As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of technology, it's essential to find devices that we can use in our day to day lives to help us manage our affairs and improve our lifestyles. Smart home technology may seem overwhelming at first, but fear not! We've curated a list of user-friendly gadgets specifically designed with our generation in mind. Embrace the convenience and simplicity of these smart home devices while maintaining a touch of familiarity.
1. Smart Speakers like Alexa
Let's start with an all-in-one voice-controlled assistant, smart speakers, such as the ever-popular Alexa, make daily tasks a breeze. With a simple voice command, you can control other smart home devices, play your favourite music, ask for weather updates, or even request a recipe. Having a smart speaker is like having a helpful companion in the room, ready to assist you whenever you need it.
2. Electric Window Blinds
Imagine effortlessly controlling your window blinds with the push of a button, well thanks to modern technology, you can! Electric window blinds offer convenience and are particularly beneficial for those with mobility issues, as your blinds can be opened and closed via remote control. Say goodbye to struggling with cords or struggling to reach high windows, with an easy-to-use remote control or wall switch, you can adjust the blinds to let in natural light or create privacy with minimal effort.
3. Smart Lights
Remember the nostalgic "clapper lights" from back in the day? Well, smart lights take that concept to a whole new level, with smart light bulbs, you can control your home's lighting with voice commands or through an app. No more fumbling for switches or worrying about leaving lights on. It's an ideal solution for boomers with mobility or memory issues, as well as those of us who appreciate a touch of nostalgia.
4. Smart Picture Frames
At our age, we have a lifetime of memories we’ve made and a lifetime of photos to go with them, by now most of us will have more pictures than we do frames! Rather than keeping all your pictures in the attic, you can relive all of your cherished memories with a smart picture frame. These smart frames can hold hundreds of your pictures and automatically rotate through them, allowing you to enjoy family moments, vacations, and precious milestones. Display your favourite photos effortlessly and relish in the heartwarming nostalgia that comes with each frame.
5. Smart Locks
If you’re like me, you’ll occasionally worry about whether you remembered to lock the door or not! If that sounds like you, a smart lock can provide peace of mind. With these innovative locks, you can check and control the locking status of your doors remotely. Some even have features like automatic locking when you leave your home and automatic opening when they sense you return. Embrace technology's helping hand in ensuring your home remains secure.
6. Smart Doorbells
We’ve all been there before, you’ve just sat down for the evening and your doorbell rings, could it be a friend popping around for a chat or just a door to door salesman? Well, you need to leave your comfy chair to find out. But you can now use smart doorbells which enable you to see and speak to visitors from your smartphone or tablet, regardless of where you are in your home. Enhance your home security by visually verifying guests or deliveries without the need to physically reach the door.
7. Robotic Vacuum
Say goodbye to the tedium of vacuuming your home, with a robotic vacuum cleaner, these handy devices autonomously clean your floors without you needing to lift a finger, effortlessly gliding around your home while you focus on other tasks or enjoy some well-deserved relaxation. Embrace this time-saving gadget that helps keep your home tidy and frees you from the burden of daily vacuuming.
8. Smart Pill Dispensers
Managing medications can be challenging, especially for those of us who’s memory isn’t what it used to be. Smart pill dispensers offer a solution by automatically dispensing the right medication at the right time, with reminders and notifications, you can ensure you never miss a dose or take a pill you’re not meant to have yet. Rest easy knowing your medications are managed efficiently and reliably.
As boomers, we may have been hesitant to embrace technology, but smart home devices designed with our needs in mind can truly enhance our lives. From voice-controlled assistants to easy-to-use automated gadgets, we can find convenience without sacrificing familiarity. Embrace the possibilities offered by smart home technology and make your daily routines simpler and more enjoyable. Remember, it's never too late to explore and embrace the benefits of the digital age.