Unusual Smart Home Devices

By: William Sikkens
Host, User Friendly 2.0 Saturday’s at 5:00 p.m.

Smart home devices have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering convenience and automation in various aspects of our daily lives. While many smart home devices are practical and useful, there are also some rather weird and unusual ones out there. Here are a few examples:

Smart Toilets: Yes, even toilets have joined the smart home trend. Some smart toilets come with features like automatic flushing, heated seats, built-in bidets, and even music players or ambient lighting.

Smart Fork: If you're looking to improve your eating habits, you might come across smart forks. These forks can track your eating habits, including how quickly you eat and how many bites you take, and provide feedback to help you eat more slowly and mindfully.

Smart Umbrella Stand: Tired of forgetting your umbrella on rainy days? A smart umbrella stand can remind you to take your umbrella before you leave the house. It often uses weather data or motion sensors to detect when you're about to step out and provides a reminder.

Smart Planters: For those lacking a green thumb, smart planters can help take care of your plants. They monitor soil moisture levels, light intensity, and temperature, and can automatically water your plants or adjust the lighting to ensure optimal growth.

Smart Pet Feeders: While automated pet feeders are common, some smart feeders take it a step further. They have built-in cameras and microphones that allow you to interact with your pets remotely, dispense treats, and even play recorded messages.

Smart Mattresses: These mattresses track your sleep patterns, monitor your heart rate and breathing, and offer features like adjustable firmness or temperature control. Some even have built-in speakers for playing relaxing sounds or alarm clocks to wake you up gently.

Smart Mirrors: These mirrors double as information displays. They can provide weather updates, news headlines, or even display your daily schedule while you get ready in the morning. Some smart mirrors also have built-in lighting controls and voice assistants.

Smart Toothbrushes: Ever wondered if you're brushing your teeth properly? Smart toothbrushes connect to your phone and provide real-time feedback on your brushing technique, ensuring you reach all areas of your mouth, and brush for the recommended duration.

These are just a few examples of the weird and wonderful smart home devices available today. As technology continues to advance, we can expect even more innovative and unusual devices to emerge in the future.

William (Bill) Sikkens has been an on-air technology expert since 2013. With an expertise in I.T., cyber security and software design he has had more than 20 years’ experience with advanced technology. Sikkens conceptualizes and designs custom applications for many professional industries from health care to banking and has the ability to explain the details in a way all can understand.  Article edited by Gretchen Winkler, who is the co-host of User Friendly 2.0 here on The Answer Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.

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