Home automation is an emerging trend that most practitioners in the real estate industry are trying to keep up with. That notwithstanding, you don’t need to be a hi-tech home remodeler to get the taste of a smart home. Yeah – you’re used to making great use of internet connectivity, cameras, file storage and other similar things on your handset. But there’s a lot more. With the right tools, you can control most functions in your home right from your smartphone. It’s impressive and incredibly easy.

1.      Get a Smart Thermostat

NestNest is a pretty little device that has been getting a lot of buzz lately. This is a hi-tech Thermostat created by the same folks who did the iPod. It has an iPhone app and Wi-Fi. This means that as long as you own an iPhone, you can regulate the temperature of your home right from your device. You can even turn the temperature down when you’re gone, or turn it up just before you get home. Nest can even change the temperature for you – automatically.

2.      Motion Surveillance System

 Motion DetectKeeping your home should always be a priority. Good for you, a smartphone app is all you need to keep tabs on a motion surveillance system. The market is awash with compact, top-quality cameras that can be controlled right from your handset. These cameras don’t record anything, but will alert your phone and turn on to capture footage whenever an intrusion is detected. Did I mention the beauty of controlling everything right from your smartphone?

3.      Pet Feeder

PintoFeedIf you own a pet but are super busy to conveniently feed it, there exists several apps that can help you schedule feeding times. Basically, you need a food dispenser with a camera so you can get visual confirmation. Pintofeed is one great feeder that has been using this automated technology.

4.      Proper Lighting

HueThere are dozens of companies making smart bulbs right now, and Phillips is one of them. Their Hue light bulb allows you to easily control all other lights in your house. All you need to do is install this bulb and you’ll have more control regarding the color of lights in your home, dimness and brightness, and many other things. This makes it super easy for you light your home based on your preferences and mood.

5.      Remotely Start your Car

SmartStartWant to remotely start your car and turn the heater on? There are several apps that connect your car to your smartphone and allow you to do just that. This is especially important when you live in climates aren’t friendly for wearing shorts all-year-round. A good company that has an innovative product in this area is Viper.The dream of ‘Internet of Things’ is becoming more of a reality. Smartphones are being used in ingenious ways to make life a whole lot easier.  It’s important that you keep up and learn how you can push your device to the limits so you get much more!

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