How is tech­nol­ogy chang­ing the way we live?

Shepparton News - SN Local Real Estate - - OPEN HOMES AND AUCTIONS -

Twenty or thirty years ago, it would have been al­most im­pos­si­ble to imag­ine the kind of tech­nol­ogy the av­er­age Aus­tralian has ac­cess to to­day. We have iPhones and smart TVs, GPS nav­i­ga­tion and fit­ness watches – and now, the tech rev­o­lu­tion is also trans­form­ing our homes.

Once the stuff of fu­tur­is­tic sci-fi films, smart liv­ing is an ev­ery­day re­al­ity in thou­sands of homes across the coun­try – and nowa­days the sky is the limit when it comes to mak­ing our homes fully au­to­mated and in­te­grated at ev­ery level.

En­ter­tain­ment

Turn your en­tire home into a party palace with a multi-zone au­dio sys­tem con­trolled by a swipe of your smart­phone. The lat­est in-home au­dio sys­tems are con­trolled with touch-screens and mo­bile apps and are de­signed to min­imise in­stal­la­tion has­sles by op­er­at­ing through the use of wire­less tech­nolo­gies like Blue­tooth and wi-fi – so you no longer need to drill holes and run ca­bles through­out the house.

You could also in­stall a home the­atre sys­tem that turns your spare room into a cin­ema, and con­trol the lights, sur­round sound and movie play­back from the com­fort of your re­cliner.

Light­ing and cli­mate con­trol

Home light­ing has evolved from the sim­ple dim­mer switch to fully au­to­mated smart sys­tems, which en­able you to brighten or dim any room with a sin­gle de­vice and can even be set up to re­spond to your daily ac­tiv­i­ties.

Some de­vices al­low you to light the room ac­cord­ing to whether you’re cook­ing, watch­ing TV or hav­ing a nap. Con­trols in rooms can be tucked away dis­creetly so they don’t in­ter­fere with your dé­cor, or you can op­er­ate the en­tire sys­tem from one main touch-screen.

Mak­ing the switch to L.ED light­ing

Cli­mate con­trol sys­tems op­er­ate in a sim­i­lar man­ner, al­low­ing you to cus­tomise the tem­per­a­ture through­out your home – zone by zone.

Us­ing timers, sen­sors and ther­mostats, smart cli­mate sys­tems en­sure you’re liv­ing in com­fort year-round and can in­clude win­dow-cov­er­ing tech­nol­ogy to en­hance the ef­fect and ef­fi­ciency of air­con­di­tion­ers and heaters. Th­ese tech­nolo­gies can also help home­own­ers smooth out their quar­terly en­ergy bills and re­duce their en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact by con­nect­ing to so­lar pan­els and rain­wa­ter tanks.

Se­cu­rity

Smart tech­nolo­gies are rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing our home in­clud­ing wire­less cam­eras that ro­tate 360 de­grees, au­to­matic door and win­dow locks, video door­bells and alarm sys­tems which can all be in­te­grated to give you a se­cu­rity sys­tem to ri­val Fort Knox. You can even check in on your se­cu­rity cam­eras via your smart­phone. What­ever smart se­cu­rity sys­tem you choose, they can help re­as­sure you when you can’t be at home and help you to feel safe when you are.

The new mean­ing of “re­mote con­trol”

Re­mote con­trol is not what it once meant, with to­day’s tech­nol­ogy be­ing con­trolled through a mo­bile de­vice. You can log in while on hol­i­day so you can open and close the cur­tains each day to cre­ate the im­pres­sion some­one is home. Or you can en­sure the home pre-heated or cooled to per­fec­tion ready for you to walk through the door of a night.

Many smart home sys­tems will also no­tify you if any­thing out-of-the-or­di­nary oc­curs while you’re not home, such as a door or win­dow be­ing left open.

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