Five smart home family favourites
Family life isn’t the same without just a dash of chaos. If everything always went to plan, things would probably become a bit boring. In fact, the very nature of being a family means you’re together through the ups and the downs. So with the potential of a sprinkling of sporadic mayhem at any given time, it would be great to know what variables we can rely on.
That’s where your home comes in. Yes, it can be the hub of mania, but the house itself could probably help by taking care of everyday tasks so you can focus on the more important things. With that in mind, we reached out to some of our customers to find out what their smart home family favourites are. We’ve listed the top five in this blog to give you some inspiration…
“When I think back to my childhood, I remember how often I lost my front door key and the knock-on effect this had like having to change the locks and get everyone a new key.
That’s now a thing of the past. I wanted to make sure that my children didn’t cause the same hassle for me, so I chose an NFC Code Touch instead of a classic door lock. Plus, instead of bulky keys, all family members have a neat little NFC Key Fob. If one of these is lost it’s not the end of the world. The fob is just deleted from the configuration – then I can buy a new one for just a few pounds and easily add it. It’s like magic, and safer than a traditional key.”
The ‘baby’ lighting mood
”Since the birth of our little one, we’ve had our own lighting mood for breastfeeding in the bedroom. This activates dimmed lighting near the rocking chair – but the rest of the lighting in the bedroom stays off. This is great because my wife can feed the baby while I stay fast asleep.
Sometimes a nappy change is needed in the middle of the night. When this happens, we have our own lighting mood in the bathroom which only turns on a dimmed level of lighting so that the little one is not dazzled staring up at lighting that is at full brightness.
For us, this is a family favourite and we’re sure it is for the newest member of the family too – unfortunately, he can’t tell us yet ;)”
Bedtime stories on demand
“Our little girl can’t fall asleep without an audiobook. So as soon as she’s in bed, I start one of her fairy tales via the app. She then falls asleep quite quickly, so the audiobook is automatically set to stop after 30 minutes.
This means I don’t have to worry about remembering to turn the audiobook off and instead I can free up some time for other things.”
Fun at the (smart) poolside
“Of course, having a swimming pool is the ultimate for our two children. Filtering, backwashing and rinsing cycles happen automatically. We can intervene manually if need be – either via the app or on the edge of the pool with the Touch Surface.
The engraving in the stone gives way to numerous features and is a real eye-catcher. With this intelligent touchable surface switch, practical functions such as the pool’s lighting can be operated with a single tap.”
“One of my favourite features is Text-to-Speech. I use it, for example, to tell the kids to come downstairs for dinner. At the touch of a button, the message “Dinner’s ready” plays on the multiroom audio speakers.
We also use it to communicate remotely. For example, if I’m at work and my wife isn’t answering her mobile, I just select a predefined message in the app to play on all the speakers. The message could be “I’ll be home in an hour” or “Please call me urgently!”.
It’s a must-have in our family”
The smart home experience
Would you be interested in finding out more about living in a Real Smart Home? How about experiencing the features for yourself? Bring your family along to one of our info sessions with our smart home experts to see it all for yourselves.