Being able to manage the smart gadgets you have in your home with your mobile phone isn’t what you would call hard work. Just the opposite. Once you’ve got the system set and working, you might, however, find the lack of simple physical, manual control takes a bit of getting used to.
As the person who uses it every day, you will soon find it amazingly convenient. But what about when guests drop in? If they are not au-fait with remote control technology, they won’t have the faintest idea about how to do the basics, like switching the lights on and off.
Non-expert friendly innovations
Just as well then that the industry has come alive to this fact. As a result, we are now beginning to see a few more smart home hardware device controllers coming onto the market that is more user-friendly for the non-remote-savvy visitor.
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in the US, one manufacturer (Brilliant) advertised a new smart plug and switch device they are designing that will work with touchscreen smart home controllers. It will provide dual remote and manual operation and will be available soon.
Mixing smart home remote technology with physical intervention
The idea of the new device is that as well as having access via your mobile, you will also be able to control all of the gadgetry in your smart home manually using the touchscreen of your controller. Once installed, visitors to your home will be able to switch lights on and off using wall-mounted smart switches like they do in their own homes.
Everything but the kitchen sink
This new Brilliant device comes with all sorts of innovations. It supports devices like Wemo smart plugs, and Philips Hue and Lifx lights. Other supported hardware includes Schlage, Yale connected smart locks via an app, ring alarms and Sonos speakers. Even Alexa and Google Assistant are being built in.
Of course, these new devices also have inbuilt cameras. They not only allow you to check your home visually on your mobile, room by room, but they facilitate room to room chats too. Everything except the kitchen sink – or are we speaking too soon?
Not only is the smart home technology getting smarter, but it is also doing it in a more inclusive way by being more user-friendly for all.