The Rise of Smart Tech
The world of smart tech is growing fast. In fact, it might not be long before there’s little technology or gadgets in our home that aren’t considered “smart”. But what tech can we already add to our homes to bring more intelligent control and convenience to our lives?
The list is surprisingly expansive, so we wanted to break down some of the biggest and most powerful smart gadgets available right now. The tech we are about to list shows a glimpse at the future, but it also shows how powerful technology is right now, in the present day.
If you’re interested in anything we feature, you can find out how much it costs, and also if it’s available for cheaper through Techscheme at the end of the article.
Advances in Smart Home Tech
The biggest category for smart tech is for the gadgets found in the home. It makes sense, it’s where we spend the most time using electronics like washing machines, fridges, or even just our central heating control. There are smart variants for all of this technology, but it goes even further than just that. Let’s take a closer look at the biggest smart tech gadgets that can now be found in the home.
The Smart Fridge
Let’s start with the biggest piece of smart tech you can probably get your hands on, and often the most expensive. The smart fridge is something that most people are yet to adopt, but it’s a window into the future of the kitchen.
For example, the LG GSX961NSVZ costs £1399 from Currys and it features a number of smart features. The most prominent has to be the Instaview display, which showcases what’s inside your fridge so that you don’t have to open it.
You can also control the temperature from your phone for both the freezer and fridge sections, so that you can freeze or defrost your food quicker.
Going from the biggest in scale to what might be the smallest, next we have smart lighting. Although small in size, smart lighting may have the biggest impact on convenience to your life at home and it has quickly become one of the most adopted smart home gadgets available.
It can be a little pricey to get started with smart lighting, but it’s well worth the investment. Take the Philips Hue A60 White & Colour B22 Starter Kit for example. It costs £169.99 at retail price but you get three smart bulbs, a dimmer switch, and the all-important Philips Hue bridge which allows all lights to be able to communicate with your smartphone or smart assistant.
Once everything has been set up, you can set the mood with the tap of a button to dim your lights, change lighting colour, or create timers so that different settings are applied automatically at different times.
Another popular smart tech option in the UK are smart thermostats. With a smart thermostat, you have more control over your heating. You can set schedules and automate temperature changes so that you save money and stay cosy when you want to.
Perhaps the most popular smart thermostat worldwide is the Google Nest Learning Thermostat, which retails for £199. With the Nest Learning Thermostat installed, algorithms are used to learn about when and why you change the temperature of your heating. After a week of manual use, the thermostat will automatically apply rules based on your behaviour. It’s very smart and it can be a convenient way to save on energy.
Smart plugs are one of the cheapest options and a smart way to save on your electricity bill. You can get a TP-LINK Kasa HS110 V2.1 smart plug for £24.99. With this WiFi enabled smart plug, you can monitor your power usage and switch off the plug remotely from a smart home assistant or smartphone. Imagine being able to switch off every plug in your house with the tap of a button? The energy savings and convenience would be remarkable.
You can also set timers so that a smart plug automatically switches off after a certain time. Useful for when you want to charge your phone but want to make sure it doesn’t keep draining power after you’ve hit 100% battery.
Smart doorbells like the £179 Ring Video Doorbell 2 provide two major features. Firstly, you can see who is at your door from the Ring smartphone app. Secondly, you can remotely answer your door through video - this could be useful for shooing away unwanted guests or answering the door whilst you’re away from the home. You can also get alerts when somebody comes near your door.
Tying it All Together - Smart Home Voice Control
Whilst all of the smart tech in this article can be controlled via your smartphone, you can make it even easier by picking up a smart home assistant. You can find assistants from Amazon, Google, and Apple. For example, the £89 Google Home speaker allows you to control all Google Assistant enabled smart tech, ask for details about the weather, play music, set timers, check schedules, and much more. The majority of the features available on your phone’s smart assistant can be accessed through the Google Home speaker by using your voice.
Summary and Pricing
As you can see, the future of a fully automated smart home is just over the horizon, but the world of smart tech is already quite impressive. Like most tech, you can expect the pricing to drop as technology is developed and becomes more mainstream. For now, though, you can save on most of the smart home tech featured in this article by buying through Techscheme. Learn how much you could save below.
|Google Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Gen||£199||£23.88||£175.12|
|Ring Video Doorbell 2||£179||£21.48||£157.52|
|Philips Hue A60 White & Colour B22 Starter Kit||£169.99||£20.40||£149.59|
|Google Home Speaker||£89||£10.68||£78.32|
|TP-LINK Kasa HS110 V2.1 Smart Plug||£24.99||£3.00||£21.99|
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