1. Networking Device
It all started in the Eighties, some tech lovers working on computers came up with a way to connect computers for communication between individual military and educational units. Called the Internet today, it’s shown itself to be one of the greatest inventions of human history. It is now the backbone of our lives and there’s simply no escaping its usage, as more and more services are being rendered through it with time. Thus having devices that enable connectivity, such as wireless modems, and mesh network devices that enhance connectivity to every corner, are crucial buys for home. What’s more, many other appliances that get mentioned later here, also now depend on the internet for their operation or maximized usage.
2. Washing Machine
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3. Smart TV
Television and its related broadcast technology heralded a revolution in the way we communicated. For the first time, people could actually view an event that happened somewhere else right at home. Developments lead to the live broadcast of events and then viewing them in colour. It kept people entertained for hours, with news informing them of timely occurrences from around the world. People got hooked, and it got the dubious nickname “the idiot box” as it pulled people away from reading and other activities that nurtured minds. Today’s TV’s though is invaluable, having built-in features that make them ‘smart’, like targeted content and Video-On-Demand(VOD) services via Internet Connection, apps, voice activation, etc, making them advanced enough to replace a computer.
4. Microwave Oven
Seventy years ago, when researcher Percy Spencer had his bar of chocolate in his pocket melt during an experiment, he realized that he had stumbled upon something special. Microwaves are a type of light and are used in communication primarily. They also can heat food items by vibrating the water molecules in them via the phenomenon of resonance. This is how microwave ovens work, and their invention has removed the hassle of having to heat food over a conventional stove or oven. The latest ones come with presets for some specific recipes and have app-based control for greater convenience. They also allow for the addition of custom presets for newer recipes, making them an indispensable part of the kitchen.
5. Smart Refrigerator
The natural process of decay of organic matter made the trade and availability of food difficult in places where it was required the most. The same applies to certain medicines, which require them to be stored at a particular temperature. The discovery of low temperatures preservation and its application in the form of the refrigeration has changed how we live and what we eat. Extra food, both leftover and unused, can now be stored without it spoiling, as also medicines. Refrigerators today make instant cold water and ice, adjust cooling settings according to the content inside, can inform about items to be replenished via apps, and some top models can also automatically order them via the internet for extra convenience.
6. Air Purifier
The most visible of modern-day maladies is air pollution, since it blocks out our view of the road ahead, both figuratively and literally. Mass migration to cities since the industrial revolution has led to cramped spaces there, and the ever increasing vehicular and industrial use continues to add deadly gases and particles to the air. Poor ventilation and materials also contribute to indoor pollution. Air purifiers are a necessity now, as they make breathing easier, especially by removing harmful particulates like P.M. 2.5, which can’t be filtered out otherwise. Newer ones can actively monitor the pollution levels around them, and feed the data real-time to the app on your device to help plan activities accordingly.
7. Water Purifier/Dispenser
Joining the ranks of vital resources being adulterated nowadays is water. In the name of development, water bodies have been treated as waste dumps, rendering once potable water unfit for drinking. Purification is a must before consumption, and tap water is not always readily fit for drinking. Modern problems need modern technology to solve them, which is why water filters today have technologies like Reverse Osmosis (RO), Ultraviolet Irradiation (UV), Ozone (O3), in some combination to remove harmful materials and biological agents from the supply water. Higher end ones can inform via an app or built-in display the real-time pollutant levels. Dispensers have the facility to provide instant hot or cold water, which can cater to every water-related need instantly.
8. Smart Thermostat
Global warming continues to warm up the world, and climate change is introducing freak weather events which alter temperatures drastically over short periods. With such unpredictability, having to constantly adjust the temperature of the AC of the house will be tedious, especially if there are multiple units in various parts of the house. The technology of today solves this by using the Internet-of-Things (IOT) method, where those units are connected to a single smart controller hub via the internet or another similar technology. The hub provides all the necessary information, allowing one to control and monitor the temperature inside, as well as power consumption. It can also be operated using an app via the internet from anywhere and whenever needed.
9. Solar Heating and Lighting
Energy is what makes life possible, and the most powerful and prominent sources of it is the sun. It gives out more energy per second than all of humanity uses in a year. Thus harness its potential has been a long-standing pursuit, further necessitated by the urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to energy production. Technological enhancements have made solar-based heating and electricity production economical and practical. Solar water heaters and cookers offer energy, and thus, cost savings. Photovoltaic panels produce free electricity to be used and, when possible, exported to the grid for additional earnings. Smart meters with internet connectivity and batteries make the management of power supply and consumption a breeze.
10. Smart Home Speakers
When your house is filled with smart gadgets like those above, it becomes hard to monitor and control them continuously, having to multitask with various apps, or more dreadfully, multiple remotes. To solve this unique first-world problem, we have the internet connected smart home hub, available as a speaker. This gadget comes bundled with virtual assistants that respond to voice commands and perform the commanded action. The smart gadgets connect to this speaker and can be controlled via simple voice commands. Its abilities stretch to many other things like read out the current news, play your favourite song, set timers and alarms, help you shop online and order deliveries such as food, take notes and recite them when needed, etc.
The pace of change in technology shows no signs of decreasing, which means we’ll only get to live our lives in even easier ways. In many cases, they aren’t just means of convenience but also critical survival tools. They are the fundamental expressions of human ingenuity and the will to survive against all odds manifested, pushing us to dream beyond the possible while ensuring our existence as we strive to those new possibilities. That alone makes them worth a buy.