Remember when you bought your first VCR? You had a remote control for your new movie-watching device that you had to keep separate from CD player remote, your regular television remote and your stereo remote. Something as simple as changing the channel on TV meant having to fumble through several remote controls or attempting to program everything into a cumbersome (and huge) universal remote.
The same issue may be happening now in houses that are embracing the “smart home” way of life. As smart homes technology are introduced, homeowners are trying to avoid being overwhelmed by the clutter of devices, programming and controllers.
While there is not currently a single app or device that will manage every single smart home device in a home, you can take tangible steps to embrace the “less is more” approach to smart home devices, allowing you to feel less confused by the whole process.
Use a voice assistant to handle multiple devices
There are a number of voice assistants that are happy to control any number of smart home devices, and none of them require you to sort through multiple remote controls or even get off the couch. As How-To Geek notes, Amazon Echo and Google Home are examples of voice assistants that work with most, if not all, smart home devices. If you have smart lighting and/or a smart thermostat, you can say “Alexa, turn the living room lights on” or “Hey Google, turn the heat up to 72 degrees” and voila — the lights will turn on and the room will get nice and toasty, all without having to control multiple devices.
Use a smart home app
While there are apps that will run different smart home devices, your phone may feel cluttered with a dozen or so apps that you have to scroll through quickly to find the one that you want. Fortunately, thanks to the new Lorex Smart Home app, it can run several smart home devices from the one app. For instance, if you have purchased one of the many innovative and high-quality home security systems from Lorex Technology, like the 4K Ultra HD Resolution that is part of the Noctunal camera line, you can use your Lorex Smart Home app to control it, along with other devices. The new app will also connect with Alexa to make managing your home gadgets easier. If you are watching a movie at night and hear an odd noise outside, you can rest assured that the Nocturnal technology can capture clear footage of whatever is going, even when it is dark outside. You can then use your app to control and check your wireless camera system.
Look into augmented reality
Believe it or not, augmented reality (AR) for short, is now allowing you to interact with your smart home devices merely by looking at them. Available for both Android and iOS phones and called the Smart AR Home app, it uses an AR view to place and control devices in your home, giving you an auto-generated 3-D view of your place for remote control. This option, which is a newcomer to the smart home world, will add more features over time, so if you download the app be sure to watch for updates.
Smart homes do not have to be a jumbled mess of controllers
It is reassuring to know that you do not have to return to the days of a basket on the coffee table filled with all types of controllers. Thanks to voice assistant technology, apps and AR, the future of smart homes will be less fragmented and overwhelming and more cohesive and user-friendly.