If you are of a certain age, you may remember watching the world of the Jetsons and looking forward to a future where flying cars and moving sidewalks were the stuff of everyday life. We may not be there yet, but the Internet of Things (IoT) is already transforming the modern home and helping homeowners save money on energy, prevent break-ins and make their lives more fun.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is simply a fancy term for a world in which all our devices, from the televisions in our living rooms to the refrigerators in our kitchens to the mattresses we sleep on are all connected to the web. Those internet connections in turn allow the devices to communicate with one another and simplify the lives of their owners.
Some of these devices are already on the market, while others are still in the testing phase. No matter what kind of home you live or what part of the country you hail from, the Internet of Things is bound to change your life. Here are just a few of the connected devices you can now welcome into your 21st century home.
If you are looking for a way to save money on your monthly power bill, there are a number of devices that can help you do just that. These devices plug directly into the electrical panel in your home, monitoring each of your appliances and assigning them an energy signature.
These monitoring devices can help you spot and replace energy hogs and help you save money month after month. Even more importantly, the monitor can detect unusual spikes in power usage and report them to the homeowner. If you leave the oven on when you leave for work or forget to turn down the thermostat at night, your home can tell you.
There has also been a lot of talk about connected appliances, and these essential parts of the Internet of Things are now a reality. For the moment connected refrigerators, freezers, microwave ovens and ranges are still quite expensive, but their prices are expected to come down as the technology behind them matures.
Like everything else in the world of tech, the prices of these connected appliances is expected to fall even as their capabilities get better and better. By the time you are ready for a new refrigerator, you may be able to afford a model that knows which foods you have on hand and even emails you recipe ideas and cooking advice.
Home automation is another important part of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the technology behind these devices is already mature enough that prices have become quite affordable. Home automation devices can turn down the lights and adjust the thermostat when you leave for work. They can also watch your home and use motion detectors to prevent break-ins and automatically call the police if they spot something suspicious.
The Internet of Things is here, and the future is now. Whether you want to enhance the safety of your family or just enjoy a more technologically advanced feature, these connected devices will be a welcome part of your 21st century home.