Since the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the early 2000s, billions of devices have continually been added to the long list of devices capable of performing autonomous tasks using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies. The gadgets can be programmed to carry out intended tasks, but they can also collect and analyze data to come up with better ways to improve or customize their duties to users. Below are the top 8 devices that have become imprinted in the very fabric of humanity and are increasingly becoming more popular by the day:
We cannot talk of smart devices without talking about the one device that makes us twitchy whenever we are away from it – the smartphone. Smartphones are the father of smart devices, and we have grown so attached that even other devices can be managed using smartphones. When it comes to autonomy, smartphones can collect weather data and alert the user. They can also help determine the best route to work based on traffic, remind you of upcoming meetings and remotely control other IoT devices in your home.
Smartphones are also the reason why industries like iGaming blew up to the proportions we see today. All types of casino games online are accessible today via smartphones, giving players the convenience of playing from any location. Right now, software developers have even switched their focus to smartphone-compatible gaming to attract younger demographics who prefer gaming on the go. The Casino Zeppelin slot is an excellent example of a game that was designed and developed with mobile gaming in mind.
2. Smart Speakers
Depending on your preferred gadgets, you are probably already interacting with either Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri, or all of them! Smart speakers have become a part of our lives as they can be used to automatically carry out tasks without even lifting a finger. Simply ask Alexa to call 911 in the case of an emergency or Google Assistant to play your favorite playlist, or better yet, ask Siri to cheer you up with some jokes.
Some of the most popular smart speakers include the Amazon Echo and its family of smart speakers and Google Nest range of products.
Smart TVs have been around for some time but were considered too expensive. However, manufacturers have found ways to bring this technology to the masses by offering cheaper options that are still as good. You can now stream effortlessly videos directly, browse the internet or connect to other devices like Bluetooth speakers or phones in a split second. And after hours of watching, the TV is smart enough to turn itself off just in case someone forgot to.
4. Smart Vacuums/Mops
The ever-improving smart vacuums have not replaced the old-fashioned vacuums, but they are well on their way there. These devices take up less space and save up time that could otherwise be spent on other endeavors. With voice command support from your smartphone or smart speaker, you can clean your house or remove those stubborn pet hairs from around the house, even when you’re not at home!
Wearable technology, especially smartwatches, has been considered a luxury and unnecessary and was predicted to be off the market a few years from their launch. However, their entry into the medical and fitness industries confirms that this technology is here to stay. They can be used to track blood oxygen levels, heart rate, and sleep patterns for a healthier you.
6. Smart Blinds
The real estate industry is teeming with clients who want the best when buying a home. If you are the type that binges of YouTube house tours where homeowners are going for 10 to 20-foot ceilings, you’ll see that smart blinds are becoming an essential feature in homes these days.
7. Smart Locks
Smart locks sometimes coupled with smart doorbells fitted with cameras are becoming a vital technology especially for home residents who travel a lot and cannot always be there to monitor what’s happening in their homes. The locks could be fitted with an alarm to alert the police or security company. In offices, smart locks can track employees’ check-in and check-out times to enhance effectiveness at work.
8. Smart Lighting & Thermostats
The number one smart home technology that people are surprisingly interested in is smart lighting. The ability to integrate with smart assistants like Google and Alexa means you can remotely turn lights on and off around the house.
Better yet, having a smart thermostat can not only ensure comfort throughout the year but also help save on energy consumption within the home. Most smart thermostats have a geofencing feature that can tell whether you’re in the house or not and adjust the temperature accordingly.
Which smart devices do you have at home on top of the smartphone? Which do you think will be your next smart addition to welcome more efficient and hands-free technology at home?