Here at Josh.ai, we’ve always been fascinated in how technology can change your life. Josh Micro, for example, was designed and built specifically to enable people to live and engage with their homes in ways not thought possible. To that end, we are happy to introduce our new Imagine More … campaign, which invites you to think about technology, and get inspired about ways it could change your everyday life at home and beyond.
We invite you to Imagine More …. Comfort
Technology in the home can not only make your living experience more enjoyable, but we have now come to depend on certain technologies as critical items in our everyday lives.
The Thermostat — Hot or Cold?
When Nest was famously acquired by Google in 2014 for $3.2 Billion, many in the industry thought that the smart home was finally going to catch on for mainstream consumers. Whether that has happened or not is debatable, but the Nest thermostat certainly did raise the awareness of what a thermostat could and should do in the home, and pave the way for other connected thermostats (such as Ecobee and Honeywell).
A connected thermostat gives you many benefits from costs savings to convenience. With a smart thermostat, it’s easy to schedule your HVAC to run only during times that you need it. You’ll therefore use less energy by cooling your home only while you’re there. Nest estimates you could save 15% on cooling and 12% on heating costs.
Additionally, most digital thermostats will track your energy usage for you. You can then look back to see how you energy usage has changed over time, depending on different factors, which can then help you to plan for energy costs in the future.
Another benefit of the connected thermostat is that you can control the HVAC in your home remotely. Whether you are coming home early from work, or are out on vacation, you can easily adjust the settings to fit your need.
When it comes to comfort, connected home technology lets you enjoy entertainment from the comfort of your own home in ways that weren’t possible before. For example, you can hire an AV professional to create an amazing home theater for you that includes a projector, drop down screen, 4K video, Dolby surround sound, and other commercial theater like experiences.
Other manufacturers have created technology that transformed the media consumption experience. Sonos, for example, introduced is family of products that allows you to easily get a whole home audio experience through the simple setup and use of its app.
Let There Be Light
Your exposure to and the type of quality of light around you can more than just affect your mood and make you feel comfortable. Research now shows that the type of light we consume each day actually affect our health. Connected technology and the smart home can be a major tool in helping us to live better through the light around us.
Lutron’s Ketra, for example, has introduced lighting technology that perfectly mimics sunlight or other types of natural light. The advantage of this sort of technology includes the wellness benefit of natural light to indoor occupants, synchronizing their circadian rhythms to support better health and rest.
There are many more ways that technology in the home has pushed forward the experience of comfort. Given the rise of working from and staying at home, these comforts become not just nice-to-haves, but rather critical items necessary for productivity and happiness. With the pace of how quickly technology moves, the promise of how it will further impact comfort in the home is an exciting one to imagine.