I don’t know about you but when I was growing up two of my favorite television shows were The Jetsons and Star Trek. As a child, I dreamed of a day that the things they portrayed would become reality. I have been on this ride called Earth for a little over fifty years now and the things that were not when I was a child have become reality.
For me it started a couple of years ago when I got a smart Wi-Fi thermostat. I downloaded the app to my iPhone and poof — I was in command of monitoring and controlling my air conditioner from anywhere in the world!
A couple of months ago it was Amazon Prime Day and Amazon’s Alexa was available for half price, so I decided I needed a new toy. I wish I hadn’t waited so long. The first thing I did was connect my smart thermostat to her and I’m now able to control my thermostat with my voice, not to mention all the other cool things Alexa can do… streaming music, shopping lists, to do lists, and scheduling reminders all voice powered.
The latest and greatest new gadget in my house is the addition of a Nest Wireless Camera. Talk about cool with just a quick click of another app — I can look in my house at any time. This provides me with peace of mind should anyone enter my home that shouldn’t be there I will have the bad guys on video. The set up for the camera was quick and easy and the installation was as simple as if you were plugging anything else into a standard wall outlet.
I just ordered my next Nest product which is the Smart Smoke Detector. Talk about slick… this thing talks to you versus the old fashioned annoying beep. What sold me is that you can once again use voice control for the unit, so if you’re like me, I can tell it that it is there is not a fire and that I’m only cooking.
The next items I’ll be adding are smart light switches that can be connected to another app or to Alexa. If you don’t want to go the route of smart switches they have smart light bulbs as well as a light bulb combo which has a built in speaker. If you so desire, you can wire your whole home for sound completely wirelessly, and yes, you can name each bulb and voice control it. There are also options out there for keyless locks, garage doors and video doorbells. I think we can safely say that the future of home automation is here.
What I really want you to understand is that we are rapidly becoming experts in the home automation field. We can assist you along the path of placing you in complete control of your home with a smart device and the power of your own voice. I just want to know when we’ll be getting our flying cars and self-folding laundry.
House Whisperer out!!
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