Remember the Jetsons, that futuristic family from the popular ’60s cartoon? Their house had all types of neat gadgets and gizmos that you probably wished for in your own life. Believe it our not, today’s tech is making these “homes of the future,” accessible now — and it’s more practical than you might think.
In today’s post, we’re taking a look at some recent smart home innovations. Make coffee with a voice command or turn off the lights from the grocery store! You might be surprised to learn that these kind of smart technologies are actually increasing the value of homes, making them more attractive to potential buyers.
- Ring Doorbell – A motion-activated video doorbell system with an app that enables you to see and even speak to visitors at your door from anywhere. Also available for use within your home, for security.
Cost: $99 – $249
- Smart Light Bulb – Dimmable, Wi-Fi-enabled LED light bulbs that allow you to change lighting from anywhere — even while away from home — using an electronic devise of smart speakers.
Cost: $10 – $12 per bulb
- TP-Link Smart Plug – Wi-Fi enabled adapter that you can plug appliances like your coffee maker into, so you can turn them on and off from an app on your smartphone.
Cost: $15 – $17
- Nest Thermostat – A sleek thermostat you can control from your phone or table to adjust your heating and air. This device learns the climate of your home, automatically adjusting the temperature when conditions change.
Cost: $170 – $235
- Smart Speakers – Smart speakers like Google Home or Amazon Echo can use Wi-Fi to sync with your smart electronics, allowing you to use voice commands to lower the lights, turn on the heat or even make your morning cup of coffee.
Cost: $50 – $200