In the past few years, we have seen technology infiltrate more parts of our lives than ever before. Your home is no different. Home-Tech is a growing sector of the market and we think everyone can benefit from a little more technology in their homes.
From using energy more efficiently with your heating or cooling with Nest to making home safer with video cameras linked to your smartphone thanks to Piper, home tech is here to make your living more enjoyable. With that in mind, we found 3 easy do-it-yourself technology upgrades every home can benefit from. And will ensure you are that much closer to the home of the future.
1. The Ring Doorbell could be considered the doorbell of the future that is already here. This easy-to-install doorbell features a built-in camera and speaker that runs on the wifi already in your house. Guests ring the doorbell and the device instantly links to your smartphone, allowing you to see and talk to your guests. This home tech device not only makes answering your door easier (and cooler), it also provides additional security. The smartphone app means you can answer the door from anywhere in the world, ensuring thieves think you are always home. Easy to install and wireless, all it requires is a screwdriver that comes right in the box. A great upgrade for any home owner.
2. Kevo Wireless Deadbolt by Weiser takes Bluetooth wireless technology and integrates it into your home’s door lock. This lock can easily been installed to replace your traditional deadbolt. And with the Kevo you’ll be able to unlock your deadbolt just by tapping on it. In fact you don’t even have to tap, simply walking up to your door with your smartphone in your pocket will unlock the door. Due to the built-in Bluetooth 4.0, the smart lock is capable of detecting your smartphone even while it is still in your pocket. Lost your phone? Don’t worry, the Kevo also comes with a handy keychain fob. This technology also lets you send your friends and loved ones “eKeys” to let them in when you’re not around. Now this is what we thought the future would look like.
3. REACT Touch-Free Tap from Pfister proves that automatic faucets aren’t just handy in public restrooms. REACT, which stands for Response Activated Technology, uses a sensor on the faucet to turn water on and off. If you need to fill a pot with water, just put it under the faucet and the water starts flowing. But we found it most handy when washing dishes – you can quickly rinse dishes knowing that the water will stop flowing once you pull it out of range of the sensor. The faucet comes with an automatic shut off after two minutes just in case something goes wrong. There’s also a handle on the side of the faucet that can still be used to manually operate the faucet. The faucet is also easy to install if you are even just a little bit handy. And will win you points with the cook in your home.