Can wear­ables con­trol my smart home?

Australian T3 - - HOME - NICK ODANTZIS REPLIES: JACK I, FITZROY

Smart­watches are a much more nat­u­ral (although still not ideal) way of in­ter­act­ing with your smart home. As neat as it is be­ing able to con­trol your lights with a smart­phone, it’s of­ten not the most ef­fi­cient way to do things. You’ve got to find your phone, un­lock it, open the app, then change the de­sired set­ting. That’s a few too many pro­cesses for our lik­ing!

Thank­fully both Siri and Google As­sis­tant are start­ing to play nice with your smarthome de­vices. For ex­am­ple, if you ar­rive home, the lights are all off and your phone is in your bag, sim­ply raise your wrist and say, “Hey Siri, turn my lights on”. Hey presto, in­stant il­lu­mi­na­tion. Now pic­ture this: you’re sit­ting on the sofa, it’s a lit­tle cold and your smart­phone is up­stairs. No prob­lem – sim­ply ask Google on your An­droid watch to turn your heat­ing up.

Yes, you could also do this by open­ing the app on your smart­watch, but we find voice com­mands are faster and more nat­u­ral. Most of the ma­jor brands are sup­ported, in­clud­ing Hue, Nest and Ne­tatmo, but it’s worth check­ing out a com­pat­i­bil­ity list be­fore mak­ing any big pur­chases.

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