sensor. You are guaranteed that no movement can escape the camera’s lens.

Integrated night vision:

Arlo Pro integrated night vision feature is capable of automatically switching itself on at night and capturing every aspect and movement of your surroundings to even the smallest details.

Free cloud storage:

All of your captured and recorded surroundings can be saved on the cloud storage for free for the next 7 days after purchase.

You can keep track and access all of the motion and audio recordings on the cloud storage for free for seven days.

Local storage backup:

The Arlo Pro smart home security camera comprises of the provision to connect a USB drive to the base station of this camera.

Thus, with this facility, one need not have worries about optional local storage backups.

Smart siren:

The manufacturers of the Arlo Pro smart home security camera have designed it especially in order to stop crime even before it happens.

This is made possible with its 100+ decibel siren which can be controlled remotely and it is immediately triggered by even the slightest detection of Motion and Audio sounds.

The powering options are flexible:

Arlo Pro smart home security cameras are provided with flexible powering options that ensure a convenient and hassle-free home security.

You can choose to use it wire-free or plugged in with the help of wires connected to special sockets.

Advantages of Arlo Pro:

  • Very sensitive motion detection: This model has very sensitive motion detection technology.
  • Weight: The Arlo Pro is lightweight when compared to other models in the market, which enables the user to easily carry it anywhere.
  • Battery life: The battery life of the Arlo pro varies based on the settings, usage of the camera and the temperature of the surroundings.

Pros of Arlo Pro:

  • The simple installation process, hassle-free, and lesser technical complications.
  • It is beautifully designed, functional and eye catchy.
  • Perfect features and outstanding capturing performance.

Cons of Arlo Pro:

  • Battery needs to be changed frequently.
  • No audio.
  • Apps are so complicated and confusing.

 

  1. Arlo Pro 2 smart home security cameras

Arlo Pro 2
Arlo Pro 2

The Arlo Pro 2 is a smart home security camera that is specially designed to ensure complete safety and security.

You can consider it as your very own personal security blanket. The setting up of this security camera is quite simple and hassle-free.

The package comes with two cameras and a base station, which one can plug into a router which can be powered by an external source.

All of your recordings of the surroundings can be backed up locally by plugging in an external hard drive.

The Arlo Pro 2 smart home security camera displays a 1080p high that captures every single detail of your home in clarity.

Some of these Advanced features include continuous video recording, activities zones, and 24 / 7 audio and video recordings.

Product specifications of the Arlo Pro 2:

Video resolution:       Video resolution of up to 1080p HD

Video format:                        H264

Imaging:                      Full color, CMOS, and auto-adaptive white and black balance and exposure

Audio:                         Speaker and microphone

Detection:                  Adjustable sensitivity

                                    Automatic email alerts and push notifications

Wire-free motion detection: Comes within built passive infra-red technology

Adjustable up to 23 feet

Plugged in motion detection: Video-based technology

                                    Up to three activity zones

                                    Three-second preview

                                    Adjustable sound detection

Digital pan and zoom: 8 x digital zoom

Arlo Pro 2 Camera
Arlo Pro 2 Camera

Features of Arlo Pro 2:

The following are the features of the Arlo Pro 2 that make it a camera that matters.

High resolution:

The Arlo Pro 2 smart home security camera displays a 1080p high resolution captured display of one’s surroundings in complete detail and clarity.

You can easily identify suspects and intruders that break into or trespass on your property.

Easily rechargeable:

Arlo Pro 2 is Easily rechargeable as it comes with a built-in rechargeable battery which can be plugged into an outer power source.

Once you plug it into an indoor power outlet, you can unlock all of the advanced features of the Arlo Pro 2 Smart Home Security camera.

Rain or sunshine:

Arlo Pro 2 is protected against both rain and sunshine. It can watch over you in almost all kinds of weather conditions.

It features IP65 certified technology is resistant to weather and it can capture your surroundings from almost anywhere and at all times of the day and night.

Two-way audio:

The Arlo Pro 2 Smart Home security camera allows you to listen in and talk to someone else by making use of your camera as the medium and your smartphone as the connector.

Automatic night mode:

This camera is specially designed and equipped with the latest night vision technology that can automatically turn itself on in low light conditions, shedding light on your surroundings so that you can see everything clearly, while it is still pitch dark outside.

Works well with other security accessories and systems:

This home security camera is compatible with all other security accessories and systems such as those like Amazon Alexa, Stringify, IFTTT, and smart things.

Smart Security siren:

Arlo Pro 2 is capable of emitting out a 100+ decibel Smart Security siren that is connected to a base station and is triggered even by the slightest movement or sound emitted.

You can control it from anywhere and at any time.

Advantages of the Arlo Pro 2:

  • Complete mobile alerts and notifications of even the slightest motions and audio sounds produced.
  • 110 degrees field of view.
  • High-resolution recording enables you to see and capture moments in total clarity.

Pros of the Arlo Pro 2:

  • The Arlo pro 2 is specially designed to provide the viewer with a 3-second look back.
  • Enhanced two-way audio.
  • 24/7 audio and video recording capabilities.

Cons of the Arlo Pro 2:

  • Buggy mobile application.
  • It is Expensive.
  • No CVR.

What’s included in the Arlo Pro 2 package:

  • Arlo pro 2 smart home security cameras – 2 nos.
  • Rechargeable batteries – 2 nos.
  • Base station with a siren that is inbuilt – 1 no.
  • An indoor power adapter – 1 no.
  • An indoor power cable – 1 no.
  • Ethernet cable – 1 no.
  • Wall mounts – 4 nos.
  • Screw sets for the wall mounts – 2 nos.
  • Outdoor security mount – 1 no.
  • Screw sets for the outdoor security mount – 1 no.
  • Quick start guide – 1 no.
  • Window decals – 2 nos.

 

Comparison of Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 smart home security cameras


Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2 Resolutions:

The Arlo Pro smart home security camera makes brilliant and clear recordings of one’s surroundings in 720p resolution.

While the Arlo Pro 2 makes recordings with 1080p resolution.

Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2 duration of the recordings:

The Arlo Pro Smart home security camera makes its recordings for just 8 minutes when it detects motion.

Whereas, the Arlo Pro 2 requires a monthly subscription and is capable of recording your surroundings continuously.

Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2 commencement of recordings:

When the Arlo Pro detects a motion in the surroundings, it begins recording the motion only after a few seconds have passed. Thus, the first few seconds of the motion are missed in the recordings taken by Arlo Pro.

However, the Arlo Pro 2 captures the motions with a 3-second look back.

Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2 Battery life:

The Arlo Pro has a long battery life of about 6 months.

While the battery life of Arlo Pro 2 is much shorter and lasts for just 3 months.

Upgrading of the base systems:

Both the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 smart home security cameras function with all the Arlo base systems. To set up these cameras, one does not need to upgrade the base unit.

Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2 Weather and water resistant:

Both the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 are weather resistant and suitable for both indoor and outdoor mounting.

Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2 Sirens:

With the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2, one can easily sound a siren from the base station which is activated by the detection of motion or manual activation.

They can also be set up to send you a notification and to trigger alarms in case of any kinds of motion events or sounds produced.

Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2 Night vision technology:

Both Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 feature high definition night vision technology along with USB backup at the base station.

Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2 Compatibility with smart home systems:

Both Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 are easily compatible for use with all kinds and brands of Smart Home systems like Wink, Amazon Alexa, Smart things, Google home, IFTTT, etc.

Other points of comparison:

  • The Arlo Pro is capable of recording only on motion, while the Arlo Pro 2 can record both on the motion as well as in specific zones.
  • Both the Arlo Pro and the Arlo Pro 2 smart home security cameras feature a speaker and a built-in microphone that facilitates a two-way communication.
  • Both the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 comes with an outdoor mount and they can be scheduled to arm the cameras automatically.
  • They can also be set up to send you a notification and to trigger alarms in case of any kinds of motion events or sounds produced.
  • The dimensions of the external camera are identical in appearance and you can change the look of the camera with various colored outer skins.

Comparison table of Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2 smart home security cameras

Parameter Arlo Pro Arlo Pro 2
Resolution 720p resolution 1080p resolution

 

Time duration of the recordings Records only for 8 minutes after detecting motion Requires a monthly subscription for continuous recording
Commencement of recordings Begins recording only after a few seconds Captures motions within a 3-second look back
Battery life Long battery life of 6 months Shorter battery life of 3 months
Upgrading of the base systems Upgrading the base unit is not required Upgrading the base unit is not required
Weather and water resistant

 

It is weather resistant and is suitable for indoor as well as outdoor mount It is weather resistant and is suitable for indoor as well as outdoor mount
Sirens The siren is activated by detection of motion or manual activation The siren is activated by detection of motion or manual activation
Night vision technology Comes with high definition night vision technology along with USB backup Comes with high definition night vision technology along with USB backup
Compatibility with smart home systems Easily compatible with all brands of Smart Home systems Easily compatible with all brands of Smart Home systems

Final thoughts:

From the above-detailed comparison of the Arlo Pro and the Arlo Pro 2 smart home security camera models, we now know that the Arlo Pro 2 model is much more advanced in functionality, features, technology, and appearances as well.

It has a longer battery life, high resolution, and capability of capturing one’s surroundings in detail and clarity.

In addition, its night vision technology is much more advanced and it can capture one’s surroundings as far as the eye can see.

So, when one compares all these features, we all know that the Arlo Pro 2 is the best option to consider when it comes to giving your family the best security and ensuring their interests and safety even though you are far away from home.

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6 Easy Ways for Securing IoT Devices in Your Home https://smarthomessystem.com/secure-iot-devices/ https://smarthomessystem.com/secure-iot-devices/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:41:28 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=602 According to the American IT research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. more than five million devices are added to the internet every day. We’re rapidly moving towards having more than twenty billion devices connected by the end of the decade. It is not surprising since everything from phones and laptops to home lighting and baby …

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According to the American IT research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. more than five million devices are added to the internet every day. We’re rapidly moving towards having more than twenty billion devices connected by the end of the decade. It is not surprising since everything from phones and laptops to home lighting and baby monitors has a connection to the internet.

Home Network Security for IoT

No matter what type of device, and how you use it, the whole system is a computer connected to a network. All these appliances, from dishwashers, coffee machines need to be treated with as much security as a server hosting emails or the database server storing social security information. Leaving a network and consequently, the device unprotected is like leaving your back door unlocked.

Six Internet of Things Security Solutions

All your digital information fed into the device or available through the network is vulnerable to theft. There are endless debates about privacy and cybersecurity, even very secure home networks can be hacked.

 

Let’s look at six easy steps to secure your home network.

Only Connect Required Devices

  • The best thing to do is disconnect the internet connection of any device that doesn’t absolutely require access. A fridge or television doesn’t need the internet for its primary functions. It is a matter of convenience to be able to control such appliances while you are at work or on your way home. You don’t need them permanently connected to the internet.

Consider Creating a Separate LAN for IoT Appliances

  • Always have your home network separated from your IoT devices. Even if you allow your friends and colleagues access your wireless network, they can do so through an isolated guest network, which provides limited access to networked devices and shared files. Modern routers have a Guest function as their default setup.

Use Secure Passwords

  • Never use the same password for multiple devices. Choosing one password is easy for your recollection, but it also makes it effortlessly easy for hackers and cybercriminals to access all your devices with just one cracked code. It is needless to mention that you should always opt for the most robust and unpredictable passwords.

Use Care With Unneeded Communication Protocols

  • Do not turn on universal plug and play. Many people find it utterly convenient to have printers, routers, cameras and many such devices of regular use to be easily found by similar devices. Whether it is Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, turn off all universal plug and play features. Ease of access will enhance the convenience of hackers.

Keep Devices Up To Date

  • Always have the latest firmware, use the best antivirus, antimalware and antispyware programs, update your networks and related systems whenever a new software patch is available, make necessary changes to the hardware to enhance security and review your entire network security apparatus from time to time.

Be Aware of Privacy

  • Try to limit the use of cloud services. Convenience should not be the only decisive factor. Privacy and data security should be of paramount significance. Don’t upload data to the cloud that doesn’t need to be online. Cloud services are secured, but the network between may not be. Blaming the possessor of information is simple. For most hacking reports, it was the exchange of information which was compromised. Not every network has impeccable encryption.

 

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Family Watchdog Neighborhood Search https://smarthomessystem.com/family-watchdog-website/ https://smarthomessystem.com/family-watchdog-website/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:32:18 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=598 Family Watchdog Offender Search The name Family Watchdog sounds like a family owned dog. However, it’s quite different here. Family Watchdog is a free service which provides information on local sex offenders along with their most recent address. This is similar to a GPS system but highlighting the offenders and the seriousness of the offense …

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Family Watchdog Offender Search

The name Family Watchdog sounds like a family owned dog. However, it’s quite different here.

Family Watchdog is a free service which provides information on local sex offenders along with their most recent address.

This is similar to a GPS system but highlighting the offenders and the seriousness of the offense committed.

Today, we will talk about how Family Watchdog can be used effectively to keep your family safe from sexual predators.

What are the reasons for committing a sexual offense? Who is most likely to commit a sexual offense? How can you stop it?

The most common question that comes to the mind of the caretaker of the family if your location has seen many such cases in the past.

The world is not all flashy and exciting. There is also a darker part which we know and cannot do anything about it.

However, you could be cautious by using such services that are offered locally to ensure that the locality that you are in or you are about to move in is safe and secure for the family.

Google empowered map search allows you to search based on any geographical location.

For the first question, the reasons for committing a sexual offense are many.

However, the most common ones that we need to know are:

  • Anger-related – A crime of passion or anger can lead to a lot of things in your life. A common example would be a sexual assault due to a personal grudge on the woman. This is done to defile and degrade the victim as an ultimatum.
  • Power-assertive – A person with underlying feelings of inadequacy feeds their issues with respect to mastery, control, dominance, strength, intimidation, authority, and capability only to show their competency. This becomes repetitive and compulsive which leads to a lot of rapes in a short span of time.
  • Sadistic – This is anger and power combined emotion that leads to the imbalance of the person’s mental state resulting in aggression and infliction of pain provides them pleasure. These are usually calculated and planned attempts to rape the victim.
  • Gang rape – With adrenaline running through the veins, groups of young men display sexual violence to show characteristics of manhood. Sexually aggressive peers are those who perform such heinous act.

The most likely offenders are often close to the victim such as a close relative, a friend, a family doctor, or even premature teenagers fall into this category.

You need to have a close relationship with your daughter, sister or any female member of your family to let them open up to you about everything that happens inside and outside the house as a precaution.

Precautions to take

Well, this is where Family Watchdog comes in.

This website is rather not flashy or doesn’t look exciting. A simple website with a search bar and Google empowered map to keep a check geographically.

Family Watchdog provides with recent and accurate information about all the sex offenders in the search criteria. This certainly is a big precaution to help keep your loved ones safe.

This allows you to know the registered offenders and sexual predators in the locality. This also helps with public awareness and what precautions to take in order to stop these heinous acts.

Using the family watchdog site is like a walk in the park; you just need to enter the area you are looking for in the search box and it will display all the offenders.

A free service linked to the law agencies will have updated information on all registered and non-registered sexual offenders including their last known address.

You are always welcome to check the local law enforcement agencies as an additional step to ensure that the data you get using this service is accurate, which will be in almost all cases.

However, it doesn’t stop just yet. You need to keep reviewing this site on a periodic basis for any changes.

Many people think that the area with no such offense is safe, but you are not guaranteed 100% that it will remain the same going forward.

There are options for which you could search offenders:

  • Name
  • Address – street address, city/state zip code
  • School/daycare

The reason for giving school as an option is because of the law.

The law states that sex offenders are not to reside within a certain distance from schools and daycare centers.

Educators and daycare centers will keep a track of any such offenders violating the law and report to the concerned authorities.

Additionally, the map is color coded showing the seriousness of the crime committed.

The familywatchdog color codes are:

  • Red – Offense against a child
  • Yellow – Rape
  • Blue – Sexual Offense
  • Green – Other Offense

You could click on any color that you need to view, and the images and information of the offense and the offender as well.

There are quite a few alerts that you can set up using this website. Family Watchdog provides safety information about FDA alerts, Food Allergies, Product Recalls and Medicine Recalls.

Although, knowing the number of sex offenders in your area may be unsettling but it is always better to be prepared for consequences than regret later on by not doing so.

The interactive blog on their website is something to keep an eye on.

Blogs will be updated by registered users of this website, providing information which may or may not help you right away.

Keep an eye out for such information on a daily or weekly basis if possible. Safety of the family should be your top priority and you cannot pay a price for it.

Another option provided here would be the public records search. This helps provide information on all the residents and the criminals alike in a geographical area.

However, you do have first and last name search option if you have information available.

Final Thoughts

It is always better to be safe than sorry. After all, we earn for food and shelter, then why not make that shelter a secure one.

There are similar websites with such options, but Family Watchdog is vigilant in updating their data on a regular basis.

Information is power today, which is almost free in most aspects for a safe and secure lifestyle; you need to be smart to look in the right places for necessary information.

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What are Your Favourite Casino Movies? https://smarthomessystem.com/favourite-movie/ https://smarthomessystem.com/favourite-movie/#respond Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:48:11 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=595 Everyone loves the movies and everyone loves casinos.  So, there have been many movies made with casinos as a backdrop or as the main venue in the movie.  Since almost all casino-based movies are made by Americans, they almost always take place in Las Vegas.  As we’ll see, however, the best casino movies take place …

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Everyone loves the movies and everyone loves casinos.  So, there have been many movies made with casinos as a backdrop or as the main venue in the movie.  Since almost all casino-based movies are made by Americans, they almost always take place in Las Vegas.  As we’ll see, however, the best casino movies take place elsewhere including at an Aussie casino.

New Ideas in Demand

One interesting aspect of movies with a casino theme is that they don’t age well.  For example, The Sting is based on a scam perpetrated against a greedy gambler in which the outcome of a horse race is delayed long enough to fleece the victim.  The movie relies on banter between the main characters but said banter is wholly a part of the period in which the movie takes place.

The movie Casino was directed by Martin Scorsese which ought to have guaranteed its enduring grasp upon us.  Yet, it’s based in a world without online casinos.  The whole enterprise would collapse if people had the option simply to stay home and gamble on their desktop or mobile device.

Several casino-based movies revolve around a love interest between the gambler (always a guy) and his love interest (always a gal).  Every movie is different in its own way but such casino movies such as Honeymoon in Vegas, Hard Eight, Leaving Las Vegas, and The Cooler are all primarily love stories and not casino or gambling stories.

The Sting was a runaway box office hit in its time but its time has long passed despite it being set in Chicago instead of in Vegas.

International Settings

Casino Jack takes place in Washington.  It is not so much a casino movie as a movie about enormous corruption.

Casino Royale is about as dated as a hit movie can be.  At least it ends up in Montenegro.  The Good Thief is not about a good thief at all but at least it ends up in Monte Carlo.

Owning Mahowny is a bank fraud movie based in Canada.  The greed is pervasive here so it feels like a gambling movie.

Proving Oneself

I love those few casino movies that are really about players taking a challenge and meeting it head on.  So, 21 is one of my favourites.  It’s about students from MIT who figure out how to beat the house.

The Cincinnati Kid is all about Steve McQueen.  He’s one of my short list great actors so I can watch this movie again and again.

Dirty Deeds

Finally, we have reached my all-time favourite casino based movie, Dirty Deeds.  This is not the pimply American high school movie with the same name.  It’s a movie about an Australian making tons of money running illegal pokies in Sydney.

It’s Australia after all, so he continues in this manner for some time as his entire operation remains under the radar.  Then the US Mafia catches wind of his great success and decides to take it all away from him.  They send two gangsters to teach the Aussie a lesson but the Americans are thwarted by Australians being Australians.

So, part of the movie is the Americans completely out of their element in 1960’s Australia.

The gangster element is well-done.  One reason it may not have sold well in the US is that the language and accent are a bit daunting for Americans even as the movie tried to tone it down.

I like the international tone in this movie, the subtle digs it makes at Americans, and its uniquely Aussie flavor.  These three elements seem to contradict each other but the movie works very well as it amalgamates its various elements.

Casinos Have Changed

It could be that with the advent of online casinos it will not be possible to make true to life casino movies anymore.  If that proves to be the case, and Las Vegas gives way to Living Room as the setting for gambling movies, we will cherish the casino movies we do have.  But we are not afraid that movies will lose their story telling luster; the movies always find a way to tell similar stories with new and more modern backdrops.

 

 

 

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Top Mattresses to Bring Instant Sound Sleep https://smarthomessystem.com/mattress-sound-sleep/ https://smarthomessystem.com/mattress-sound-sleep/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:49:45 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=587 Sleep a major part of one’s life we need good sleep so we can wake up next morning very fresh and active. The Major things needed for a good sleep include firstly a long and maximum time of sleep so you can start your next day fully actively and with full zeal. The other thing …

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Sleep a major part of one’s life we need good sleep so we can wake up next morning very fresh and active. The Major things needed for a good sleep include firstly a long and maximum time of sleep so you can start your next day fully actively and with full zeal. The other thing that is basic is of great importance is the mattress. A good mattress means a good sleep and a good sleep means a better wake mindset the next morning. To be precise Mattress should be selected with great care and selection as we humans and every other thing have pros and cons in the same manner the mattresses to have some good and some bad points. A mattress provides comfort, ease and relaxation and a comfortable sleep leads to better health and etc.

 

Mattresses are of different kinds naming a few:

 

Serta 14-inch Gel-Memory Foam Mattress, Queen

Like a mattress having 4 layers that will be good in terms of comfort , it has more usage potential and will be lasting long  and it will generate less heat and keep you in the best temperatures.

And it has cons to as if someone is having the habit of sleeping on the softer mattress will find it hard and difficult to sleep on.

 

GhostBed 11 Inch Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress, KING

It is totally genuine product directly imported from USA and the name says it all on its behalf and its more softer more comfortable and has more heat retention capacity and it’s said that this mattress can change the mindset of the people who don’t like foam and soft mattresses they will start to like it .It too has cons as if you have the habit of sleeping in one position while whole night you will feel this mattress  to be really soft and difficult to sleep on.

 

Lull 10-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress | Cal King Mattress

It is having the best level and layers like it’s not too neither hard nor too soft just perfect in terms of comfort .It made of great quality nor are best for health. This to have cons as some users didn’t found it much useful in terms of comfortable sleep.

 

Tuft & Needle Mattress, Queen CC Sleep with T&N Adaptive Foam, Sleeps Cooler & More Supportive Than Memory Foam Mattress

 

This is also made in USA and so the quality is great and so the manufacturers and it suits almost every kind of people I mean no matter in what position you sleep it’s just too comfortable and relaxing. It’s more firm than the rest.

It has also cons as it’s marked as too firm by many users and is online available for purchase online.

 

Signature Sleep 12 Inch Memory Foam Mattress, King

 

It’s highly comforting and relaxing it is made up of best foam and is also long lasting and of high quality and its eco- friendly in nature and has no such harmful effects regarding health. It has cons too as its too firm at the start of use and takes 48 hours or more to fully expand.

 

Zinus Memory Foam 12 Inch Green Tea Mattress, Queen

 

Its maintenance is very easy it’s highly comforting and is sustainable plus durable and of great quality. Its budget is high and also has cons like being to firm etc.

Conclusion

The mattress range from many shapes sizes having different budget levels but one thing is confirm that they will provide you with comfort ease will last long and are of great quality and will help you sleep in your desired position with ease and will be good for your health giving no harm to your health. Health is wealth and for health your need proper sleep and for proper sleep you need to buy yourself a good mattress so waiting for whom go just buy yourself a mattress and sleep well.

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Portable Infrared Heating – Smart System to Heat Your Home https://smarthomessystem.com/portable-infrared-heating/ https://smarthomessystem.com/portable-infrared-heating/#respond Sun, 31 Dec 2017 14:02:56 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=578 Last winter, in the middle of winter we moved from the sunny part of California to the snowy part of California. We quickly learned that this coming winter we would need to make changes in the heating that we used. I heard about some infrared heating systems like: Amish heaters, then about the Eden Pure, …

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Last winter, in the middle of winter we moved from the sunny part of California to the snowy part of California. We quickly learned that this coming winter we would need to make changes in the heating that we used.

I heard about some infrared heating systems like: Amish heaters, then about the Eden Pure, then about Comfort Zone, then Heat Surge and Sunheat. We choose a Sunheat heater, and I’ll share the reasons why.

Winter heating Options

I have never lived in snow country as an adult. As a kid we lived in Colorado Springs, but daddy shoveled the snow and momma made hot cocoa and we ran around all day playing in the snow working up a sweat. Would love to go there again!

But it’s a entirely different experience dealing with the harsher realities of living in snow country as an adult. There are snow tires and chains to deal with just to get the cocoa, then there’s shoveling snow and god forbid that it should ever happen to you- frozen pipes!

Typically, there are just a few options to heating your home in snow country. The most popular are wood, pellet, oil and electrical/forced air heating.

Wood Heat

Last winter, in the middle of a eight inches of accumulated snow and ice we moved into a manufactured home. Because of the potential fire hazards that wood stoves present, especially for manufactured homes, the insurance is ridiculously high making wood heat an economic impossibility.

While wood heat requires killing trees, it’s still one of the most economical and reliable options for winter heating. And a lot of the fire wood sold around here is surplus from summer fires, so it does have its place in the eco-consciousness of it all.

I love wood heat. For starters, to me there’s something nostalgic and romantic about the smell of wood burning in the winter. It brings up memories of cinnamon cooked apples, smoky air and cold noses. And although no one has set up a workshop dedicated to its soul restoring virtue, splitting wood is one of the best therapies around, especially curative for adolescent boys with their own kind of energy to burn.

 

Wood heat is also all around one of the best options, especially when the electricity goes out – which of course it does – typically at the coldest part of the worst winter storm. Right?

Pellet Stoves

Pellet stoves are another great option. They typically have electronic igniters and pellet dispensers that keep the fire without you having to remember to add wood. They also burn fairly cleanly and easy to maintain.

They are a eco-friendly option to wood since they are made from commercial wood by-products, namely sawdust and particles. In the last few years there has been such a demand for the pellets, stores couldn’t keep enough of them stocked and suppliers couldn’t keep up with the demand. So folks would run to the store as soon as they heard a big storm was on its way and wipe the inventory out. So once again there we are sitting freezing without heat in the middle of the coldest storm of the winter. The only option was to buy a whole pallet of pellets and have it delivered directly to your home, which obviously requires both the space for dry storage and also the upfront cash around $300 last I checked. Not a great option for many middle class families, it certainly wasn’t for us.

Burning The Midnight Oil: Bad for your health and the environment.

 

Then there’s oil monitor heaters. Oil monitors burn kerosene oil. It’s a very popular option here in snow country. For us it was a huge problem. On many levels.

First the cost was outrageous – you are burning oil, kerosene really but definitely a part of the whole petroleum industry. Last winter was heater oil was around $3.50 a gallon – a tank is something like 100+ gallons. Which of course, you will burn. In my mind, as simple as it may be, that translates to burning money.

The oil company won’t come out for less than $400 at a time. So for us that $400 may last two or three months, but they won’t come out once a month to make it affordable for middle class folks on budgets. It’s $400 plus, and since you are pumping gas into the tank, you can go over $400 and the guy won’t stop filling until it’s full. I don’t know if that happens everywhere, but in our neck of the woods its standard practice. What a racket! Can you imagine what it does to those on the elderly and disabled on fixed incomes? Needless to say I wanted out.

Not only are the financial aspects of burning oil a problem, but the residual fumes from the burning oil caused allergic/toxic reactions for us. Burning, running eyes was the most common. It’s winter right? So what do the experts recommend? Open your windows and doors! Insane. Again, I may think in simple terms but I think someone’s making a whole lot of money off this whole system.

 

Propane, while it burns different oil, can present a lot of the same problems with no new advantages.

Electrical Heat & Portable Infrared Heating Systems

Traditional forced air heating is a great option and definitely has its advantages. Too cold? Turn the thermometer up, no problem, any 4 year old can safely work a thermometer right? The problem is more than it is too easy and completely inefficient in most cases. With electricity up to $.14 kHz, this gets expensive quickly.

Space heaters work great for heating very small areas but still aren’t efficient enough to justify using regularly to heat a home.

The new kid on the block is the infrared heating technology. It’s advertised as being the most convenient, economical and eco-responsible option available. This is where I started my research about infrared portable heating.

Electricity or Wood?

I try to do everything I can to be environmentally responsible. Really! I’ve been hand washing ziploc bags (recycle/reuse/reduce) for over a decade now. My kids, now grown, laugh when they visit home. “I forgot about mom’s ziplocs” and laugh as they carefully wash out the plastic baggies.

But when it comes to freezing temperatures just bundling up is risky; pipes freeze and cause major water loss/damage and health issues can arise, etc.

People here burn oil and wood, or use electricity/heat pumps, etc. Geothermal is not yet affordable for most folks. It creates an interesting dilemma for the eco-conscious. So what do you do? Kill trees or burn coal?

What all infrared heating systems have in common

I’m not going to explain the Infrared Heating Technology, I can’t get my head around it. But if you watch the video, it will help you understand a bit more.

What I can tell you is that for the most part, at least according to their specifications, the systems work the same. There are a few subtle differences that from what I have researched really don’t add to much.

Let’s start with what they all have in common:

  1. Infrared heating technology – They use the same basic technology. Some have 3 coils and others 4, it doesn’t seem to affect the heat output.
  2. Safe for kids and pets – since they use infrared heating surface areas don’t get very hot. They all are safe to the touch – no accidental fires and it’s safe for kids and pets. Which of course makes it the safer option above wood or pellet if you have small children around or pets.
  3. 1000 sq.ft & 5,000 BTUs, 1000 watts – They all heat about 1000 sq. feet and put out about 5,000 BTU and use 1000 watts of electricity.
  4. Will not reduce oxygen or humidity – They all use an air filter and do not “dry” the air as traditional heaters, even wood stoves do. So no nosebleeds from dry nasal passages and running electricity from additional humidifiers.
  5. Zone heating – All of the infrared heaters use the concept of zone heating. If you have a large house, or the flow of your house is broken up, you will need several units.
  6. Heat first and maintain temps – If you look further into the websites and advertising you will notice it says “supplemental heating” what this really means is you will need something to get the temperature up in your home but then can use this to maintain. The costs of oil,wood,electricity are minimized because you’re not spending money on cranking out the heat. You will need to get the house up to temperature warmth first and then the heaters will keep it at the same warm comfortable level.

Final Note

I just shared my experience! How do you heat things up? Furnace, Oil Heat, Wood Stove? Do you have a portable infrared heating system? My final statement is, Infrared Heating does not heat like other heaters. It does seem to maintain heat.

Guest Writer : Sam Daniels

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Home Automation – New Age Energy Saver? https://smarthomessystem.com/home-automation-energy-saver/ https://smarthomessystem.com/home-automation-energy-saver/#respond Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:29:20 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=574 Can Home Automation Really Save Energy or is it too many gadgets? There is a lot of usage of the gadgets in every field including home automation systems that have the capability to run on all your energy savings devices. The smart gadgets, lights and air-conditioning, solar power for homes are included in this. In …

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Can Home Automation Really Save Energy or is it too many gadgets?

There is a lot of usage of the gadgets in every field including home automation systems that have the capability to run on all your energy savings devices. The smart gadgets, lights and air-conditioning, solar power for homes are included in this. In general, when you have these many things together, it helps in saving a lot of money in the long run in maintaining a house.

There is an article published by Energy Matters where it stated that the new smart home solutions will play an increasing role in increasing energy savings.

As per the article, the latest gadgets can play a vital role in increasing the energy savings in the long run. What kind of gadgets can be expected here? Talking about the leading smart home automation hub device for its mainstream customers, Wink is bringing Wink Hub 2, a latest version soon.

In other news, Amazon.com, Inc has acquired Blink, a wireless security camera startup. This deal increases the share of Amazon in the highly competitive connected home devices market.

The terms and conditions of the deal aren’t still disclosed, though. Blink said in a statement that it is going to operate as part of Amazon and do the business as it already does.

Blink, founded in 2014, is a venture-capital backed startup which makes home security cameras. Apart from cameras, the company also produces a low-cost video doorbell which allows homeowners to see a live feed of who is at their door. This happens when the home owner takes a look at their smartphones. The products that Blink makes are operated by a battery and are totally wire-free, which makes them relatively easy to set up and maintain with the products that are already available in the market.

Amazon isn’t doing very well in the industry of home automation and is variably underperformed in the industry where it belongs to on a year-to-date basis. There are a few other fields as well where Amazon has stepped into and is doing really well, Amazon Prime Video for example. There are other alternatives for Amazon that are totally free like Showbox. The download of Showbox can’t be done directly and hence we have to download it via apk. Showbox apk helps in downloading it on both mobile PC.

This deal is going to help the company to expand in the connected home devices market. Amazon entered into this business with Echo devices, which were released in the year 2014. The efforts of the company since then to maintain its supremacy in the home automation genre are not going very well.

And recently, Amazon has expanded its connected home lineup with Cloud Cam, which is a security camera that allows Amazon’s delivery workers enter homes to drop off packages when homeowners are away.

Is it too many gadgets?

There is a bewildering array of the gadgets into the market right now in the field of home automation. The key here is to integrate them and then make them easy to use. There is a network called The Internet of Things (IoT) which is a network of physical devices, appliances, vehicles and other items that are embedded with electronics and software. In this network, they all can exchange the data.

But this is not a usage of too many gadgets and this is more like a market where the companies are competing each other making the world a better place with better devices.

 

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A Few Reasons To Choose A Robotic Vacuum Cleaner https://smarthomessystem.com/choose-a-robotic-vacuum-cleaner/ https://smarthomessystem.com/choose-a-robotic-vacuum-cleaner/#respond Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:16:51 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=568 When it comes to robot vacuum cleaners, there are more than a few reasons that you may wish to use one. Thanks to modern technology, modern vacuuming has come to long ways and it can only improve from here. No Need To Drag Heavy Vacuums Around Many people suffer from serious mobility issues. Robotic vacuums …

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When it comes to robot vacuum cleaners, there are more than a few reasons that you may wish to use one. Thanks to modern technology, modern vacuuming has come to long ways and it can only improve from here.

No Need To Drag Heavy Vacuums Around

Many people suffer from serious mobility issues. Robotic vacuums work well and there’s no reason that a person should have to lift or use a heavy vacuum, especially if they’re struggling with mobility issues, arthritis, or other painful medical conditions.

 

Why put more strain on the body when you can simply set it all up and not have to do the manual labor? It’s quick and easy and there’s never the need to lift heavy items.

 

Time Saver

There’s nothing quite like looking at the clock and realizing that company will arrive in moments and there isn’t time to vacuum the house. Thanks to modern technology, this is a way of the past. Today, you can set your robotic vacuum and forget it.

 

Just go about your day and let the vacuum do its job when you’ve programmed it to do so. You can be at work, in another room, or even outside enjoying the great outdoors and your vacuum is going to do its job. Set it, forget it.

 

Adjustable

Your automatic robot will adjust itself to the different surfaces of your home. If it goes from a tiled floor in a kitchen to a carpeted living area it can readily adjust the level without effort. You’ll never have to worry, it’s all automatic.

 

As an added bonus, the vacuum will also detect any dangerous falls such as stairs, walls, and other items that may be blocking the way. No need for you to do a thing, it’s all present and automatic. You can readily adjust your vacuum to go over a high traffic area more often or to deep clean the high traffic area and adjust the cleaning settings. The dirtier the floor, the longer the vacuum will spend going over it for you.

 

This ensures clean floors at all times. It’s effortless on your part and once you’ve set it all up, you can forget it. You don’t even have to be at home.

 

Self-Charging And Low Maintenance

Your robot knows when it needs to recharge and will return to the charging station. You don’t have to put it on the charger it does this all on its own. After each cleaning, it will return to its docking station and automatically recharge.

 

If for any reason the battery is low, it will return and recharge before finishing the job of cleaning your home. It’s very low maintenance when compared to other kinds of vacuums. Just empty it periodically and keep the clutter picked up and it’s off and working for you.

 

Low Profile And Quiet

Automatic robotic vacuums have a low profile and will readily fit into tight spaces with minimal effort. It can get into those hard to reach areas and fit underneath of most furnishings.

 

It’s so quiet that you may not even realize it’s working until you look down and see it moving across the floor. This means that you can answer the phone, hear your favorite program and more while it’s working.

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With no cords to worry about and the fact that it can be connected in with smart homes, you’re all set. Your home will be cleaned while you’re off doing other things.  There are many more great reasons to use the new robotic vacuums including the fact that your home will always be clean. In case you are wondering what would be the best robot to buy, check out the HooverVacuums  review and make an informed choice for yourself!

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