Today, we continue our 7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home–part III. You can click here for part I and click here for part II. The environment we are in directly affects how we think and feel. A beautiful home can always enhance our moods and make us happier. Apart from that, a healthy and inviting home can also help us handle stress and fatigue more effectively. Today, these insights take on new meaning with new smart technologies that make home even more comfortable to live in since these smart home technologies make tedious, everyday tasks simpler, and at the same time boost our health and wellness. An effective smart home solutions take into consideration of our everyday emotional needs, desires, and routines.
Here are some examples in today’s smart home technology market:
Touchless option and Voice Control
Voice control can tremendously make life easier at home for people with a wide range of challenges, including limited vision and mobility restrictions. Voice activation can be especially helpful in the kitchen, when our fingers are covered in flour and we just want to turn on the kitchen faucet or look up cooking receipes without touching our phone.
Connected appliances allow us monitor our kitchen and oven remotely—meaning we can make sure our roast is roasting (and not burning) from the next room, or double-check that we have all the kale you need for the night’s meal while we’re still at the store. One of Samsung’s line of smart fridges equipped with Family Hub and Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant. Family Hub is basically like having a tablet screen built into our fridge door that also works as a memo board, and we can all access it from our phones. Plus, the fridge has a built-in camera, so if we’re ever out at the grocery store wondering if we have enough eggs at home, we can just take a peek inside from our phone.
We also can talk to our oven. This electric convection range from GE is just one example—it connects to wifi, so we can set it up to work with our Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, and several other apps for the easiest cooking experience ever.
Bathroom Smart Technologies
Automatic Hand Soap Dispenser
No need to touch the soap bottle ever again: Just put our hand under the sensor and this handy gadget dispenses the soap for us. It may not require an internet connection, but it will prevent bacteria from spreading all over your kitchen
Human Centric Lighting
Tied in with home automation are increasingly sophisticated lighting systems. This is a major wellness factor; think seasonal depressive disorder and how those folks could be helped by adding the appearance and feel of more natural sunlight to a space. Manufacturers are automating lighting to mimic the sun’s path from morning to night into advanced lighting systems. In addition to creating more naturalistic lighting to interiors, HCL reduces artificial blue light in the evening when it can negatively impact sleep. That’s why it’s also referred to as circadian lighting.
A lot of researches show how humidity impacts everything from sleep to asthma. There are a number of smart humidifiers on the market that will monitor the air, and automatically spring into action when humidity levels need adjustment.” Some examples: Dyson, and LG.
With a smart audio system, we can sync our phone to in-house speakers that pump out quality tunes at a volume that makes you want to actually move. The home sound system is a snap to set up, and we can easily move it around, if we want to host an outdoor BBQ or move apartments.
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To be continued