It's 8:30 Saturday morning, and my family and I are looking forward to a great weekend with friends at the lake. We were up early, got the truck packed and we are on the road; looking forward to a relaxing weekend. My wife nudges me and asks “Did you shut the garage door”? My immediate response, “No, I thought you did”!
Any of this sound familiar? I am sure all of us have encountered one of these frustrating, less than happy moments! If I only could see the garage door, or better yet, close it from anywhere.
Adoption of smart home technology is ramping up significantly. In a recent survey of Nex-Tech customers, over 23% had some type of smart home technology in use at their home today.
According to SmartHomeUSA, smart home is the term commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security and camera systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely by a time schedule, from any room in the home, as well as remotely from any location in the world by phone or Internet
By 2020, there will be 20 billion connected things according to IDC Internet of Things Study, 2016. With 38% growth expected in the next two years, and by 2019, it’s expected to be a $13.5 billion industry.
After experimenting and installing smart home technology in my home over the past eight months, I selected Samsung’s SmartThings technology and it’s proven to be very easy to install and manage. I now have several awesome conveniences. One of my favorites is my Hue lighting by Phillips. With various Hue bulbs and SmartThings switches, I can tell Alexa “Good Night” and all of our lights on the main floor turn off. In addition, SmartThings also allows geofencing so when the system senses my iPhone in range, it automatically turns on lights in the house. The possibilities are endless with smart home “gadgets”…find what’s right for you and they will save you time and money. And yes, by the way, I can now check that garage door with the click of an app on my iPhone.