For door­bells, lights, wa­ter leaks, smarter is bet­ter

Orlando Sentinel - - STYLE & HOME -

COM­MEN­TARY back away. “Guilty,” I say. No deny­ing I have vi­o­lated the re­strain­ing or­der cer­tain fam­ily mem­bers who shall re­main un­named have placed against me. I am for­bid­den from op­er­at­ing the TV re­motes. When­ever I do, the tele­vi­sion and all its var­i­ous com­po­nents (again, why?) lurch into in­op­er­a­ble modes, elic­it­ing bad lan­guage from same name­less fam­ily mem­bers. My name is used in vain.

“I was just try­ing to turn off the TV since no one was watch­ing,” I say.

“First of all, you were point­ing with the wrong end of the re­mote. It goes this way,” says the voice. It’s no use. What hap­pened to the days when you got up and turned the TV on and off with one knob?

Faced with new tech­nol­ogy, I’m like a farm dog on Wall Street, will­ing to work but out of my el­e­ment. If it were up to me, and good thing it isn’t, we’d still have crank up cars and men de­liv­er­ing ice blocks for the ice box and coal for the fur­nace.

Yet the world in­ven­tively marches on.

Rec­og­niz­ing my lim­i­ta­tions and my obli­ga­tion to tell you about the lat­est smart home tech­nol­ogy, I tap some­one who knows way more than I do. I call my techno-trend-track­ing friend and life­style ex­pert Kathryn Emery. This same woman built my Bit­moji. You want to talk about life-chang­ing.

“Smart home is def­i­nitely hav­ing its mo­ment, and that trend will con­tinue to el­e­vate as peo­ple look for ways to make life more con­ve­nient at home with tech­nol­ogy,” says Emery.

“But can a home be too

LIFX

Imag­ine what the ’80s would have been like with these LED smart lights from LifX. They let you con­trol the color and bright­ness of the lights in your home from your phone.

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