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Published on February 23rd, 2017 | by Technable

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Staying Connected: Is it Time to Bring The Internet of Things into Your Home?

Staying Connected: Is it Time to Bring The Internet of Things into Your Home?

In terms of sheer potential, the Internet of Things (IoT) could eventually be considered just as important as the Internet itself. Why? Because it changes the way we interact with technology, each other and the world around us.

The ever-increasing range of digitised items, objects and, well, things that have the capability to send and receive data, and interact with other each other, is getting wider and wider every year. It seems you can put a computer chip in anything these days.

It’s also becoming increasingly clear that the IoT is going to revolutionise household appliances in the not-too-distant future. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of three intriguing IoT prospects that, to various degrees, are already well on their way to becoming part of our everyday lives…

Smart Fridges

Smart Fridges

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If you thought fridges were only good for storing milk and making ice cubes, think again. We’ve heard plenty of talk around smart fridges in recent months, such as the Samsung Family Hub fridge. The Family Hub has a series of cameras placed on the inside, allowing you to get a snapshot of what’s inside your fridge when you’re out of the house. There’s also a nifty touch-screen display that allows you to order groceries via an intuitive app.

Yes, they’re still quite expensive at the minute – up to as much as $ 4,500 with some retailers – though you may be able to find discount deals and coupons courtesy of websites such as PromoPony. Always worth a shot if you’re looking to digitise your kitchen long before your next door neighbours.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostat

“NEST Thermostat” (CC BY 2.0) by jeffwilcox

Since they were first introduced onto the market a few years back, smart thermostats have come on leaps and bounds. These days there are a number of brands to pick and choose between, ranging in style, functionality and all-round quality. However, most of these devices are based on the same basic concept: the ability to control your home’s heating schedule from any PC or mobile device.
It’s hard to look beyond Nest as a marker of quality. Not only does their smart thermostat look pretty suave, it also takes notes on how you tend to use your heating, at what temperatures and times is your boiler most active, as well as sensing whether anyone is at home or not. That’s right, folks, central heating has never been cooler.
Amazon Dash

“Empty toilet paper roll” (CC BY 2.0) by m01229

Empty toilet roll

Perhaps the simplest and most promising IoT-powered device we’ve seen recently is the Amazon Dash Button. The idea is that, when dedicated Amazon customers run out of something (from toilet roll to washing machine powder, and everything in between) they can now push a button and receive a delivery at their front door – within 24 hours!

It’s an interesting idea that divides opinion. On one hand, the convenience that this device offers is second to none, plus Amazon are even willing to let people try it out before they buy. However, many people argue that the device was unnecessary and encourages laziness. The jury is still out.

An Eye To The Future
Whether you view the computerisation of household items as a worthy or pointless technological development, it cannot be denied that the IoT has already made a mark on our day-to-day lives.
More than that, although this technology may seem a little pure novelty value, soon it will evolve, become more accepted and, ultimately, be taken way more seriously in years to come. If you want to get ahead of the pack, now is the time.


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