Will you be "connected" this year?
There’s a good chance you read something about connected homes recently, given the many articles written on the subject. The news was all exciting, but some innovations are not within everyone’s reach.
Could 2016 prove to be the year connected objects really begin to pervade our homes and lives? It seems like a good bet, considering everything that’s now on the market. Let’s take a look at some of the little gadgets that could change the way we live.
The green thumb
How often should you water your plants? How can you make them grow? Flower Power from Parrot provides the answers to those questions. This little gadget resembles a branch. Once you insert it into the soil in your planters, it analyzes four parameters of plant health: sunlight, temperature, fertilizers and moisture.
For instance, you receive alerts on your phone if a plant needs to be watered. The device’s database contains 7,000 plants and it adjusts to the profile of each individual plant.
Keeping an eye on Fido
Do you leave the house every morning wondering how Fido or Fluffy spends the day while you’re away? Petcube is a small cubic camera that sends real-time video to your phone, so you can watch over your dog or cat from afar and even communicate with them through a microphone. The company doesn’t say whether you can use Petcube to monitor other family members or scare off intruders.
Pastry-making made simple
Just about everyone enjoys eating cake and pastry, but far fewer of us have much of an appetite for complicated recipes! The Drop system consists of a smart scale linked to an application. You choose a recipe, put all the ingredients one after the other in a mixing bowl on the scale, and the app will tell you if you have the right quantities and what to do next. No more ruined recipes or getting bogged down in complicated instructions!
Who goes there?
SkyBell has designed a smart doorbell that sends an HD image to your phone when someone comes to the door and presses the button. You can also hear visitors and speak to them before deciding whether to answer the door. The camera has a night-vision feature and works in extreme temperatures.
Bonus: Finding your car
A vehicle may not be part of the house, but it can get you back home from wherever you are! Now with the help of a small device connected to the car’s cigarette lighter, you can find your vehicle in case you forget where you parked. It comes in handy in a crowded shopping mall parking lot!