Smart gadgets for your home that will make your daily life easier

Smart home gadgets make the day to day running of your home easier and makes you more comfortable. They can save you money and time up to 30-60 minutes every single day. 

If you’re looking to make your life easier, check out these smart home gadgets to automate your life. 

1. Devices with Virtual Assistants

Amazon, Google and Apple, with their virtual assistant technology have devised automation interfaces for devices that will make nearly every household task—from home security to turning the lights on and off—accessible via voice command or remotely. Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri will  do everything from reading out the news, reminding you of events and appointments and making and tracking your shopping list to even preparing for your arrival at home by turning the AC, brewing a cup of coffee and even feeding your pet. Remember to choose the appliances that fit into the ecosystem of your choice by checking their compatibility on the spec sheet.

2. Drip irrigation systems for plants

The pandemic gave birth to many new plant parents, but with most of us resuming work or revenge travelling, our house plants are feeling the brunt of it all. Trust Basket (an online gardening store) has a fix. Their DIY irrigation kits will allow you to set us a drip irrigation system at home for up to 100 plants. You can set up the system depending on your garden’s layout. All you need is a tap to get it working. There is also a power-operated system by Kollea that will monitor how much water the plants are getting, ensuring you don’t overwater them.

3. August Smart Lock

When the "key" to your house is on your phone, though, or entered into a keypad, you don't need to worry as much about the possibility of untrustworthy people entering unnoticed. When you upgrade the deadbolt on your door with the August Smart Lock, you'll get greater control over who enters your home and when. Create temporary virtual keys for guests who are scheduled to arrive at prearranged times, or simply buzz them in at a moment's notice from your phone. 

4. iRobots and automated cleaners

Remember M-O the adorable cleaning bot from Wall-E whose sole purpose was to keep things sparklingly clean? Well you can have a similar companion home—at least one that will have the same intent for cleanliness, even if it isn't as adorable. Brands such as iRobot, Haier and Eureka Forbes retail robot vacuums that will clean the floor at your command or at a scheduled time. They only need to map the house once and use sensors to avoid obstacles so you can leave them to their business without a worry.

5. Smart Lights

Motion-controlled illumination is the perfect lighting solution for lobbies, storage spaces, washrooms, etc., if you are the kind who often forgets to switch off the lights. But you can up the ante with smart lights for the more prominent areas like the living/bed rooms, sit-outs and kitchen. These lights can be paired with motion sensors or controlled via apps or digital assistants to change colour and brightness to set or match the mood you want. They can also be scheduled to turn on or off at certain times, saving electricity. Such smart lights are available in a variety of forms too—blues, tube lights and even flexible strips—making them highly versatile.

6. Atomi Smart 12-Cup Coffee Maker

 Atomi's Smart Coffee Maker allows you to schedule or adjust brew time right from your smartphone, Alexa speaker, or Google Assistant whenever you think of it—while entering an early meeting into your calendar or setting your phone alarm just before sleep. Set up brewing times in advance, and you can have a fresh brew ready and waiting when you roll out of bed.

7. Automatic Window Cleaning Robot

With its smart suction fan, the Automatic Window Cleaning Robot will clean more surfaces, including frosted, framed, or frameless glass, vertical glass, filmed or colored glass, horizontal surfaces, and many others.

8. Smart Security Camera 

A smart indoor security camera helps to keep a watchful eye on your house. Most of these smart cameras come with free cloud storage and even compiles a montage of the daily events, so you are always updated with what’s happening around your home. You can also monitor the activities in your home with your mobile app.

9. Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner 

A smart robot vacuum like the Robot Roomba i7+ suctions everything out of the bin into a sealable bag, ensuring that every nook and cranny gets cleaned. This device comes with a slew of smart features, including a charging base. It also creates a virtual map of your home for easy cleaning. 

10. Smart Key Finder

Small electronic devices used to locate misplaced or stolen objects, such as keys, luggage, purses, wallets, pets, laptop computers, toddlers, cellphones, equipment, or tools, and to transmit alerts, e.g., that one's restaurant table is ready or a nurse is needed. Some key finders beep or flash lights on demand.