The New Smart House

Anyone remember that old Disney Channel movie Smart House? In it, a kid wins the home of his family’s dreams – a gorgeous state-of-the-art (for the time) house run by a computer called Pat.

Things are going great until Pat starts to think she’s a real 1950s housewife, but I was always struck by the fully automated house. A home that makes your breakfast for you and your bed? It takes care of the laundry and vacuuming?! What a dream!

Now, these products here aren’t quite on the same level as Pat the Perfect Mother, but they’re definitely the futuristic items my kid self could only dream of.

Google Home

Think of this as your personal assistant. Google Home keeps you in touch by offering hands-free calling, and keeps you informed by offering voice-activated Google search. Google Home can even connect with devices like Nest or Philips Hue, letting you adjust the A/C or even the lighting with just the sound of your voice. Adios, clap on/clap off lights!

Nest Thermostat

Just the word “learning thermostat” already reminds me of Smart House. According the their site, Nest is able to automatically adjust to your lifestyle after you’ve used it for just a week. One week! The idea is you just remove your old thermostat and replace it with Nest, keeping the installation simple.

You can adjust the temperature via the thermostat, or even through your phone while you’re at work. This thing is even smart enough to use sensors & your phone’s location to realize you’re not in the house, and adjust the temperature accordingly to save energy. If that doesn’t scream futuristic, I don’t know what does.

Tesla Solar Roof Panels

Is this company ever not in the news? Tesla now offers solar roof panels for the eco-friendly (which I hope is all of us). These panels effectively turn sunlight into electricity, which if you ask me is some sort of black magic, but if you talk to builders it’s all “science” and “forward thinking.”

Tesla’s panels are made of glass tile, and are guaranteed by the company to be so durable they will last “for the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first.” They’re even hail-resistant, as proven by some pretty cool glass-shattering videos on their website.

The Lowdown

Moral of the story is there are some pretty awesome advancements out there these days. If you’re building a new home, ask what products they recommend, or strike out on your own to research all the cool time-saving, energy-conserving gadgets humans have come up with.

And if this all ends with Pat the PC taking over? Well, I guess I’ll just have to adjust to living my life at a cool, maintained 68 degrees while watching Netflix in bed.