Get smart: 5 innovations for a high-tech home

Considering how far technology has come over the last decade, most homes remain surprisingly low-tech. These five simple innovations can make everyday life a little more convenient.

Digital door locks

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“Smartphone-operated door locks from companies like August and Kwikset are great,” Wendy Raizin, a Florida-based interior designer, told Dwell. “No more leaving a spare key under the mat, and if your hands are full, the device recognizes your phone and unlocks the door for you.”

Centralized technology management system

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An entry level Iris home technology management system costs under $200 and can be expanded, according to Dwell. Iris allows security system management, door locking, and light on-off control all from a mobile device.

Dropcam

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Dropcam is a video monitoring and security camera system that can send alerts and records to the cloud for remote viewing.

Sonos home audio

 

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“A Sonos home audio setup can be as simple or elaborate as the user chooses. A separate box controls up to 32 different sound zones within the home,” Raizin said. “They can play different music, or sections can be grouped together when necessary.”

Fridge with Wi-Fi

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Refrigerators and smart thermometers with Wi-Fi can monitor temperatures and send alerts directly to a smartphone. [Dwell]Christopher Cameron

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