You don't have to be Tony Stark to have a place that obeys your every whim: 5 ways to include IoT in your home.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is based on the idea of connecting anything from a security camera to a light dimmer to the internet via your WiFi network. This offers many opportunities, such as allowing you to control and monitor lighting, appliances and surveillance through your smartphone.
Multiple systems can be networked to give you very real benefits: for example, a motion-activated security system can send footage to your phone while you're not home. If you see anything suspicious, you can turn on nearby lights remotely to deter intruders.
5 ideas for getting connected
● Control the power. The simplest option is to connect lights, heaters and other appliances to a WiFi-enabled smart plug that you can control from your phone.
● See what’s going on. Install a camera that can be panned and tilted remotely, and record to SD as a standalone unit or connect to your security system.
● Use voice commands. The next-best thing to J.A.R.V.I.S. is a smart display, which lets you use Google Voice or Amazon Alexa to literally tell compatible devices around your home what to do.
● Light up your life. Change the colour and intensity of smart bulbs in your home using your smartphone or voice control.
● Hack your own. If you’re comfortable with modding your devices, an Arduino WiFi shield allows you to add a network interface to just about anything electronic.
- July 2019