Last week I explored the current connectivity capabilities that our smartphones have with our cars. This week, I will explore how well our smartphones are connected to our home life. The ranges of home connectivity options are vast but I hope to touch on some capabilities that are useful to the average user.
With the MP3 player becoming a relic of the past, many people’s smartphones are pulling double duty and supplying music for most users. As for home use, most people probably listen to music on their computers. However, with bluetooth it is a simple as syncing into an stereo receiver and having all the controls to your home stereo system’s playlist in your pocket.
Another great use is streaming media to your television. With Chromecast, Apple TV or Roku, all it takes is a press of a button with the Youtube, Plex, Netflix or Amazon Prime app and the media will start playing through your television. A simple wifi connection is all that is needed for the Chromecast to detect your device. Once connect to the network you will have complete control of the media through each app on your phone.
Finally, if you want to make it feel like you are living in the house of the future there are some really functional home control devices like Nest, the August Lock, and various garage door opener manufacturers designing openers that are compatible with smartphones. These gadgets use WIFI or Buetooth Low Energy (BLE) in order to interact with your phone. Once set up, you can have full control of your home with a smartphone.
The increasing connectivity abilities of smartphones highlights that our smartphones are eliminating the needs for other gadgets, as well as basic objects like keys and wallets. We are quickly moving towards a future where you will just grab one object before you leave the home, your smartphone. In a suburban community like northwest Indiana, this will be a major benefit. We have significant commutes to work, school or recreation and who wants to drag extra items around?