Although the idea of rapid technological growth has been a driving theme in the growth of Western civilization since Thomas Savery invented the steam engine in 1698, it’s become so rapid now that we have given up keeping track of the numerous technologies that are changing the world around us.
One way to appreciate just how fast things are changing is to watch an old TV show, say, “Leave it to Beaver,” and notice the home technology that was commonplace in the late 1950s. If you’re a Baby Boomer, you might even feel a little nostalgic when you see the actors dialing numbers on a rotary telephone!
Today, in our homes, technology is subtly transforming our lives in many ways, providing a range of both tangible and intangible benefits. The technological infrastructure in our homes, for instance, is making things easier to do, providing a higher degree of comfort, and improving our security.
Here are some examples of how technology has improved our domestic lives:
- Home Security
If you get a monthly subscription to a company like ADT security, you will be amazed at how well a smart security system will allow you to monitor your home. While it’s possible to use this smart technology with a laptop or a tablet, it will probably be most convenient to use a small, portable device like a smartphone because you can then monitor your home from anywhere at any time.
Here are 4 ways a smart security system can make your life easier:
- 1. You can arm or disarm the security system when you are away from home—so, if your house is being renovated while you’re away, you can disarm the system for a few hours and then rearm it when the workers leave.
- 2. You can let people into the house when you’re away, locking or unlocking the door with your smartphone. Moreover, the use of smart doorbells allows you to know when someone is at your front door when you’re away from home. There is no longer a need to take risks like hiding keys for your kids to get into the house after school or for your pet sitter to come over to walk the dogs.
- 3. You can automate your lights and your electronic devices remotely. This is useful when you’re retiring for the night. Instead of going around the house turning off the lights and the television and checking if all the doors and windows are locked, you can do it all on your smartphone. Additionally, if you’re away from home for a few days, but want to give the impression that someone is home to deter potential burglaries, you can turn on the lights and sounds in the house.
- 4. You can see what’s happening at home with a smart security camera. If you’re going away for a few days, you don’t have to be little nervous that you’re adolescents are going to throw wild parties. Since they know you can simply switch on your smartphone and scan every room through the mounted cameras, they’ll stay true to their word, do their homework, and behave responsibly.
- Climate Control
You can remotely adjust the temperature at home with a smart thermostat. This is useful, of course, when you’re at home and you need to tweak the heat or AC without getting out of your armchair; however, it’s also useful when you’re out of the house, say, when you forgot to turn the heat down before you left or if you’re driving home and want the house to be nice and cozy when you get there.
If you like to cook your food to perfection, then consider sous vide cooking, where you immerse food sealed in plastic in a tub of hot water. For this, you’ll need a precision cooker with Wi-Fi connectivity. You can control the cooking process when you’re not at home. The app will keep you abreast of every step of the cooking process. Another device to improve your cooking is the Wi-Fi connected smart oven. And if you like to bake, but never get the quantities right, then a baking scale that’s connected to an app will measure everything perfectly.
Besides remotely managing your home through your smartphone, controlling indoor temperatures, and using appliances and devices to improve your cooking, another field of technology is rapidly growing—robotics. So, you can now use a robot vacuum to keep your floors clean or a robotic lawn mower to handle this weekend chore.