4 gadgets to buy to make your home smarter
Smart homes are a real buzz word right now. Whether you want to make life simple, your home more eco-friendly, or you want to live in a cool, futuristic home, there are some clever changes that can improve family life.
Here are our top 4 picks for a smarter home
The first stage of Smart Home System Installation most people start with is smart speakers. The most popular smart speaker options are Google Home and Amazon Echo, but any smart speaker with a built-in assistant can be a good option for family life. You can connect up devices throughout your home.
Smart speakers can answer children’s questions as a homework aid, by asking for the answers to history questions, spellings or basic math equations. They can also offer entertainment for children with games, or funny options like quotes from pop culture. Many smart speakers are also able to create personalised bedtime stories for a new spin on bedtime.
You can also use your smart speaker to send messages to devices in other rooms; this is perfect for calling the kids downstairs for dinner or to start getting ready for school without having to shout.
Is one of your children scared of the dark? Try a smart bulb to help them to feel more comfortable at night. You can fit a smart light bulb which will provide a soft light to comfort a frightened child.
With the smart settings, you can set the bulb on a timer, so the light doesn’t have to stay on all night once the kids have fallen asleep.
Talk to any parent and they'll attest to the struggle bedtime can bring. Sleep aids and trainers can encourage better habits for children, giving you a better night's shut eye.
There are lots of devices that allow you to set up soothing routines of lights, sounds and music to help children fall asleep. Many can also double up as nightlights, sleep recorders and walkie talkies so the kids can call you if they need you during the night without having to get out of bed.
Fit smart cameras to keep your family safe. You could put up an outdoor camera that will let you keep an eye on the children while they’re playing outside, while you watch in real-time inside in case of accidents.
Investing in a smart doorbell allows you to monitor your front door and have guests notify you of their arrival no matter where you are. Extra handy if you can't get to the door to sign for your online shopping!