Until a few years ago, turning your home into a smart home came with a hefty price tag. As installing home automation systems required breaking out walls and pulling cables, smart homes were reserved mainly for people who were yet to build their house. Fortunately, today's smart home apps simply use wireless connections, and they’re much more affordable to boot. What’s more, the offer is more versatile than ever. Have a gander at the best smart home apps 2017 has to offer!
1. Everybody loves Alexa
When Alexa took centre stage at CES 2017, it was love at first sight for almost everyone who attended the fair that day. Amazon’s virtual assistant is always in for a chat and knows the answer to pretty much all your questions. What was it again your partner asked for Christmas? How long does it take to cook a perfectly soft-boiled egg? While you’re enjoying your egg, Alexa goes over the day’s stock prices with you. And yes, you can even connect Alexa to your home appliances so you can control them remotely. On your way home and so hungry you could eat a horse? Give Alexa a call and she’ll be happy to preheat the oven for you.
2. Always keep a watchful eye thanks to Project Nursery
No parent likes leaving their baby alone. Still, it’s impossible to have your eyes glued to your child all the time. Unless ... you’ve installed Project Nursery’s Video Baby Monitor System. The so-called Mini Monitor, which is so small you can carry it around your wrist, is wirelessly connected to a camera (or four, if you wish) installed in your child's bedroom. In addition to a night vision camera, the Video Baby Monitor System includes a temperature sensor and can even play lullabies.
3. Nobody’s home, but someone’s feeding the cat
Finding a pet sitter isn’t always easy, and most cats and dogs don’t like being taken out of their homes. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you have to ask your mother-in-law to come feed your pet every day while you’re away. The SmartFeeder, which can store up to 3.5 kg of feed, automatically feeds your pet at predetermined times or whenever you decide it needs feeding. It even calculates the ideal serving size based on your pet’s age and weight. Every time your dog or cat has been fed, or in case supply is running low, the SmartFeeder alerts you via text message.
4. Pimp your smart meter with the fifthplay cube
Contrary to what the term suggests, the so-called smart meter – which will be mandatory in every house in Flanders from 2019 onwards – isn’t all that smart. It neither keeps track of your historical usage nor allows you to consult its readings via your smartphone. That is, unless you hook it up to the fifthplay cube! The gateway collects your usage data and analyses it in the cloud. You can then consult it anytime and anywhere using the app.
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