Smart homes and smart home robots are the wave of the future. Every aspect of a standard home has the potential to get smarter whether it’s with cameras or voice-activation. It’s time for all of us to take full advantage of what this world of technological innovation has to offer.
Robots are being used as teaching assistants, crop harvesters and medical practitioners. They make tasks easier, faster and more accurate through their dependable technology and infinite capacity to work.
Whether you’re a fan of robots or not, they are becoming more and more implemented into society at large and individual homes through the continuous discovery of ways to make our homes “smarter.” They’re not replacing humans, more complementing our way of life by taking on rudimentary tasks, freeing us up to spend more time doing what we actually want to do.
Hate to vacuum? There’s a robot for that. Want to know who’s at the door without getting up? Yup, a smart device can help with that too. There are a bunch of bots worth highlighting, and they all tackle a different task. Try a few out or gather the whole arsenal and turn your apartment, condo or home into a well-oiled technological machine at the touch of a button.
1. Echo Smart Speaker With Alexa (3rd Gen)
It wouldn’t be a smart home roundup without everyone’s favorite virtual assistant/smart speaker. Alexa’s got a pretty swanky look with the Echo — Dolby 360 audio, voice control, tens of thousands of skills and multiple layers of privacy controls.
Sync up the Echo with your other smart home devices and control every aspect of your home using just your voice. No matter what your hands are busy doing, the Echo can help you cross the rest of your to-do’s off your list (or at least help you consolidate the list itself).
2. Nest Learning Thermostat
Does your family endlessly fight over the temperature in the house? Can’t agree with your partner on a reasonable degree setting? Temperature is one of the more divisive issues in any given household and for good reason.
Google’s Nest Thermostat learns your temperature preferences (no matter how many) and automatically adjusts your home environment based on them. Let your Nest find a happy middle ground and keep you there automatically.
You can set it on a timer or place it on eco-mode to save money and the environment. Connect it to your WiFi and change the temperature using your phone, tablet or laptop easily, from anywhere.
The Nest works with 95% of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, and it’s even got energy-saving modes to help you be more environmentally conscious.
It’ll also automatically turn itself down when you’re not home, saving you big bucks on your energy bill.
3. iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum
The Roomba was one of the first mainstream smart home robots to hit the market and it’s changed the game when it comes to vacuuming your home. This robot cleans carpets, hardwood floors and even bathroom tiles with ease. It has a three-stage cleaning system that loosens, lifts and suctions anything and everything off of your floors.
It’s also got patented “Dirt Detect” sensors that alert Roomba to work harder at a certain spot or on certain areas of your home.
After 90 minutes of cleaning, it automatically docks itself and recharges so you won’t have to worry about it running out of battery mid-cleaning.
Set it to do its thing every few days while you’re at work and notice how much cleaner your apartment gets without you having to lift a finger.
4. Ring HD Video Doorbell
Make your front door safer and more accessible via the Ring Video Doorbell. The 720p HD video lets you see, hear and speak to people on your front doorstep via your phone, tablet or Amazon Echo device.
It’s got motion sensor activation so you’ll know if there’s anything fishy happening out front, and with Live View you can check on your home at any time via the Ring app.
Each Ring device is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery and can also hook up to your existing doorbell wiring system. Ring automatically captures and records video and photos that you can access for up to 60 days, just in case you need to double check something.
5. Worx WR140 Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower
Mowing your lawn is something you’ve got to do consistently and it’s pretty much always a time suck. Not anymore — this robotic lawn mower learns your property and automatically suggests a schedule based on your lawn size.
It’s designed to cut a little grass at a time, naturally fertilize your lawn and automatically re-dock itself if the battery is running low or it starts to rain.
It’s also got a “cut to edge” feature that allows the blades to get closer to your lawn’s border, leaving less area to trim after the fact.
Sip on your favorite beverage while this robot does all the work for you, and leave your lawn looking spotless in the process.
6. Kasa Smart Plug
Using this smart plug device from Kasa is like playing god in your own home — you control the light. Turn electronics on and off from anywhere using your smartphone, and save money on your electric bill.
Want your lights to automatically turn on or off at night? You can schedule your home’s electronics with Kasa’s scheduling feature, and it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa so it’s all just a voice command away.
7. Sonos One Smart Speaker
The Sonos smart speaker system is one of the most seamless ways to fill your home with rich, high-quality sound.
This compact design fits into any space, with color options to match design aesthetics, and it’s even steam resistant so it’s good to go in the bathroom.
Buy a few and sync them all together so you can achieve stereo sound with much less equipment, or use two as your very own home theater system.
Control the music selection from afar using the Sonos app, and take your Bluetooth speaker game to the next level. Setup only takes a few minutes and comes with Amazon support.
8. TOSHIBA Smart Fire LED TV
This smart TV from Toshiba combines the best of both worlds with live TV and streaming services available. Enjoy a beautiful picture made up of 8 million pixels and an enhanced Dolby Vision HDR experience.
The best part is being able to control all of your shows, movies and entertainment using the Voice Remote with Alexa. Search for anything and press play in just a few clicks on this TV that keeps getting smarter.
Simply plug it in, hook it up to WiFi, and enjoy.