It goes without saying that this generation’s lives and homes have evolved due to technological innovation. Consequently, our lives are richer, more exciting, and more connected than ever before. We’re able to video chat with loved ones 3000 miles away, and even earn a college diploma from the comfort of our living room. It’s an exciting time filled with opportunities and luxuries that this generation’s parents (and grandparents) certainly did not have.
Technology is improving life at home, and we see families safely adopting numerous devices and technological innovations, creating a richer and more efficient home life. After all, we do live in the era of automation and processes.
Here’s a list of six must-have tech solutions for the smart home that every family needs. It’s about time we simplify our lives!
Believe the hype. Nest has easily become the hottest smart home accessory since its launch in 2011. It’s so much more than a thermostat – it actually learns any and all adjustments you make and eventually starts making changes for you. Nest can be accessed via the device or through your app. This means that if you want to sleep in on Saturday morning, you can simply amp up the heat through the Nest app while still in your toasty bed. It also has a cool bonus feature, if you have people in your home you don’t trust, you can simply lock the Nest with a PIN so only you can change the temperature.
Digital Slow Cooker
Families are always looking to make cooking simpler. Instead of taking shortcuts and sacrificing quality, a digital slow cooker will do the heavy lifting for you. The Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker is a top pick because you have access to all your slow cooker’s functions through an app. The app lets you receive reminders, change the cook time, adjust the cooking temperature, and check the status of your dish so you can come home to a perfectly cooked meal. So if you’re running late, there’s no need to worry. Plus, less cooking time means more family time!
Worried about the new puppy chewing up the couch? Keep tabs on your pets with The Petcube Camera, a wifi home camera for pet owners. It allows you to watch, talk to, and play with your pets through the built-in laser pointer. Having a fur baby that your kids have dreamed of has never been easier!
It’s the age of the robot, and thankfully those robots are helping with tedious, time-consuming housework. Robot vacuums like Roomba alleviates a chore that families really dislike – vacuuming. It drives itself around the home, leaving clean, spotless floors. A major win for the entire family.
Bluetooth Electric Toothbrush
Brushing your teeth is imperative for the health of your family, and an obligatory morning and evening task. Thanks to technological innovation, wave goodbye to data-less oral hygiene. Oral-B developed an electric toothbrush that connects to an app. The app provides real-time feedback on your brushing, so you’ll know if you’re brushing too hard, brushing long enough, and will even tell you if your brushing habits have improved over time. Now this is something that kids and adults can get excited about.
Sleep is one of the most important five letter words. A well-rested family is a happy family. Getting a good night’s rest allows us to restore and rejuvenate. It Bed has improved the way we sleep with its innovative bed. It measures movements and molds itself to the body. Plus, it offers suggestions to improve your sweet slumber. The best part, each half of the bed is adjustable, so you and your significant other can tweak the mattress to satisfy specific needs. Now that’s some smart sleep tech your family will love.
Diana Aquino is a Marketing and Project Management professional with extensive experience in mobile, app analytics, and marketing strategy. She’s worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, helping apps reach top ranks. You can reach her on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.