This year, we’re entering into a new era of smart homes. Everything from lights to vacuum cleaners can be controlled using intelligent sensors, voice activation and apps. Homes are also becoming ever more connected. This has been spearheaded by the invention of the virtual assistant, Alexa, who can perform your daily tasks saving you time. As technology advances, certain furniture is becoming obsolete. Digital frames are replacing traditional picture frames and music in the cloud is making CD racks obsolete.
The space that is seeing the most interior innovation is the kitchen. No matter how proficient you are at the stove, the kitchen is what makes your home. Add smart technology, and it can transform you life.
So what are the smart appliances and equipment worth buying to take your cooking space to the next level?
The Smarter Way To Wash Dishes
Cleaning a mountain of dishes after a long day at the office is enough to make you squirm. The invention of the dishwasher in 1886 revolutionized the way that we clean our crockery. This automated machine has made our lives easier ever since, and now the technology has advanced to another level. The first positive development is making the appliance more eco friendly. According to the Department of Energy, that means saving on water consumption, which not only shaves cost off your water bills but it eases the burden on the environment.
The second is the infusion of smart technology. By being able to pair your dishwasher with smart apps, you can get it to perform additional tasks like automatically ordering more detergent when it’s running low. Other perks include being able to keep an eye on your washes and controlling the cycles from other rooms or even outside the house. The only thing a smart dishwasher can’t do is self-load, but other than that, it’s worth investing into.
The New Way To Refrigerate
Another one of our most essential appliances is the humble refrigerator. This is an appliance that we use multiple times a day, so it’s worth having the best available machine. If you’re ready for an upgrade, consider a smart refrigerator. These appliances are excellent at self-regulating temperature and optimizing it according to the food and beverage that you stock inside. Many models also come with high-resolution cameras and screens that alert you when you’re running low on your favorite products, and even offer to put in your grocery order for you. In addition they can Google recipes for you, recommend meal options, and coordinate a schedule for every member in the family. This is definitely the future of preserving our foods, and now’s a good time to bag a bargain.
Washing Clothes Is No Chore
In the list of household errands, washing clothes ranks high. This is another activity that we can’t avoid unless we can afford to do a weekly trip to the Laundromat. A smart washer and dryer can take the stress away. Not only the state of the art models the most efficient at leaving your clothes spotless, but the process is as gentle as taking your clothes to a professional dry cleaners. The machine will analyse its contents and recommend cycles that will treat every fabric with the utmost care. If one of your clothes has a snag or a button missing, the washer can alert you that it needs repair. As with the dishwashers and refrigerators, the washers and dryers also pair with intelligent apps to give you maximum control over the duration of the cycle. This includes voice activation, you can actually instruct your washer to start a cycle from the other side of the room. And if your wash is likely to cost you a lot in utilities, your machine will tell you, so that you can plan ahead.
Customized Coffee For The Early Risers
Do you rely on a caffeine fix to take you through the day? A smart coffee machine could be just what you need. There are many different versions on the market, all packed with different intelligent features. These include the aforementioned voice activation, allowing you to request your coffee maker to prepare your brew from anywhere in the house. You can also use an app to do the same. Some coffee makers will make you a straight up Americano or Espresso while others will also grind coffee beans exactly to your liking. There is even talk of machines that will know how well you’ve slept the night, and adjust the strength of the coffee accordingly. While that may be taking it a step too far, this is a useful twist on one of our favorite every day kitchen gadgets.
All of these appliances are indicators that by 2020 we’re going to see a full smart home revolution. These machines are soaring in popularity, so now is the perfect time to swap your old dishwasher for an intelligent one. Even academic institutions like Iowa State University have a dedicated lab to research how we can make our homes even more technologically connected. For now we can safely predict that this technology will very soon become “the new normal”.