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Alexa, Should I Upgrade My House?

Home Automation Image Courtesy of HGTV
Home Automation Image Courtesy of HGTV

We’ve all had those moments. You’re lying in bed, or slouched comfortably on the couch, and you’ve found that perfect position that you never want to move an inch from. Sadly, however, life always seems determined to ruin that moment as quickly as possible. From making you get up to turn the lights off, close your living room blinds, research fun facts about the TV show you’re binging on Netflix, or even getting up to order food. Thankfully, in recent years several major players in the Tech industry have taken in interest in Home Automation, and that means that for a price, you too can order a pizza, turn off the lights or close the blinds without ever moving an inch from your bed, as well as much more!

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Invest on a High-End Wifi Router or Wifi Mesh Device

The most popular choice so far in Home Automation is the Amazon Echo, also known as Alexa, is a small AI program that, once you go through the process of hooking it up appropriately, can do incredible things, from ordering products off of Amazon to be shipped to your door, answering questions you might have, play your eBooks, or even log the calories from your meals! And, yes, it can also order you pizza from the restaurant of your choice, as long as they have an online ordering service. So, if you’re feeling like some Domino’s or Pizza, you’re going to be very happy with Alexa.

But why stop there? Why stop with Amazon Echo, when you could even have a self-learning thermostat that observes your habits and temperature preferences, and adjust the temperature in your home accordingly? Some of these smart thermostats, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, can even learn when you’re at home and when you’re away to adjust accordingly! After a little while, you won’t even need to touch your thermostat to be comfortable, it will just know!

But again, why stop at a smart thermostat, when you could even have a smart door? Or, more accurately, a smart lock. August is developing one such lock for your home, and this has incredible abilities. This lock allows you to lock and unlock your door from your phone, so you never have to question is you left your front door unlocked again! You can create virtual keys that are controlled by you so your guests can let themselves in when needed, and you can even hook it into your camera system to see and speak with visitors!

So, if you’re considering taking a leap into the future like Fly from Futurama, and you don’t mind paying for it, there are so many easy-to-use, versatile options right at your fingertips that will allow you to turn your home into a true smart home!

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