If you would have told a family back in the early 1920s that in the future, homes would be able to be smart and follow the homeowner’s commands, they would have looked at you like you were crazy. The interesting fact about smart homes is that initially, they were simply ideas, not actual living spaces. All the greatest inventions and discoveries by the world’s greatest inventors and visionaries, started out as ideas right? Well, the same thing applies to the idea of smart homes.
The Jetsons Had It Right All Along…
For many decades, the idea of home automation has captivated the world of science fiction. Take a look at one of the most famous cartoons that explored home automation is The Jetsons. The Jetsons debuted in 1962 in primetime on the ABC network and was actually the first show to be broadcast in color. This futuristic cartoon was spot-on with a lot of the technology in the show and a lot of the technology seen in the show, we use today! Not bad for a show that debuted in 1962 but was set in 2062. Some of the technology used in the show included:
- Video Calling: Apps like Skype, Facetime, and Google Duo have allowed consumers to talk to family and friends as well as conduct business all while seeing them in real-time. Video calling is used a lot of times instead of going to business meetings.
- Robot Vacuums: The Jetsons were able to have the luxury of minimal housework due to their robot vacuum. The robot vacuum the Jetsons had is the equivalent to Today’s Roomba. Just like in the Jetsons, the Roomba was battery operated and utilized sensors to avoid bumping into furniture.
- Robot Assistants: Rosie was the Jetsons’ rolling and talking robot. She handled all the chores of the house and kept the family organized. The equivalent of that today would be Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant.
The brilliant minds behind this amazing cartoon have definitely contributed to the world’s advancements in technology. Although the world has a long way to go before the invention of flying cars and conveyor belts in the home, the world is making big strides in creating smart homes to make home life much easier and convenient for families all over the world.
Making Your Home a Smart Home
So what exactly is the “it factor” that makes a home smart? To get straight to the point, the answer to that question is the internet. Things like your air conditioner, thermostat, and lights can be controlled by a mobile device and as long as those things are connected to the internet, it can make your home be considered as a smart home.
It can seem quite daunting to go through the set up of turning your home into a smart home but once you do it, life at home is so much easier… take it from the Jetsons… life is so much better when your home is smart!
Now, you can easily buy a plethora of different components like security cameras, speakers, and other smart knick-knacks and connecting everything to a hub that allows the components to communicate with each other and with you but doing so can get very expensive and it can mean spending lots of time setting everything up.
The reality is, a few basic and cost-efficient necessities can give you the same smart home experience as would the higher end expensive products. Just remember, the most important part of connecting all the components with you is to make sure you have a strong and fast internet connection as well as a good wireless router that can get to every nook and cranny of your home… without it, your house won’t be smart at all. Here are some of the basic essentials needed to make your home a smart home.
Select the Assistant You Want
When it comes to voice-controlled virtual assistants, there are quite a few to choose from. If you have Apple products, you’ll probably want to stick with Siri but Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa are great options as well. They make it easy to control some of the basic household activities like turning on the lights or playing music. By simply saying “Hey Siri, play American Woman by Lenny Kravitz” or “Alexa what time is it?” your home is virtually interacting with you.
Get a Smart Audio System For Multiple Rooms
The cool thing about audio systems in smart homes is that they have capabilities to stream music from any room in your house where you have a speaker. Not only do these speakers play streaming music but they also have capabilities to completely change your TV and movie-watching experience. If you stream TV and movies from a streaming device, you can get a soundbar for any room and have the capabilities to enjoy smooth playback with zero buffering.
Make Your Home Safe With Smart Security Cameras
No one ever wants to feel unsafe in their own home and that’s why having smart security cameras installed can give you that added feeling of safety when you’re at home and even when you’re away from home. Indoor security cameras will allow you to keep an eye on your children as well as pets.
Outdoor cameras will allow you to catch unwanted visitors in the act… once you get notified of an intruder, an alarm will go off and hopefully discourage the intruders from coming back, since they’d quickly find out that they’re being watched. Psychology Today states that home is where you’re supposed to feel safe and that includes feeling safe emotionally too. If you feel that your home isn’t safe, it can take a major toll on your overall health.
Light Your Home With Smart Lighting
If nothing else at all that’s “smart” in someone’s home, the main thing that people want is smart lighting. There are lots of smart lighting systems that work well and communicate with other smart home components without a hub. There are even certain bulbs that communicate very well over Wi-Fi, while others communicate better via Bluetooth.