When you are at work and plan to pick up groceries on your way home,
but you can’t remember if there are any eggs left in the fridge or not, it would be really nice to be able to connect with your fridge and find out what’s in it.
Fortunately, you can do that, if you have the right fridge.
You can also communicate with your lights, your thermostat, your oven, or your doorbell if you have set your home up as a smart home.
A smart home is one where some or all of the appliances, electrical components,
home security system, and other devices are able to be controlled remotely via your smart phone.
Examples of Smart Home Appliances:
Smart appliances can be small, like wireless meat thermometers or automatic stirrers, or huge, like big French-door fridges with smart panels.
There are countertop ovens that can bake, broil, or steam food, microwaves
that allow you to look up recipes on their screens,
and other handy things that are equipped with remote control capabilities.
Refrigerator technology is pretty amazing, really.
Some of the fridges on the market today have cameras inside them so you can open an app on your phone
and check what’s in your fridge while you are in the grocery store, which is a great innovation.
How it Works:
Smart homes need to be connected to your phone or tablet or laptop through the internet,
and the appliances themselves can work on Wi-Fi
or they can be hardwired, depending on the manufacturer’s specifications and your personal preferences.
Having a smart home may sound like a wonderful idea,
but the technology is by no means perfect, and a lot of smart appliances are prone to bugs and malfunctions.
Before you decide to create a smart home, you should do some thorough research,
and maybe try to visit an existing smart home so you can see what it is really like to have one,
and what the advantages and disadvantages are.