Back to the Future with the Smart Home of Today
George and Jane Jetson were perhaps our pioneers in the evolution towards the “Smart Home” of today. More and more possibilities are coming to light as technology continues to open doors for us, in our own homes.
George and Jane Jetson were perhaps our pioneers in the evolution towards the smart home of today. More and more possibilities are coming to light as technology continues to open doors for us, in our own homes. The old clock timer connected to a light or radio to fool would-be intruders is a thing of the past. That old trick is being replaced by a technical web of wiring and computerized devices that “talk” to each other.
Home Monitoring on the Go
Now while you’re away, you can control nearly everything from your cell phone. You can turn lights off and on, and control the temperature inside your home. You can also set it up so you can adjust your watering system for your yard, and if you have a security system installed, you can watch what is happening from each camera inside or outside your home at any time.
Security packages are offered by most digital service providers and can be as simple or elaborate as you want or need. Some packages include a 24-hour monitored service and can include an indoor siren to alert you if someone is tampering with your windows or doors while you are at home.
When your home is set up to be a smart home, you can connect any electrical device to your network and control everything — even programming it to follow your voice command.
Because of the demand for increased technology, more and more homes are being built with integrated technology already in them, ready to arm. Some builders are including smart features such as lighting that turns on and off as you enter or leave a room. Palomar construction in Redding includes several of these smart home extras in their new construction. Some of this technology has been around for a while, such as auto water in sinks and auto flush toilets in most public restrooms. Once only affordable to the very wealthy, smart features in a home are rapidly becoming an expectation of buyers.
No matter what you think of technology and systems, freaky or exciting, it’s here to stay. Even cars are becoming smarter with the ability now to park themselves. They are programmed to “see” obstacles in their path even before the driver sees them.
We may still be a ways behind George and Jane Jetson, but with technology literally opening doors to the future, who knows how quickly we may be living the “Jetson” lifestyle.
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