Connected Home 101

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Connected Home 101

2014 is said to be “the year of the connected home” by many tech experts, but what exactly does that mean?

The connected home, or the “internet of things” as it’s also known, is a system of connected electronics and appliances that can “talk” to each other to run more efficiently based on the way you use them.

This illustration, originally posted on Wired.com, shows future applications of the connected home technology.
This illustration, originally posted on Wired.com, shows future applications of the connected home technology.

How does it work?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are applied to appliances and electronics that emit frequencies allowing them to “talk” to each other. This is usually monitored via an app or website on your cellphone or computer, allowing you to make changes and adjustments remotely, from the devices you use all the time.

The whole point of a connected home is to make your daily tasks simpler through technology. And while the technical aspects may be complicated, the applications couldn’t be more intuitive. The connected home allows you to do things like:

• Remotely turn off your lights, adjust the thermostat and set the alarm if you forgot when leaving the house.
• Have your refrigerator tell you when you’re low on eggs, milk or juice, even if you forgot.
• Preheat your oven with a text from the office, so it’s ready to cook dinner by the time you get home.

The possibilities are endless. Think you’d benefit from a connected home? Why or why not?