For years, moms had to do the lion’s share of work around the home. That, however, could all be about to change. Home automation tech is marching forward, offering busy parents like you tools that you can use to cut down on housework, free up more time and improve your quality of life.
Here are some inspiring, smart home tech ideas you can use in the modern family home.
Smart Coffee Maker
Do you need a caffeine hit in the morning to get you going before the school run but don’t have time to make a proper brew? If so, then you could benefit tremendously from a smart coffee maker – an intelligent, labor-saving device that takes the hassle out of making your morning cup of Joe.
The way it works is simple. You connect the coffee machine to your regular WiFi and download the companion app on your phone. If you’re in a rush and don’t want to wait by the coffee machine while it makes your drink, just open the app and tell it to start creating it for you. The coffee maker will then get on with the job in the background while you carry on with your schedule, allowing you to pick up your beverage when you’re ready.
Lost And Found Tech
Moms often end up being the member of the family who has to keep track of where everyone’s possession are located.
“Mom, where are my keys?” “Mom, where is my wallet?” are both common questions in typical households. You’ve probably heard all these and more numerous times before. Not only are questions like these a source of stress, but they are also a massive time-waster too. Data from the US suggests that people spend around 2.5 days per year trying to track down lost items, costing a whopping $2.7 billion.
Now, though, with the smart home, there’s a solution. Companies have developed technologies that use your home’s smart hub system to tag and identify commonly lost items, like keys and wallets. All you do is log onto the app on your phone and it’ll show you where your stuff is – no more need to go on a massive hunt.
Sleep-Assisting Light Bulbs
When you’re a busy mom, you can sometimes find it challenging to wind down in the evenings. So much stuff is going on, you’re head’s buzzing!
Electronics firm, GE, however, has a smart technology that might offer some assistance to stressed-out moms. The company’s big idea is a sleep-inducing lightbulb and automatically adjusts brightness and color throughout the day. In the mornings, it produces a brighter, bluer light, designed to get you up and out of bed. Then, in the evening, it becomes dimmer and redder, encouraging your brain to release the sleep hormone, melatonin. What’s more, it does it all in the background – there’s no need for any user input whatsoever.
Smart Soil Sensors
Doing all the housework is enough for most moms. The last thing you want is to have to spend hours monitoring the garden too. Here’s where smart soil sensors can help.
The way these devices work is surprisingly simple. All you do is push them into the ground and then connect them to your smart WiFi hub. They will then report soil conditions to an app on your phone, telling you whether you need to water your plants, add fertilizer, or provide them with additional shade. This device saves you from having to go out and inspect the soil yourself or wasting time watering your plants when they don’t need it.
Are you a mom who likes to stay fit? If so, then you’ll love smart body mass scales.
Body mass scales that measure your BMI have been around for a while, but it wasn’t until the concept of the smart home began to emerge that they became more integrated with the rest of your life. Now, though, you can connect your scales with your phone, collecting information on how much you move and what you’re eating. Both the scales and the sensors on your phone pool their data and provide you with a host of metrics you can use through a connected companion app.
Doorbell Camera And Smartlock
Sometimes, as a mom, you’d love to be able to selectively let people into your home without having to be there yourself.
Good news: with a doorbell camera and smart lock, you can. Just open the app, view the live video feed from your front door, and then select “unlock” to allow the maid, your kids, or anyone else into the house.