SMART LIV­ING

From the kitchen to the bath­room, tech­nol­ogy at home is mak­ing life eas­ier and smarter. Here’s all you need to know.

India Today - - THIS & THAT / TECH - By HOME TEAM

Let’s face it tech­nol­ogy isn’t re­stricted to just TVs and smart­phones. To­day it has in­vaded al­most all as­pects of our life. In fact, most peo­ple are us­ing Smart Home Au­to­ma­tion to do just about any­thing over the in­ter­net. We are talk­ing about switch­ing on your air con­di­tion­ing be­fore you en­ter your home, draw­ing the cur­tains at a pre-set time, even turn­ing the lights a hue con­ducive to your mood from your tablet. Ex­perts sug­gest that there are two types of smart home con­sumers—those who want spe­cific gad­gets to solve par­tic­u­lar prob­lems and those who en­vi­sion a to­tally in­te­grated smart home. Here are a few key ar­eas in your home that have turned gizmo-friendly.

SAFE AND SOUND

Let’s start with home se­cu­rity. There are video door­bells that al­low you to view the per­son at the other end. Then there are CCTVs from com­pa­nies such as D-link, CP Plus and Net­gear that can be placed both in­side and out­side the home. There are apps that let you view real time what’s go­ing on in your home, no mat­ter where you are. Some even de­tect mo­tion and send an alert.

IN­TEL­LI­GENT DE­VICES

Smart de­vices like the Google Home and Alexa from Ama­zon Echo al­low users to play mu­sic, search the in­ter­net, map a trip or even hear weather pre­dic­tions. Calls, mes­sages, cal­en­dar man­age­ment, sport scores, to-do shop­ping lists and com­pat­i­ble smart lights (such as Philips Hue that is com­pat­i­ble with Google Home) can be con­trolled through th­ese de­vices.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

From mo­tion-sen­sor light to lights that can be con­trolled with your smart­phone, there are a lot of op­tions to ex­plore in smart light­ing cat­e­gory. One of the best in the mar­ket is from Philips Light­ing. Their pre­mier prod­uct Philips Hue is the next gen­er­a­tion of light­ing in­no­va­tion that has re­de­fined the pos­si­bil­i­ties of LED tech­nol­ogy by in­te­grat­ing the dig­i­tal light source with the In­ter­net of Things con­cept. “Philips Hue is the ul­ti­mate con­nected home light­ing sys­tem that en­ables

you to truly cus­tomise your light­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at home. With a swipe on their smart­phone, the Philips Hue app en­ables con­sumers to ex­pe­ri­ence light in new and in­no­va­tive ways—from sync­ing your lights with the colours on your TV screen as you watch a movie, to a light show puls­ing with the beat of your favourite mu­sic, or even sync­ing to a fit­ness wrist­band for light to in­di­cate when you’ve reached your per­sonal goal,” says Su­mit Pad­makar Joshi, Vice Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Philips Light­ing In­dia, adding, “It is also com­pat­i­ble with all lead­ing smart home hubs, in­clud­ing Ap­ple HomeKit, Google Home and Ama­zon Echo, help­ing con­sumers in­te­grate all their smart de­vices in one place.”

BATH BEAUTY

Tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced bath­room tools such as colour ther­apy, touch ther­apy, mu­sic ther­apy, chromo ther­apy and rain­fall sys­tem are very com­mon. Wire­less tech­nol­ogy is also be­come pop­u­lar. There are also easy-to-use fea­tures such as pho­to­cells and sen­sors, which are in­te­grated into elec­tronic con­trolled mixer taps for a hands-free uti­liza­tion. Prod­ucts can also be eas­ily ac­ti­vated through dig­i­tal con­trols that take place elec­tron­i­cally, through the var­i­ous dig­i­tal in­ter­faces and dis­plays found next to the taps or show­ers.

Tech­nol­ogy is here to stay, it is up to you how best you want to use it to make life eas­ier.

LIGHT UP Philips Hue gives you the op­tion to choose any shade of light that catches your fancy

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