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Home Automation – The Options You Have for Your Kitchen

Home automation has extended its roots to all areas of the home, with one of its destinations being the kitchen. Smart kitchen devices are now the order of the day, and now all you can do is hook up to the internet and you are able to cook better. Apps are now available giving you the power to remotely check and manage kitchen devices right from your smartphone. Let us check out some examples of automation systems that give you a chance to handle your kitchen tasks better.

1. Manage Your Grocery

Amazon Dash Button

Amazon came up with this physical button to make ordering of grocery easy. On the press of the button, the cost of the order is charged to your card and the grocery shipped to your doorstep.  All you have to do is place the button on the product you need to order, after which you press it, and the button sends the linked item ID to Amazon for order processing and delivery.

Hiku Shopping Button

Hiku uses barcode scanner software and voice recognition to help you generate a restocking list. All you have to do is scan the barcode on the item or speak your order into the microphone.  You can share the grocery list with friends and family.

2. Activity Monitors

Insignia Wi-Fi Smart Plug

You can automate your kitchen using this smart plug. The device controls most of your kitchen appliances such as the coffee maker. You need to load the insignia connect app, which allows you up to ten different timers that you can set up to handle weekly and daily schedules. The plug works by connecting to your home’s Wi-Fi network, making it accessible from your android or iOS device.

Nest 3rd Generation Programmable Wi-Fi Learning Thermostat

You can take control of your kitchen heating and cooling without taking a step towards the HVAC. This thermostat observes and notes your daily habits and adjusts to them automatically. Comes with the Nest Leaf feature that tells you when you have chosen an energy efficient temperature.

3. Know How Your Plumbing is Performing

Hydropoint 360

This device comes with a sensor that you install on the cold water pipe located under the kitchen sink. The sensor monitors and records the vibration levels that come through the plumbing system to understand what appliance in on at each moment. This data allows you to know how much water is being used up and alerts you on clogged pipes, leaks and future issues. The device also informs you on what to do to reduce on water wastage.

Elk Electric Water shutoff Valve

One of the biggest issues with kitchen plumbing is burst pipes. You have to connect the included valve to your security system or the home automation system for it to shut off the water main before it damages your pipes. You can also get a water sensor and place it anywhere has a high risk of developing leaks. This can be under the washing machine, by the bathroom floor or near the water heater.  This system will signal the automation controller to switch off the mains water in less than two seconds.

4. Smart Cooking Devices

Everycook automated Pressure Cooker

If you don’t like cooking, this is the cooker for your needs. This device acts as a chef-in-the-box system, giving you mechanized cooking, food processing and pressure cooking all in one system. Using the mobile app, you can select an ideal recipe from the online database. The recipe guides you on what ingredients you need to add to the cooker. After doing this, the cooker will take over, handling the mixing and settings. The cooker handles the cooking time automatically.

Instant Pot IP-Smart Bluetooth-Enabled Multifunctional Pressure Cooker

The cooker comes with an app that installs on your android or iOS platform. You can expand the functionality by adding other third party recipe apps. It comes with built-in programs to handle the cooking. Recipes come in English, French, Chinese and Spanish.

Final Thoughts

These aren’t the only home automation systems you can use to make your home tech paradise. You can visit the Smart Future to learn more about various home automation options you have. For instance, for these devices to work perfectly, you need to have a wireless router for internet connection. You can find reviews of these and more on the site.

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