Let’s face it, technology makes almost everything faster and more efficient. And that is why we love it. These days, there are more digital nomads and people travelling for business than ever before, and their whole lives are made easier with a few small gadgets. A laptop, a voice assistant, a smart thermostat, and even cleaning can be managed with ease.
Technology has revolutionized how we work and how we travel – and the fact that both can happen at the same time – is fantastic. We are already used to collaborating with different countries simply by using Skype and Slack, but now we can do so much more.
When it comes down to it, we become so accustomed to using these little machines of wonder that hotels just don’t seem to have. Not to mention, it’s not as much bang for your buck as a fully equipped and furnished apartment. When you have the luxury of how and when to work – isn’t it time you explored a bit more?
In the meantime, while you’re dreaming of jetting off let’s take a look at a few bits of equipment that will make your life super easy.
Let There Be Light!
While there is a big copper-toned industrial bulb trend ( which look cool for sure) you can instead upgrade to smart lighting. Ideally, you will already know which platform you want to go with. Think about the brand of home hub you have and look for things that work in that group. Alternatively, you can get setups that work purely on Bluetooth, and you can control that from your mobile phone. If you want to dive a little deeper into why smart lighting is good for you, it is because your brain reacts to lights and tones. So you can pick something for during the day to keep you zingy and something warm and low in the evenings – with a timer to reduce the heat and then turn off totally after 20 minutes.
If you really want that sci-fi film feel then spring for a plasma ball – just for fun.
Get Your Groove On
“Hey Siri – Play Dance Playlist on Shuffle!” “Alexa… play Best of Led Zepplin.” Hook your home up to a SONOS system, and you can have your ideal soundtrack playing all day long. One of the best things about SONOS is that they have varying price points,and can work with almost any budget. You get to create your playlists on almost any platform and they will be compatible too.
To be able to work comfortably, or sleep well the temperature has to be perfect. When you have a smart thermostat that is hooked up to your mobile phone app – it will always be just right. If you want something that is going to learn as it goes, then the Nest Learning Thermostat has got your back. When you are home, it starts to understand what you like the evening temperature to be, how often you take a hot bath, and intelligently make decisions about the temperature in your home, etc.. You’ll need this one hooked up by a professional, though.
Sparkle and Shine
There are a few options you have when it comes to smart cleaning technology
1) hire a cleaner
2) always stay somewhere with cleaning services,
3) buy a vacuuming robot.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to have all of your cleaning automated, but you can at least have your floors done before you wake up every morning. There are a few brands of vacuum robots, and they aren’t as high priced as they once were. You can set a timer for your new friend to head off to clean the floor each day, and let it do the job. You’ll need to move cables off the floor as some of the cheaper options aren’t as ‘smart’ as the high-end ones – but they all get the job done.
Work in the mornings means a hot cup of coffee. Imagine the joy of being able to press a button on your phone or give a command to your home hub, and the coffee machine turns on. Aside from cleaning out and topping up the beans in the machine, you will always have fresh hot, bean-to-cup coffee ready to go. The Smarter Coffee system is great for busy mornings and busy people – who love a helping hand.
In conclusion, if you want to make the most of your home, being able to work away – as and when you like, then smart technology is the right choice for you.