With more options for smart devices these days, you may have been hearing references to smart homes. Maybe you’ve wondered what that means. Smart homes refer to homes that incorporate smart devices, not just for entertainment purposes, but into appliances themselves. For example, a smart home may have a thermostat that’s voice-activated or it might be equipped with a security system that recognizes the inhabitants of the house. There are endless options for ways to make your home a smart home.
One of the best rooms for smart devices is the kitchen, since they need a lot of appliances. From the refrigerator to the microwave to the oven, modern smart technology offers an endless array of options for the latest in kitchenware. Having a smart kitchen means using smart devices that regulate the standard appliances that all kitchens have, such as your dishwasher, microwave, oven and stove, or refrigerator. It could also include smoke alarms and overhead lights, or even the climate control in your home. These smart devices make cooking and other activities easier, safer, and more efficient than ever before.
New Smart Kitchen Appliances
Smart Ovens: One example of a smart device you can find for your kitchen is a smart oven. It may seem odd to talk to your oven, but that’s exactly how devices like this work. Sensors in the oven connect to Wi-Fi, so you can regulate the temperature and settings by giving simple voice commands. For example, you can ask your oven to preheat to 375 degrees or set to broil or convection mode. You can even control smart appliances like these from an app on your phone. This means that you can check to see if your oven is on while you’re out of the house. You can even set it to preheat while driving home so that you can walk in the door and start dinner right away.
Smart Refrigerators: A traditional refrigerator is fairly straightforward, since it’s basically a box that keeps your food and drinks cold. But smart refrigerators have an impressive array of abilities. Not only are they outfitted with a temperature gauge, which lets you make sure your food is properly stored, but they have a tablet on the front door. This functions as a grocery list, memo pad, and more. It’s also accessible from the phone of any member of your family and voice-activated, so that they can share notes, menu plans, and shopping requests. Another interesting feature of smart refrigerators is their interior camera, which is designed to be accessed remotely from a cell phone. This means that you can survey the contents of your refrigerator while you grocery shop and see what you’re missing at home, saving yourself a return trip to the store.
Smart Garbage Cans: While smart kitchen appliances can make a world of difference to the way you cook and shop, there are even smart garbage cans. The purpose of these is to read the data about anything you throw away. They’re equipped with a scanner so that you can scan items as you throw them away. This automatically uploads them to a shopping list. If you throw out an empty carton of milk, for example, simply run a scan on the trash can to ensure you’ll remember to buy more later. You can also give voice commands, such as “Add milk to my shopping list.” This list can then be accessed from your phone while you shop.
Of course, there are many more ways to turn your kitchen into a smart kitchen. Smart lighting fixtures allow you to turn your lights on and adjust brightness with simple voice commands. You can turn lights on and off from your phone, even if you’re away from home. There are also options for light timers, which turn lights on or off at set times of the day. Nowadays, you can find smart versions of almost any kitchen appliance from coffee makers to blenders, food thermometers, and slow cookers. How you design your smart kitchen is a matter of preference. Whether you want to optimize your cooking, make it easier to store food, or save energy with your light use, you can find smart appliances for it all. These appliances are shaping a new way of looking at our kitchens and our homes: as a merging of physical and digital tools.
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