An interesting phenomenon happens when you’re stuck at home. You look around. Your cushions are due for flipping, you’ve got time for the “I’ll get around to it later” project, and suddenly new curtains have moved from the “want” category to the “primal need” category.
If you can’t shop out because your car has been buried under snow since Saturday, you gotta ship it in via the great American pastime: an online shopping binge. After you’re done deciding between furry pairs of fingerless gloves and industrial strength space heaters, pick up these three smart home products to make the next “Snowpocalypse” a little more cushy.
Smart Switches: I know, I know, I didn’t start out with Nest. I mean, don’t get me wrong, being able to set your thermostat when you’re on your way home is fabulous. But of all the smart home devices, Nest has become the first one on everyone’s radar, and either you’ve decided to get one, or you’re not yet convinced your home temperature-control really needs that level of upgrade. That’s okay. However, think about every single thing you can plug into a smart switch. Your coffee maker. Your very-awkward-to-reach lamp. You or your significant other’s hair straightener that they always doubt they’ve turned off. Being able to connect to these devices from your phone, anywhere at any time, has exponentially more opportunity to impact moments in your daily life, and among Smart Devices, Switches are less expensive to start experimenting with. Check out the Josh-friendly Belkin WeMo here.
Lighting: Because it’s visually engaging, most of the advertising you’ve seen for smart-bulbs involve bright colors and flashy colorfully themed rooms. Neat, you can make your bulbs change colors. While most smart-light owners I know enjoy the novelty of color choices, they don’t really have the desire to walk into their home, clap their hands, and watch a red-hued disco ball descend from their ceiling alongside the sounds of Barry Manilow.
However, walking through your home like an A.I. demi-god where your path is gently illuminated the moment you head in that direction? Now that goes beyond novelty. Having your lights dim and raise in response to the sunrise can feel so synced and natural, you may stop noticing it all together — and that is when the real prowess of smart lighting (forgive me) ‘shines’. Find the Philips Hue smart bulbs Here.
Sensors: Now let’s say you wanna kick things up a notch. You’re the type of person who has deep shower-thoughts regarding ways to take seconds off menial tasks every day. You’re accomplished, you’re driven, you’ve used the phrase “life hack” before. You’ve actually become somewhat of an efficiency machine and on more than one occasion you’ve reaped the benefits of habit-stacking and coding your own life. Ready to step into the IRL automation big leagues? Smart-sensors. And IFTTT. For as many electrical devices you can plug into a smart switch, there are infinitely more behaviours you can set up a sensor to respond to. If I walk past the front door and don’t come back for three minutes, then turn off the lights, the music, and my hair iron. If I send a text “visitor” ignore all those turn off commands, because someone else is still at my place and I don’t want to leave them in the dark.
So there you have it. While smart speakers and refrigerators are great, with these simple devices you’ll be better prepped to survive the next “Snowpocalypse”. Enjoy and have fun with your new smart home!
This post was written by Sara at Josh.ai. Sara thoroughly enjoys branding, marketing, and all the nuances of communication, while holding a firm foundation in classic disciplines: efficiency, organization, and problem solving. She considers herself a consumer advocate in the world of product UI, and enjoys removing obstacles for the sake of the most zen user experience. Sara received her Bachelors degree from SMU.