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6 Smart Technology Gadgets You Should Have

5 Smart Technology Gadgets You Should Have
Written by Shikha Mehta

If you were to choose between getting an awful lot of appliances or an all-in-one device for creating a complete smart home, what would you choose? Well, I think the answer is too obvious, unless you need a better insight into smart technology.

Smart tech isn’t just applicable for your home, but also for your place of work. To make our lights and heaters function verbally or remotely, we all look for smart home systems. You probably have some smart home devices like smart speakers, smart lights or smart plugs. Here, we’ll be exploring some more smart tech appliances that you can use for your home as well as your workplace.

Benefits of Having Smart Technology for Home

When life gets busy, we tend to start forgetting things like turning off the lights when we leave or watering the plants in the morning. That’s exactly when having a smart home helps – you don’t have to do a lot of things. Moreover, it helps you enhance safety and security at your place too.

Here’s how smart tech will help you live more conveniently at home:

Helps You Save Electricity

One of the biggest advantages of a smart home is that you can remotely control all your appliances through your mobile app. So, you can turn off the lights when you’re already in the car than regretting to forget to turn them off in the first place.

Makes Life Convenient

Just as you can turn off lights when you left, you can turn on your heater when you’re just about to reach home. That gives you the comfort of entering a warm house when you’re really cold and tired. Moreover, a smart home also has a lot of things automated for you. So, you won’t have to control everything. For example, your geyser can be turned on automatically when it’s 7 in the morning.

Ensures Safety and Security

One of the main reasons why most of us go for smart home is security. While the sensors help to detect fire, flooding and movement, having a security camera connected to it will help you monitor any unauthorized access to your home. So, when any of these problems occur, your app will notify you right away. Additionally, having a smart lock on your doors and windows helps you prevent theft more efficiently.

Home Automation System

When it comes to smart technology for your home, you’ll be using it mainly to remotely control and monitor your appliances. Buying little smart devices is usually of no use here – what you need is that one device that takes care of everything.

If you’ve been installing smart lights, heaters, doors and cameras in your house, then you would need a home automation system to control them all. Here’s how it works:

  • The physical device comprises of a sensors, controllers and actuators. You will be operating this device with the help of a mobile app and the voice assistant present in the device.
  • The sensors are responsible for detecting any movement, change in temperature, change in lights and anything else that you want the device to monitor for you. With the help of your mobile app, you need to customize the settings as per your preferences.
  • The controllers will send you notifications on the app regarding the detections made by the sensors. You’ll be getting an alert on your phone if someone breaks into your house or if there’s a fire.
  • With the help of the voice assistant, you can verbally command the home automation device to do things for you like turn on the lights, give you weather updates, start the computer or update you what the CCTV outside is recording.
  • The actuators will implement your settings and commands to actually turn on or turn off your appliances, locking or unlocking your doors and alerting you whenever necessary.

Here are some of the best home automation devices you can check out for yourself:

Sengled Smart Hub

This is one of the easiest and most convenient-to-use devices you can get. That’s because it is compatible with all 3 voice assistants – depending on which one you have in your phone where you install the app. You can connect it to 64 different smart gadgets and appliances at home like security cameras, smart lights and doors.

Philips Hue Smart Hub

If you have a bigger home with a lot of smart devices and appliances, then this hub has a wider connectivity range. The best part is that it won’t slow down your Wifi while you use it to remotely control all your appliances, set timers and watch movies.

Aqara Hub

This Apple HomeKit device is also compatible with most voice assistants and can connect with up to 32 Aqara devices. You can enhance your security using the app settings to monitor and alert you on unauthorized access, fire and flood. On top of that, make good use of the home automation system to save electricity and make your busy life convenient.

Z Wave Sensor

Now if you’re keen on getting a home automation system, you should consider making it work with z-wave instead of directly connecting it to your Wifi. That’s because it uses low-energy waves to communicate with appliances and offers a lot more security than Wifi does.

Z Wave is similar to Bluetooth – it connects smart devices with one another which helps in home automation. It is the best choice to make if you are making a smart home that is also secure. This is because it offers a lot more security than Wifi. Here’s how it will benefit you:

  • When you connect a lot of devices to Wifi, the signal strength and speed reduces. However, with z wave it is the reverse. Every device will amplify the signal and hence the connectivity between all your smart gadgets will improve if you use it.
  • Z wave is encrypted and hence as difficult to hack as online banking. So, if you want your smart home to be secure, this option is 10 times better than Wifi.
  • Just like Bluetooth, every device that has Z wave will be compatible with each other. So, as far as the device has the technology, you don’t need to buy all devices of the same brand.

So, if you want a secure smart home, here are some z wave sensors you can look for:

Z-wave Plus Rare Earth Magnets Door & Window Sensor

The device is easy to install, uses low power has a wide range of wireless security. It is compatible with all z wave controllers and smart home automation hubs. To top it all, it has a rare earth magnet that provides a range of 5-8 inches and battery life of 3 years.

ZOOZ Z-Wave Plus 4-in-1 Sensor 

There’s no smartness in making a “smart home” that needs too many devices. What you need is a device that can perform multiple functions. This customizable sensor can check the temperature, humidity, light levels and motion inside the room.

Sensative Z-Wave Plus Indoor/Outdoor Flood Prevention and Water Sensor Strips Drip

If you’re in a flood-prone area, then you can have this sensor installed outdoors. It will help you detect leakage of pipes, flooding, humidity levels, temperature and light in the area. Being weatherproof and having a battery life of 10 years, this multi-sensor fits under most appliances and is also paintable if you want to match it with the surface.

Smart Irrigation Controller

While we all focus on buying smart home appliances for indoor security, we might leave out on the outdoor part of the house. Did you know that you could take care of your garden better by automating the irrigation there?

A smart irrigation controller helps you to automate as well as schedule watering of grass and plants in your garden or lawn. The difference between a regular and a smart irrigation controller would be that the latter can sense and monitor the weather, humidity, soil conditions and water requirement of the plants. So, you don’t have to actually set-up anything!

Now what could be more convenient than having a garden that you personally don’t have to maintain? Not only that, you’re even saving water and money by doing so because the plants in your garden are actually getting the exact amount of water they need – not a drop more and not a drop less, all without your personal monitoring.

Here are some you can check out for your lawn:

Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller

Install this sprinkler in less than 30 minutes and save up to 50% on your monthly water bill! This highly-efficient smart sprinkler will detect conditions like rain, freezing, humidity in the weather and soil conditions to give the exact amount of water your grass or plants need.

Orbit 57946 B-hyve Smart Indoor/Outdoor 6-Station WiFi Sprinkler System Controller

This weather-resistant irrigation controller comes with a voice assistant and helps you save 50% of the water as compared to traditional systems. It can sense all the necessary weather conditions needed to understand the water requirement of the plants in the lawn like sunlight, humidity, soil type and other conditions.

Sprinkl Control – The Smart Sprinkler Hub 

The device barely takes 20 minutes for installation and once you turn on the autonomous mode, it will water the lawn only when required. You won’t have to customize many settings because the device can sense weather conditions, soil conditions and hence knows the exact water requirement of every plant.

Why Do You Need Smart Technology at the Workplace?

Security and convenience are important for a workplace too – whether it’s an office, a store or an institute. However, smart tech isn’t limited to automation hubs, smart lights and voice assistants. Additionally, there are certain upgraded equipment that makes presentations convenient for classroom lectures, meetings and seminars.

The above smart appliances for home are also applicable to be used in any workplace. However, for places like auditoriums, classrooms and conference rooms, there are two additional equipment that have been upgraded for the convenience of the presenters as well as their audience.

Here’s how the smart tech equipment mentioned below proves to be beneficial:

  • It makes lectures as well as meetings more interactive.
  • You have better control over your presentations along with flexibility.
  • In times when you have to work or study remotely, having a video conference with the right equipment proves to be very convenient.

Smart Podium

We’ve seen what smart tech appliances work for your home. From here on, we come to the workplace. Whether you own an institution or an office, a smart podium is useful at any place where presentations take place.

When you have a smart podium, as a presenter you not only have full control over your presentation but can also make it more interactive for the audience. That’s because the podium has a touch screen tablet on it that is connected to the screen. Here are some examples of what you can do with it:

  • Control your own presentation your way than asking someone to change slides for you.
  • You can use the smart ink pen to highlight something specific on the screen – works better than a pointer.
  • Play videos or connect to people for a video conference.

Smart Screens and Smart Board Projector

Most classrooms today have a smart board or interactive whiteboard instead of a plain blackboard or whiteboard. This is mainly because the smart board serves as both a white board as well as a screen. So, all you need along with the smart board is its projector, that helps you present what’s there on the laptop.

Even in a conference room, it is better to have an interactive board than a traditional screen for the projector. This gives the presenter the flexibility to choose what he wants to do – use it only as a traditional whiteboard or use it as a screen. With the help of a stylus, he can use it as both too.

Generally, an interactive whiteboard price is above $1,000. However, if you go for a combo of projector and smart board, the cost becomes a lot more reasonable for you. After all, there’s no point in having an interactive board without a projector.

Take a look at both the categories to compare. If you already have a projector, you can still replace your traditional screen with a smart board:

SMART Board SB660 64-Inch Interactive Whiteboard

You’ll be getting the board with 4 different colored markers so that you can differentiate your notes well. It allows you to use an on-screen keyboard, take screenshots and even save files for your convenience. It is ideal for both classrooms and conference rooms.

77″ Interactive whiteboard with Projector Bundle for Classroom (Plug and Play)

Now I would call this a better deal because you’re getting the interactive whiteboard along with a projector. If you don’t have a projector, then it’s way better to go for this one. Here too, you’ll be getting 4 different colored pens, a touch-sensitive surface, an on-screen keyboard and the ability to take screenshots or save files.

Fitness Tracker – Your Personal Smart Tech Gadget

Say you chose to make your home and workplace smarter with these devices. What about you? If you’re out there on the street and something happens (God forbid), your home automation won’t come to your rescue. For that, you need one device that is actually connected to you – something you can wear. Yes, we’re talking about fitness trackers.

Today, fitness trackers have been getting a lot of popularity. All big tech companies like Apple, Fitbit and Samsung have their fitness watches. They come with a lot of functionality and have proven to be lifesaving as well on many occasions. Here are some features of the fitness tracker that help you improve your lifestyle and health:

  • They provide you with fitness data like calories burnt, steps taken, calculate workout and sleep tracking. This motivates you to lead a healthy lifestyle.
  • There are many life saving features like heart rate detection. If you have any irregular heartbeat, it notifies you. The apple watch comes with an ECG feature which very useful for heart patients and it has helped save lives of many people all around the world.
  • Nowadays, with the Corona virus pandemic taking over the world, some watches come with a blood oxygen meter calculator.
  • The apple watch comes with a fall detection functionality that notifies your emergency contact that you had a fall and might have hurt yourself. It also has a noise level detector that warns you if you are in a place that has high noise levels which can cause damage to your ears.

Apple has one of the best fitness watches to offer you. It is feature rich and is stylish to look at. However, if you are looking at cheaper alternatives then you can go for MI, One Plus and Huawei.

Would You Go for Smart Technology for Convenience or Safety?

Every device, gadget or equipment that you get today is user-friendly, easy to install and makes life more convenient for you. With a smart home, you can check on your kids or pets from your phone. You’ll know if they’re in trouble and be just on time to control things. So, having a smart home helps you keep your belongings and your family safe, save electricity and make life comfortable.

Meanwhile, if you own an office or an institute, having smart screens, projectors and podiums will enhance the quality of presentations for students or employees. That in turn enables your employees to be more efficient with their presentations and interactions too. Thus, smart tech in the workplace helps improve efficiency and convenience.

Coming to personal use, you need a fitness tracker if you have any chronic health problems or are vulnerable. They’re designed strictly for your safety.

So, what do you say? You think smart technology is a good idea for comfort or safety?

About the author

Shikha Mehta

I discovered my talent in writing while I was in high school. Since then, I discovered the joy of sharing your knowledge with people around you. This is the reason why I love making my contributions to Insights of Technology. Being a certified content writer, I have been writing on several topics, science & technology being one of my favorites.

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