n today’s world, it’s safe to say that smart devices have taken over. From smart locks and doorbells to smart lighting and robot vacuums, smart devices have even taken over the home. By making the home more accessible and user-friendly, these smart home devices are making a huge difference in the lives of those living with a disability or chronic illness.
If you have a disability or chronic illness, and you’ve been considering turning your home into a smart home, take a look at these smart home devices.
The Amazon Echo is a Bluetooth speaker powered by Alexa, Amazon’s handy voice assistant. The device works as a central control point for a number of smart home devices directly. It also works with If This Then That (IFTTT) to control plenty of others via “recipes” you can create yourself.
August Smart Lock
The August Smart Lock adds smarts to the deadbolt you already have. This smart lock allows you to lock and unlock your door, create virtual keys for guests and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your smartphone.
Ring Smart Doorbell
For those who are confined to bed due to a disability or chronic illness, or can’t see the doorbell from their wheelchair, a Ring smart doorbell is a must-have. The Ring smart doorbell has a motion-activated camera, two-way audio and HD video that will show you who is at the door. You can also hear and speak to anyone at the door in real-time from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Waking up in the middle of the night can be extremely painful or physically impossible for people with a disability or chronic illness. Thankfully, there are several different smart thermostats on the market today to help ease this task, including Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell and more. These smart thermostats allow you to change the temperature using your smartphone. Whichever you choose, it will give you increased control over the comfort of your environment, day and night.
Gone are the days of “clap on, clap off.” Now, there’s smart lighting. Smart lighting is one of the best tools for increasing access and visibility in your home. Smart lighting like the Philips Hue line allows you to easily control your lighting from your smart device. You can also change the colors.
The iRobot family of automated vacuum cleaners makes it easy for you to keep any floor in the house clean. With just the press of a button, these robots are designed to make vacuuming, floor scrubbing, mopping and sweeping easier than with conventional tools.