The last few years have seen a proliferation of internet enabled devices entering the market place. As they have become more and more popular their prices have dropped and are now at a point where simple home automation is affordable for the majority of us.
Voice activated automation is where I am most interested. For those with mobility challenges, voice activated automation holds a huge amount of promise/benefit.
Imagine being able to do the following from your bed or your sofa just by using your voice:
- Answer the front door – see who it is, speak to them and unlock the door if you wish;
- Turn on the TV, change channel, alter the volume – even when you can’t find the remote or you’ve dropped it under the bed;
- Call family and friends for a chat, or they can call you. No need to get up to find the phone;
- Have family and friends “drop-in” to check you are ok;
- Turn up the heating or the fan to circulate some air;
- Turn on or dim a lamp or lights without needing to get up and physically press the switch;
- Have the peace of mind that with a single command you can turn off the lights, lock the door, turn off the TV and the heating before you go to sleep;
- Order shopping for delivery by Amazon or your local supermarket or add items to your regular order.
Perhaps using some of the above, would help you more easily get through a period of illness, allow you to maintain a level of independence or reduce the need for assistance from carers, family and friends.