Smart Kitchen, Smart Home

in TASTEMAKERS

By Linnea Covington

Welcome to the Internet of Things: a web of connectivity and remotely accessed appliances to help you have a smart kitchen, or even a whole smart home. After all, at this point, our whole lives are basically on demand, as we can program equipment, order goods, have food delivered, and even turn on our lights from outside the house—all with just the click of a button. The future is all over our homes, making it even easier to prepare for the day, get a meal on the table, and keep things pleasant all around.

Waking Up

But what does a day using the Internet of Things look like? To start with, you can program the temperature of your whole house from the confines of your bed with a smart thermostat. Just imagine: no more cold floors or running to a hot shower to ward off the chilly morning. If you still need some motivation to get up, get going with a playlist of sweet tunes—something you can also do from your phone when it’s connected to a wireless receiver. And honestly, is there a better way to get the day started and your body moving?

Coming Home

When you come home at night, have the house lit and waiting for you with an automated light device you can program from your smartphone. If you live someplace warm and like to come home to a cool kitchen, program it to get that ceiling fan going as soon as you walk in the door. Or, if you’re getting ready for winter, check out the latest Nest Leaning Thermostat with it’s Auto-Schedule feature that learns the temperatures you like and programs itself. Now that’s smart!

Cooking Dinner

Now that you are comfortably home, it’s time for dinner. If a nice roasted chicken or pot roast is in on the evening’s menu—a feat easily accomplished with a socially-networked digital measuring device. This little instrument connects to a mobile app that helps measure spices and suggests alternate ingredients in case you’re short or want to substitute. You can also multi-task with a smart thermometer. With a tool like this, you can monitor the temperature of your food from a tablet or phone, set alerts for when the dish is ready, and share recipes with others. With that, dinner is served, and your day is done.

Keep your home at just the right temperature with a smart thermostat:

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