The word ‘smart’ is very often attached to all sorts of things these days: watches are smart, fridges are smart, televisions are smart, shoes are smart, cars are smart, and on and on. Heck, even some toilets are being branded as smart! Smart technology and smart devices are the newest buzzwords attached to domestic existence, and it can be easy to get swept up in the hype. After all, who wouldn’t want the smartest stuff they could get?
However, not all smart tech is what it’s cracked up to be. In fact, some smart technology can be a hassle rather than a benefit: problems with updated software and apps, constant repairs and callbacks from manufacturers, and competing operating systems each aiming to make a profit can make certain smart devices near impossible to use fluidly.
So how do you know which smart devices you need in your life and in your home? Here we’ll look at some of the best, most useful, and most generally interesting, smart devices that are worth having in your day-to-day.
Of all the smart technology to come out in the past fifty years, smart thermostats have to be one of the better inventions. In terms of their sheer usefulness, nothing beats a smart thermostat. Not yet convinced? Picture this:
It’s winter, and you’re on the way home from a walk with your partner, which you thought would be pleasant and lovely. It was sunny in the morning, but as you walked, a sudden and unexpected snow squall came through and covered you both entirely in frost. Finally, you’re driving home, each of you shivering and wanting nothing more than to curl up in a warm home under a blanket. Fortunately, you have the app for your smart thermostat on your phone. With the click of a single button, you can make sure the heating is turned on for your arrival so that you don’t have to wait a single minute more to get warm. The same scenario could equally be written about the cold!
These devices are already owned by most people, which only speaks to their total usefulness. Where once you would have had to take a trip to the doctor to check up on the state of your health, you can now wrap a watch around your wrist and check your heart rate, BMI, and nutrition intake. Smartwatches can track your sleep patterns and your steps, as well as tell the time, answer your messages for you, and connect to the other devices in your home (like, for example, your smart thermostat).
In addition, where once smartwatches were large, clunky, and unsightly, there are now many options for beautifully designed smartwatches that look just as elegant as the most expensive designer numbers. If having a big chunk of bright plastic on your wrist was keeping you back from wearing one of these amazing pieces of smart technology, fear not: there are plenty of lovely options to keep you stylish and connected.
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