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India Today - - CONTENTS - By SPENTA JASSAWALA AND ANANYA SRI­VAS­TAVA

From intelligen­t lights to smart WCs, home au­to­ma­tion has changed the way we live

Is there too much sun­light get­ting in from that west-fac­ing win­dow? Pro­gramme your smart blinds to close when­ever you want each day. Walk into your home and with the right voice com­mand, switch on ev­ery­thing from the light, to the air con­di­tioner. Pre­fer a re­mote? Use that to tell your re­frig­er­a­tor or TV to play music or read out the news. Or bet­ter yet, use your smart­phone from any­where on the globe to lock-un­lock the door, keep a watch on the go­ing-ons in a home and check your car­bon foot­print. No, this is not out of a sci-fi movie, but a re­al­ity that home­own­ers are only too happy about. With the in­ter­net of things (IoT) tak­ing over our lives, home au­to­ma­tion has made living sim­pler and smarter. To­day, we are in an age where al­most ev­ery­one can af­ford home au­to­ma­tion de­vices, cus­tomised to their bud­gets and needs. Here’s a look at a few of the smart in­no­va­tions for your home.

IN THE RIGHT LIGHT

Till a few years ago the height of smart light­ing was mo­tion sen­sor lights. While that re­mains, to­day the smart bulb has changed the game. Take for in­stance Lu­mious’ 9W SmartGlo LED Bulb. Its fea­tures in­clude colour change (you can choose from 16 mil­lion colours) through your smart­phone and wire­less con­trol. You can also con­trol the in­ten­sity of the light.

SWITCH TO A SMART LIFE

An­other great op­tion is the Prima+ by Hogar, a next gen­er­a­tion au­to­ma­tion con­troller that al­lows users to con­trol the on/ off switch or dim lights, fans and mo­tion sen­sors. Paired de­vices can be con­trolled via the smart­phone us­ing the Hogar app or voice con­trolled via Ama­zon Alexa or Google As­sis­tant.

STAY SAFE

Smart CCTV cam­eras such as Net­gear’s Arlo Pro help keep your loved ones safe. Fea­tures in­clude HD video, two-way au­dio night vi­sion, smart mo­tion recog­ni­tion and smart siren. The cam­era can also be con­trolled via an app on your phones or tablets. You can also opt for Crab­tree Smart Living (a unit of Havells In­dia) where the au­to­ma­tion so­lu­tion lets users con­trol their houses (and stay se­cure) even from re­mote lo­ca­tions.

WASH WARE

Step into the new age of bath­rooms with prod­ucts equipped with state-of-the-art­tech­nol­ogy. There’s Grohe Sen­sia Arena WC that can be con­trol­lable via the smart phone or a re­mote con­trol. Equally high tech is the DTV+ show­er­ing sys­tem from Kohler that trans­forms your bath­room. It even has a built-in voice con­trol and is com­pletely cus­tomis­able with the help of the Kohler Kon­nect app.

With the sec­tor scal­ing new heights of lux­ury and tech­no­log­i­cal and com­bin­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence with aes­thet­ics, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are vir­tu­ally lim­it­less.

Pho­to­graph by CHANDRADEE­P KU­MAR

GIZMOS GAGA (anti-clockwise from left) DTV+ shower from Kohler; the SmartGlo LED Bulb from Lu­mi­nous; au­to­ma­tion so­lu­tion by Crab­tree

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