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