Smart Technology and Phone Apps to Use in Your Apartment
In the past, if you wanted a high-tech home, you had to be ready to throw down some big money – and maybe even make serious changes to your home. Not so anymore. While the home technology industry isn’t new, it’s had somewhat of a resurgence in the past few years as tech has become more capable and driven costs down. Best of all, you don’t need to make renovations to your hoe to install these features. They’re as easy as powering on a device or screwing in a lightbulb.
Keep an Eye on Things With Home Security
Your apartment community is more than likely well secured, but it never hurts to have a little bit of added protection. Consider investing in a few digital security cameras in your home for added peace of mind when you’re not there. While keeping an eye on any unwelcomed guests is probably the main reason people pick up a smart security system, there are other benefits to them, such as the ability to monitor your pets or children when you’re away from home.
Most modern security camera systems offer features such as high-quality video resolution, cloud-based storage, and the ability to view the feed directly from an app on your phone. There are a few different security systems out there, including Canary, Nest, and Samsung SmartCam, and while each offers similar experiences, there are slight differences among them. For best results, you’ll want to do a little research to find the one that works best for your needs.
Use Smart Lights to Set a Scene
It’s easy to underestimate the role that good lighting can have on a home. If you’re used to simply turning your living room lights on and off, prepare to be amazed as you dim the lights, completely changing the ambiance of the room. Better yet, what if you could do all that from your phone? Such is the draw of a smart lighting system, which allows users to change the appearance of a room by the push of a button on their smart phones.
There are a few different smart lighting brands, but the most popular by far is the featured-packed and versatile Philips Hue line of products. From your desk lamp to your ceiling lights, you can control brightness and even color settings directly from your phone. You can even pre-program preferred settings so that the lighting is just right whether you’re waking up or getting home from work. Plus, if you’re not sure if you turned the lights off when you left home, you can do that remotely.
Play Music (and Get Advice) from a Virtual Butler
After being a sci-fi fantasy for years, it’s finally happening: we’re finally getting virtual assistants in our homes. Thanks to products such as the Amazon Echo and the upcoming Google Home, you can now do everything from play your favorite playlist to order a pizza (seriously!) just by asking a small speaker device that sits on your table.
One of the best things about these devices is that the features they have when you take them out of the box aren’t necessarily the only features they’ll have. Thanks to their Internet connectivity, they can receive updates that bring them new features, including the ability to work better with the other smart things in your home.
It’s an exciting time for home technology, and it’s only going to keep getting better. While home tech devices will surely be more impressive in a few years, now is as good a time as any to invest in a smart device and get started in making your home smarter.