This post was republished with permission from TownSq's blog, Neighbor Nook.
It can be challenging to keep up with technology and to assess whether each new solution will actually deliver on its promise of improving our quality of life. Luckily, we’ve taken out the guesswork for you and gathered up some of our favorite ways to integrate technology in your home and your community. These gadgets can make your life easier and safer – without breaking the bank.
- Video doorbell
Home security begins at your front door with Ring. These easy-to-install video doorbells allow you to see, listen, and talk to visitors at your door from any location on your phone, tablet and PC. With night vision, motion-activated alerts, 720HD video, and two-way talk with noise cancellation you’ll have eyes on your home at all times, and feel safer when you’re at home or away.
- Robotic lawn mower
With Worx Landriod, you can spend more time enjoying your yard instead of maintaining it. This robotic lawn mower already comes pre-programmed and ready to get going. It tackles different types of lawns, hills, and intricate areas. Even better? It can sense when its battery is low and return to its charger on its own – and it’s quiet enough to use at night.
- Smart speakers and virtual assistants
Virtual assistants are taking the world by storm. One of the most popular devices, Amazon’s Echo with Alexa, is a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker guaranteed to make your life easier. You can play music, call or message people, check your calendar, the traffic, or the weather, and so much more – you just have to ask!
- Smart Thermostats
The Nest Thermostat is a smart thermostat that keeps you comfortable and saves you money. The Nest Thermostat is proven to help you save energy, and it automatically turns itself down when you leave. You can get the right temperature where you want it with remote temperature sensing, and you can control it from anywhere.
- Smart light bulbs
With Philips Hue light bulbs, you’ll never have to worry if you left your lights on again. You can control your lights from virtually anywhere, and set timers for different lights in different rooms to make it seem like you’re home when you’re not. And, they are voice-controlled, so you can turn your lights on and off, dim them, and even change colors without lifting a finger.
What are your favorite ways to integrate technology in your home and community? Share them in the comments!