Our homes are our fortresses, spaces where we can rest and spend joyful moments with our families. And lately, homes have become even more critical since many of us spend a lot of time in them due to the global pandemic. When you work from home all the time, it’s easy to go down the rabbit hole full of endless piles of work and home duties. Unfortunately, all this leads to burnout and depression, according to the latest studies into the matter.
Thankfully, the field of home tech has evolved a lot in the last few decades, and we can see all kinds of technological advancements that help make our domestic life more manageable. All this takes some pressure off our shoulders, allowing us to focus on the more essential things in life, like work and family.
Home improvement expert and blogger Jane Wilson, who currently works for Australian home maintenance company Fantastic Services, shares 10 of the best clever home gadgets which will help you get into a healthy routine and stay on top of every task.
- Eight Smart Mattress
Your bed is your second home. It’s where you lay your head down every night. So it’s no wonder that quality sleep is crucial for your productivity, health, and happiness throughout the day. Eight Smart Mattress uses cutting-edge technology to track your sleeping patterns, so you can get exactly what you need to get the most out of your slumber. It’s a 10 inch (around 25 cm) thick mattress that’s built out of 4 sturdy layers of memory foam which ensures top quality support for the whole body during sleep. The tech sets a preferred temperature for each side of the bed, and it wakes you with a smart alarm that doesn’t stress you. According to reviews, you wake up rested and ready for the day.
- Alexa by Amazon
Alexa is a top of the field piece of technology, which is the perfect combination of cloud technology, voice recognition and AI. It’s far more than a simple home assistant — it’s a life management tool that can bring order to your everyday chaos. Alexa can do everything from cooking dinner for the whole family to checking your children’s homework to adding items to your shopping list with a wide range of skills. You can get in touch with your loved ones with one command. You can also seek answers to all your questions via the online voice search. You can make appointments quickly and control everything around your home, including thermostats, light switches, and modern appliances. And to top that, your kids can use it to entertain themselves by playing various fun games. Amazon offers a range of devices for you to choose from, some with or without a display, and in a few classic colours which fit every interior. It’s a great companion who will help you stay organised.
- iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum
Everyone with pets and children would appreciate the help a robot vacuum provides. Vacuuming their messes the standard way usually takes a lot of time and effort. The Roomba Robot Vacuum created by iRobot allows you to forget about this chore completely. You can work or relax while the machine rolls around your hard floors, gathering lint, crumbs, dust, pet hair and anything else it can find. Its impeccable sensors let it take directions from you but never bump into walls or furniture. You can easily control it from your phone and program it when to start and stop. The robot vacuum will clean for around 1 hour, then return to its docking station to recharge until the next cleaning cycle.
- Braava Jet
Another genius creation by iRobot. Mopping is just as time-consuming and cumbersome as vacuuming. This is why Braava Jet is a real-life saviour because it simply does the mopping for you! Using three cleaning modes (standard, scrub, and rinse), this gleaming machine dispenses hot water mixed with detergent and jiggles its internal bristles to scrub away stubborn stains. It’s also equipped with precise sensors, which allow you to mop without causing damage to walls or furniture. It even recognises throw rugs and avoids them! It also has a few cleaning modes so that it can serve you for many various purposes. Imagine not having to ever vacuum and mop. It sounds like a dream!
- Ring Video Doorbell
Just imagine this picture – you’re working on something somewhere around the house, and you’re completely stuck and occupied. Suddenly the doorbell rings, and you have to get all to the other side to see who it is. Sounds familiar, right? With amazing inventions like Ring, you won’t have to run across the house at all. Just tap on your smartphone app, and you’ll be able to see and talk to the person on the other side. You can also privately see who it is and decide if it’s worth opening the door at all. It’s a great invention that changes the way we look at home security and privacy. The more evolved versions also have motion-activated lights, infrared night vision and a 110-decibel alarm you can activate on suspicious activity.
Everyone in Australia knows how difficult it is to find a decent Internet connection. The reason for this disturbance is the fact that the walls of your house limit the signal your device receives from the router. Or your WiFi connection is excellent in one room but completely disappears in the other. Plume will make your entire family happy by providing the same quality of WiFi in every room. It’s a cloud-powered self-optimising network. It consists of pods that connect to your network and transmit between each other. All you need to do is plug a pod in every room and enjoy the perks of quality WiFi all over the house!
- Nest Protect
Smoke alarms are essential for the safety of your home, but they also often malfunction and go off at all times from even the smallest amount of smoke. Even a candle can set them off. Nest Protect is a newer and much better version of the standard smoke alarm. The smoke sensor is industrial-grade, and it can detect various levels of smoke. You can silence it from your phone. And as a great addition, it has a carbon monoxide sensor with a 10-year lifespan. This is a revolutionary tool for your home since you cannot see or smell carbon monoxide even if your home is full of it.
It’s not a very popular fact, but indoor air is proven to be more polluted than the air we breathe outdoors. It’s the accumulation of dust and the stagnation of the air that makes it so dangerous. And our ventilation systems often contribute if they haven’t been cleaned for a long time. All this can be very unpleasant for people with allergies and asthma. Airmega can provide ease for these severe issues in just seconds. The gadget captures 99.97% of the particles that usually inhabit the indoor air, like dust, dander, pollen and other easy to inhale allergens. It also contains a sensor that tracks the air quality in the house on a regular basis and recommends preventative measures if something is out of the ordinary. You can control it via an app on your phone, or you can leave it on “Smart Mode”, which allows Airmega to decide on its own how to adjust the fan speeds.
- August Smart Lock Pro
If you’re worried about the safety of your home while you’re away, a device like August Smart Lock can put your mind at ease. All you need to do is install it on your door, and your smartphone will become an intelligent key to your property. It will give you the option to grant or deny access to various people trying to enter it, no matter if you’re in the home or not. You will also get notifications when someone’s at the door, and thanks to the camera, you can also speak to your visitors.
- Seven Hugs Smart Remote
Just a decade ago, technology like Seven Hugs Smart Remote could be seen primarily in movies. It’s a small remote that fits right into the palm of your hand. But what it does is beyond our dreams – it controls everything in your home powered by Wifi, Infrared or Bluetooth technology. Nowadays, this includes your television, speakers, sound systems, lights, the thermostat and even some air conditioners and laundry machines. This piece of tech is so advanced that you can point it at the window to get the weather details or point it at the door to get an Uber.