The technology gods gave us FaceTime, Emoji Blitz, and binge-worthy shows because we deserve nice things, right?
Obviously, technology is a big part of our lives. You probably can’t imagine not immediately whipping out your phone to check your latest Facebook alert—even if it’s only from your weird aunt who comments on all of your photos. But, here’s the thing, those devices can be even more deeply integrated into our lives to make things easier.
You want your fridge to tell you when you’re running low on milk? How about playing your favorite playlist without scrolling through your phone and waiting for Spotify to load?
The future is here, and these are the devices you need to take advantage of it.
The Smart Speaker
More than 47 million Americans currently own a smart speaker, and after this Christmas, it’s believed that half of the US population will own one. It’s not difficult to see why—it’s the kind of device that’s meant to integrate into every part of your life—the nearly-invisible personal assistant you’ve always wanted. You can set alarms, add an event to your calendar, or make a grocery list, and it’s all voice-activated.
You can also do away with those morning news shows if all you want to hear about is the weather or how bad the morning commute is. It can even tell you a joke. Want to turn on your TV? Alexa or your Google Assistant can do that. Want to hear the latest Beyonce single? Sonos has your back.
The best part about these devices is that they are often the gateway for accessing your other smart products. About the only thing they can’t do is provide meaningful friendship, but we’re pretty sure that’s right around the corner.
The Smart Fridge
If your definition of a fancy fridge means crushed ice, then you’ve never fiddled with a Smart Fridge. The refrigerator can scan the barcodes of what’s in your fridge and, based on that data, tell you when you’re about to run out of something or if something is going to expire soon.
You can also connect your Alexa or Google Assistant to the fridge so you can easily order whatever you’re running low on. If you own other smart appliances like a vacuum or washing machine, you can control those devices from the refrigerator as well, all while playing music…from your fridge.
Some people still think that The Clapper is one of civilization’s greatest inventions, but that’s just because they don’t know what smart lighting is.
When you screw a smart light bulb into one of your existing lamps, that bulb is wirelessly connected to an app on your phone or tablet which you can control from anywhere, even while you’re, say, parasailing in the Bahamas.
Can’t wake up in the morning unless every light in your bedroom is turned on? That’s what smart lighting can do for you. Not only can you schedule all of your lighting throughout the day, but some will even change colors. If you have the Phillips Hue Bridge—a device that connects all of your smart lighting—you can add up to 50 lights.