Can wearables control my smart home?
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.