We all know that smart technology makes our lives easier, sure, but does it really make them better? Is it worth investing so much of your time and money; do you really get that great of a return?
Here’s a (very) optimistic storyline of how someone that dedicates the time, money, and effort needed for an advanced smart life can benefit.
Goooood mornings are hard to come by, but they don’t have to be. Think about the things that make you cranky in the morning: your alarm pulls you out of a deep sleep, the room is still dark, turning on the light is sudden and hurts your eyes, it’s cold. Smart home technology can take care of all of those things:
- Using a sleep tracker that talks to your alarm clock, you are only prompted to wake up after you come out of a REM cycle, not when you are in one.
- You can program your lights and your blinds to start lighting up your room slowly while you are still sleeping, so that by the time your alarm goes off, the room is already filled with soft lighting.
- Your smart thermostat can use IFTTT communications so that it turns on the heat or air conditioning before or when you wake up.
So, that takes care of one of the hardest parts of the day for me. Once I’m awake and moving, life is a little easier.
To start my day, I can check my sleep tracker to see if I got a good night’s sleep. If not, I’ll know that I might need to have a cup of coffee, or an extra cup, and that I might need to make the coffee a little stronger than normal. If I know that I rested really well, I might decide to skip coffee altogether. Either way, I’m making smart choices for my body and my mind.
While I’m getting ready, I can have my home assistant read me the news. This saves me time since I won’t be rushing to get ready so that I have a few minutes to catch up on the news, and it also means there will be a few less moments of screen time for my eyes that day.
All that, and I haven’t even really started my day yet! Smart home technology is also great for people that have anxiety. I don’t have to worry about whether I left my hair straightener on, because when I think of it I can just check the smart app on my phone and turn that switch off. Same goes for your lights, locks, and garage door. You can easily check that they are all off or secure. This frees up your mind to concentrate on work, and reduces your stress and anxiety levels.
So, overall, I’d say that if someone commits to their smart tech, and is using it to its potential, then it can definitely make life better, and not just easier.
What do you think?