With all the technological development we’ve seen in the computer and smartphone industries, it might be somewhat disappointing for some to consider just how little many other devices have evolved. Take things like the lighting in your household for instance. Other than energy saving bulbs, not much has changed at all in the last several years.
But while lamps might still look pretty much the way they always have, that’s not to say there aren’t some clever and more high tech things you can do with them if you know your tech. It’s just a matter of getting your various devices to work together in smart ways…
Introducing Some Interesting Devices and Services
In this article we’re going to learn how you can leverage a few smart pieces of tech in such a way as to automate your home in smart and elegant ways. With very limited technical knowledge and on a small budget you can turn your home into the house of tomorrow.
First though, let’s going over the things you’ll need:
A Smartphone: First you’ll need a smartphone such as an Android or an iPhone. This is going to be the hub that ties everything together and that gives you control over your home. The GPS and SMS functions are also going to play critical roles.
WeMo: WeMo is a device from Belkin that sits between your appliances and your wall socket. That allows it to collect data (such as how much energy you’re using on it) as well as to control the power flow so that you can remotely turn those devices on or off using your smartphone. You may want a couple.
IFTTT: IFTTT is a web app that allows you to connect multiple different online services for enhanced functionality. Here you can set services up as triggers or as results, so one might cause one thing and another might then respond by doing something else. You’ll see an example in a moment…
The Jawbone UP24: This is a fitness tracker that measures your steps and your sleep which you can wear 24/7. It has a clever vibration alarm and it knows what stage of sleep you’re in.
What we’re going to do now, is to set these devices up to work together. Plug the WeMo into everything you control and then active your WeMo, smartphone and Jawbone channels on IFTTT. From here the services will be able to communicate with one another, as well as using their own smart built-in functions. Here are some examples of the things you can then do with that:
- Get your appliances to turn off once they’ve used a set amount of energy (this only requires the WeMo and works great if you research cheap electrical companies as well).
- Get your lights to turn on when you step in through the door (use IFTTT to get the GPS/WiFi connection in your phone to trigger WeMos around your house)
- Get your radio to start playing once you enter a lighter sleep cycle in the morning (use IFTTT to connect Jawbone with WeMo)
- Get the coffee machine to come on in the morning/when you come home from work (Jawbone/Smartphone with WeMo via IFTTT)
- Get the coffee machine to come on when you’ve had a particularly long day (Jawbone and WeMo via IFTTT)
- Get an e-mail telling you how much energy you’ve consumed through particular appliances at certain times of day (WeMo and your smartphone connected through IFTTT)
- Get an e-mail notification whenever you’ve left the house and left an appliance on or have them automatically turn off (GPS and WeMO via IFTTT)
These are just a few of the many things you can do with just a few of the many available gadgets you can use to start making your home more automated and high tech. There are many more options available, it just takes a bit of imagination and the right apps and gadgets working together in unison. Want a more high tech home? Then it’s up to you to make it happen!
Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.