Ok Google (Google Home)
Finally a house guest that actually earns its keep. Google Assistant, the smart AI built into Google Home is one of the most helpful and more intelligent friends you won’t mind have hanging around.
Forget asking your partner or roomie to lower the temperature before they leave the house. Don’t even bother seeing if they can find that funny clip you were watching last night. With Google Home your lazy, good-for-nothing’s housemate’s days are numbered.
Google Home is the latest addition to any tech-savvy household. The voice-activated speaker, which is powered by the Google Assistant, can tell you off the top of its head what the cost of tickets will be to your holiday destination, as well as the local currency is and which spots you have to visit while there.
Smart Home Device with Voice Assistant
Google Home, the slick new addition to the Google family, and yours, isn’t quite there yet in terms of being fully integrated with its ecosystem, but you can rest assured it won’t be much longer before it’s fully compatible. Soon Google Home and the built in Assistant will be able search old emails for you, read out your text messages and respond to them and probably be better company than the humans in your life.
If you already use voice assistant services, then Google Home is an obvious choice for you; down the line it will only add value and complement how you live and interact with your devices at home. But it’s not there, not yet.
Keep an eye on it. It’s only a matter of months, or weeks, before Google Home will have more third-party services that will allow you to customize your home and devices to suit your needs. They’ve recently opened up their platform to third-party developers, which almost guarantees a flood of Home-compatible apps coming shortly. We suggest you jump on the bandwagon now because as soon as it becomes more capable the demand will dictate the price.
Smart Door Locks and Smart Door Bells are Getting Smarter
As home security is becoming more and more important and people are installing security surveillance systems with cameras closely following all activities in and around the house, standard door locks are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Yes, this is not just a thing you see in the movies anymore, the smart locks have become a mechanism that is spreading fast. If nothing else, the technical side of the whole thing is very appealing – there is no need for carrying keys around anymore; all you need is a cell phone, your finger, or a key fob, depending on the lock you decide to get.
Who are These Devices for?
Naturally, this type of security system is not the most adequate for everyone. Tech-savvies are bound to enjoy this more than their 85-year-old grandmothers, who still don’t understand why new cell phones don’t have a keyboard. Frankly speaking, these are a bit more expensive than a regular lock and key set, but they do add to the value of the house later on- when selling your property, an electronic smart lock system will be the first thing your potential buyers will see upon entering the house, and it will immediately grab their attention.
Proximity locks are used for most cars nowadays, but they are becoming increasingly popular for homes as well. This is an electronic lock mechanism that controls the access to your home without the use of a traditional key, but rather, the electronic remote control is activated by a hand device, known as a key fob, or automatically by proximity, depending on your preferred settings.
Get a biometric lock, and you’re going to feel like the president. These locks will memorize and read fingerprints via and optical or thermal scanner, and based upon the authorized users, grant access to the house.
These locks are for you phone addicts out there, who can’t imagine being separated from this smart object. In a recent conversation with highly-rated master locksmiths, the phone will sync with the Bluetooth system in your lock via special apps, and you will be able to remotely control the settings from your smartphone. You could even set up the system to text you every time someone unlocks your door. Moreover, the new Bluetooth 4.0 is allowing these devices to operate without constant need for battery charging.
Most skilled locksmiths will have the know-how to install these devices. Additionally, some of these devices can even be positioned over the existing deadbolts, giving the old lock a brand new functionality.
What’s important to know is that these systems are not necessarily the safer option than your regular lock and key- after all, most lock pickers are used to picking normal locks, but with wider use of electronic locks, the number of professional electronic lock pickers will rise. Burglars make use of opportunity, and the only thing that will truly set them off is the lack thereof. Installing surveillance systems with cameras will further discourage break-ins. To make sure you have the best possible protection system for your home, make sure to consult with professional locksmiths or even members of your local police department.