It's fun to have flashy new tech just for the sake of it, but these connected things can save you time and bother.
These are just a sample of the smorgasbord of connected technology vying to make our home lives simpler and smarter. In the years to come, we'll be seeing more and more of the gizmos that we use around the house getting the ability to connect to the internet, whether they really need that functionality or not. I don't need a toaster that texts me when my toast is done, I need a sub $50 toaster that can actually toast evenly. How hard can that be? Impossible, apparently.
Security systems and temperature controls are cool, but my favorite items on this list are the bed and the shower. A bed that makes itself is every child's dream and it seems a bit too good to be true. I'm doubtful that OHEA is going to be able to pull it off. A shower that preheats the water to your chosen temperature is a brilliant idea. I feel like I spend a ridiculous, wasteful amount of time getting my shower water to a temperature that is neither freezing nor scorching.
If it seems like home functions are getting “smart” at a surprising rate, that's nothing compared to the pace of technological development over the last 15 years.