Most people agree that Albert Einstein was smart. Without doing an in-depth study on the man himself, the fact that he developed the theory of relativity and the quantum theory of light tells us his brain was a force to be reckoned with!
It’s the same with Italian physicist Galileo Galilei, English physicist Isaac Newton, and German novelist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. According to their IQs, they were smart, smarter, and smartest!
We understand what makes a person smart. But what makes a home smart? It all begins with smart home gadgets.
The Prevalence of Smart Home Gadgets
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), “[W]orldwide shipments of smart home devices reached 801.5 million units in 2020, an increase of 4.5% over 2019.” This number is staggering in and of itself. The number is even more telling when we add the 2020 upheaval caused by a pandemic, economic instability, and uncertainty about the future.
Adam Wright, a Senior Research Analyst for the Smart Home division of IDC, writes, “Consumers have shifted their spending priorities from other areas like vacations, going out to eat, or visiting cinemas to focus on adding more comfort, conveniences, and entertainment at home. As such, we have seen that smart home devices like streaming sticks, smart speakers, security devices, smart lights, and others have performed well over the past year."
Here’s what we can ascertain from the numbers—smart home gadgets, like smartphones, are here to stay. So, what are they?
What Are Smart Home Gadgets?
There are five key features of smart home devices:
- Remote accessibility
Smart home gadgets begin by sensing and collecting data related to motion, temperature, lighting control, and other factors. They also store more diverse and complex user data.
For example, your smartphone gathers information about your age, interests, real-time locations, and health. Most of this data is gathered by apps and online services. In general, your smartphone collects information about virtually everything in your life. All this information serves as a catalyst to connecting you with the services and goods that will ostensibly improve your life by making it easier in some way.
Automation can occur in your current location or remotely. Generally speaking, it’s the process of a device automatically performing a task based on sensor inputs or programmable triggers. It’s like a reflex: if this happens, then do that.
For example, a popular smart home gadget is the Google Nest Thermostat. This device collects data every time you walk past it, and it compiles data when you aren’t home. Then—without any help from you—it uses that information to stabilize the temperature in your home according to when you’re there and when you’re not.
There is also a remote access option by which you can raise or lower your temperature from the comfort of your smartphone.
As we mentioned above, you can control smart home gadgets remotely.
Our Teak Smart Power Cube allows you to cut power to your electronic devices in your home or office when you’re away. Why is this important?
If you’re like us, you’ve experienced the discomfort of remembering you left the coffee pot or curling iron on before you left your home. Suddenly, your imagination fills with the horrors of the devastating consequences that leaving these devices on can bring about. You might be too far from home, or sitting in a meeting, which precludes you from running back home right away.
The Teak Smart Power Cube allows you to cut power to your devices remotely. Disaster averted!
According to the Canary security system website, “A device starts getting really smart when it begins to understand and analyze its surroundings. This means the device can sense where it is (e.g., GPS), what devices are nearby (via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or other wireless protocols), and/or what is happening around it (e.g., computer vision).”
Some smart home gadgets will turn the lights on in your living room when a person walks in but leave them off if your dog enters the room. Home locks will lock the door if a stranger approaches the door but not if the homeowner approaches. This awareness from inanimate devices is incredible and adds value to our lives.
Learning devices automatically identify patterns over time. Then, they change how they respond to various triggers or events without being reprogrammed.
A fun example of a smart home gadget that learns over time is the Tapia AI Robot Companion. The tech website TheGadgetFlow offers this product description, “Gain a friend and an assistant in one with the Tapia AI Robot Companion [...] This delightful robot is capable of recognizing human voices and actions to cater better to your needs. Tapia can remember birthdays and names as it learns with each conversation.”
Teak Smart Cube Meets All the Criteria!
The Teak Smart Cube meets all five of the established criteria for making a smart home gadget smart.
Our cube helps you save money on your electric bill and reduces your carbon footprint by learning when you need power to flow to your devices and when you don’t. It’s really that simple.
Through AI learning, remote access, sensing and automation you can power off devices during the hours they aren’t normally in use. Never watch TV from 2 a.m. to 5 p.m.? No problem. The Teak will power your TV off from standby mode during those times. Up to 10% of your energy bill is from devices in standby mode and it’s always good to save money on energy. Not to mention, reducing the impact of wasted energy on the environment!
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