Heading off to college this semester? Our tech experts are sharing which devices will help transform your dull dorm room into a smart one that will be the envy of everyone else on your floor.
Meet your new favorite study buddy
Smart speakers like the Echo Dot and Google Home Mini are perfect for the dorm, as they take up little space, and can shout out answers to you or read aloud on the topic you’re looking up for your research paper. They’re also helpful to have around for downtime – you can listen to your latest playlist or have Alexa order Chinese takeout. With several smart speakers now on the market, it’s easy to find one that fits your needs and that’s affordable on a college student’s budget.
Fresh brewed coffee, straight from your phone
Smart plugs automate the different electronics in your life — from your TV to your coffee pot — and allow you to control them from your smart device. You can use them to get your morning caffeine fix brewing before you even get out of bed or for checking back in to make sure you turned your curling iron off when you rushed out the door to your 8AM lecture.
Set the mood with smart bulbs
It can be a challenge to make your dorm room feel more like home when you’re dealing with harsh overhead lights. That’s where smart lighting comes in. Smart bulbs help to set the right mood in your room, and they can be dimmed or change colors with the touch of a button. They’re super simple to install and can be controlled either via WiFi or a companion app, depending on which model you purchase.
Clean your room… with a robot
With all of the studying and socializing in a college student’s calendar, it’s hard to make time to clean your room – especially when your parent isn’t there to make you do it, right? Sounds like a job for a robot vacuum, like the iRobot Roomba. Just turn Roomba on from your phone or other compatible smart device and watch it clean up all the crumbs leftover from last night’s pizza.
Keep (smart) tabs on your stuff
Having roommates can be fun, but it can also mean that your personal property may become communal if someone gets a little too free with the term “borrowing.” Using iOS and Android-compatible Bluetooth trackers, such as those made by Tile, you can use your phone to locate items that seemingly got up and walked away on their own. Attach them to your keys, wallet, backpack – any important things you want to keep tabs on.
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