What IS a smart home? A frequent question. Usually followed by ‘why should I want one’? And sometimes throwing in The Internet of Things for good measure.
Simply, a smart home is a home in which systems talk to you, and each other.I find this is best illustrated by examples:
My father is not as young as he was, so I will be alerted if he stops moving around for a while, or if he doesn’t turn on the lights after dark. His smoke alarms will send me a text if they go off – that is, he’s burnt the toast again.
I can manage my heating from my phone. This one tool has saved me money as well as keeping me warm.
My partner didn’t want to use more than one remote to manage the home cinema system (or TV, as she calls it). So her phone controls that too. And the lighting. One button does it all
Keep a tag on your most prized possessions. Car keys, passport, whatever you keep misplacing.
So, in summary, why should you want one? First and foremost, to increase the security and safety of your loved ones. Secondly, to save money. And thirdly, to reduce remote clutter. Sussex Smarts has a smart home, and is going to be using it as a demonstration suite. Would you be interested in seeing it in action? Let us know…
All pictures form part of Sussex Smart’s live demonstration.
You may have noticed that Apple regularly ask you to update the software on your iPhone.
Why do they do this, and why should you care?
The regular upgrades that are published roughly once a month concentrate on two things: security and bug fixes. There is a whole industry of hackers who spend their lives trying to break into computers (and your iPhone is most definitely a computer) so that they can steal your personal information. Contact details, bank and credit card information, passwords are all very valuable on the black market. You can consider the upgrades to be like Polyfilla, plugging holes that the hackers could use to get in. So Sussex Smarts say “yes, yes, yes” you should always do it as soon as possible. And we would be delighted to help you do it.
Bug fixes fix bugs. Clue’s in the name. You probably won’t notice any difference as they tend to be quite obscure, but every little helps.
The more significant upgrades change the version of the Operating Software itself. Today Apple announced iOS 10, which will be released on 10th September. These upgrades are annual, add new features, and sometimes change the way that the phone works. One small example is the ‘quick photo’ option. In iOS 9, then swiping up on the camera logo on the lock screen launched the camera app. In iOS 10, swiping left anywhere on the lockscreen does the same thing. This will take all of us weeks to learn!
Sussex Smarts is already planning it’s future sessions all the way through to Christmas.
The team has already come up with lots of great subjects including:
– Can you help me choose a laptop for my family?
– What are my options for a modern music system?
– How can I call Australia for free?
– What’s Twitter
– How to save money with a smart thermostat.
The hardest part of starting a new business is getting started. There’s so much to do, and suddenly so little time. The good news is that we’re ready to announce and start taking reservations for our first training sessions. Fliers have been printed, and this web site is live.