Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Home Is Just a Little Smarter Than Yours

First I wanted to announce that I got my first piece on NYPost.com Friday. Check it out!



Now...to today's post!

When we bought our new house, we soon discovered it needed a new doorbell. The one we had was all:



Okay, maybe not quite that old. But if we were going to buy a new doorbell, why not go for the latest technology? I write about the Internet of Things for some of my clients. I know smartphone-accessible appliances are the future.



We invested in a smart doorbell. When someone presses it, it rings your phone. You can then pull up the video and speak with them (they can hear but can't see you). 



It's motion activated, so any time someone is on your front porch, video is captured of that person. Most of my videos are of these guys:



The next logical step is to buy something else that's Internet connected. Perhaps one of these?



Or these?



Or these?



You can also buy smart plugs for your home...they let you plug in anything and control it from your smartphone.



Very sci-fi, right? Do you have any smart appliances in your home? Do you think you'd ever buy any of the items above?


49 comments:

  1. Congratulations!
    My security system is remote and I can pull up interior views while we're gone, but it's not connected to the doorbell. That would be cool.

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    1. We can't pull up interior views...that would be nice! I saw a commercial last week where Dax Shepherd was telling his wife (Kristen Bell) that he was at the grocery store and he'd pulled up their refrigerator's interior camera to see what they were out of. Now THAT is cool, right?!

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  2. I rather like your older doorbell. Don't judge me, but our doorbells keep getting stolen:) We wanted to get an intercom, but there's the risk someone would steal that too:( You opened my mind to some new tech devices. I think all this new tech is amazing. Congratulations on getting your piece in New York Post! That is fantastic! You must celebrate.

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    1. Ring replaces your doorbell if it's stolen, I believe? Can't remember the details of that...but yeah, if you live in an area where your regular doorbell is stolen, you definitely don't want to get this one!!!

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  3. Enjoyed your article, congrats. I think all the tech gadgets are neat, but I don't use any of them yet. I like that you can see who is at your door without opening it - very safe item.

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    1. Thank you! My husband was out of town a couple of weeks ago and someone rang. HE spoke to the person like he was here. We don't get door-to-door salespeople like we did when we lived in Nashville.

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  4. I didn't know about the last device on your list, but I like its potential. We have no "smart" appliances in our home, but some of our normal appliances seem to be able to outsmart me, so maybe it's just as well that we keep the smart ones out. ;-)

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    1. The awesome thing about the last one is that you can plug ANYTHING into it, so no need to invest in smart appliances unless you have some other need for it. Mostly I just like the idea that you could pull appliances up on your smartphone and make sure they're off after you've left home.

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  5. interesting stuff, but I'd be afraid I'd forget the password and could never make toast again (or something like that). Congrats on your article!!

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    1. Most smart appliances are smart enough not to require a password, even on your phone, which is locked anyway with a passcode, so why do we need all these other passwords? My home alarm can be controlled by my phone but they require you to enter your password every time and I get that "I have no idea what the password is" frustration just looking at it! So I never control my alarm system with my phone. Ever!

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  6. I have a smart TV but that's it. I'm a little worried about having anything connected to my phone (like a home security system, lights, etc.) because I worry if I lost my phone, whoever found it would have total access to my house.

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    1. Yeah, in the reply above I mention that my home alarm won't let you access it on your phone without entering your long, complicated password that I can never remember. I'm frustrated about it, but I guess it's a security thing. My phone has a passcode and remote wipe capabilities so if it does come up missing, I can remove everything. (At least I THINK it does--need to double check that!)

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  7. We have a couple of smart TVs, but the rest of my equipment is dumb. We need to get a new door bell. We used to have two, and now neither works. Oh! But my husband did get one of those pressure cooker/slow cooker/rice cooker machines. I had a small giggle because I'd first seen it here on your blog.

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    1. Ah yes--we have a smart TV AND a smart remote. I don't know how to use the darn remote. I just watch TV on my laptop when my husband's not home!

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  8. My house doesn't even have an old-fashioned door bell. Nor did the mobile home where I lived for several years. Come to think of it, I know very few people who have door bells.

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    1. Interesting! I remember buying one when we lived in an apartment--one of those plug-in kinds. We couldn't hear people knocking if we weren't in the living room and we thought a doorbell would help.

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  9. I think it's awesome! I don't own any smart devices. Unless my cat's a robot... then he's fooled me and he's truly smart! :)

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    1. LOL, yes, I'm sure there will be robo-pets in the future.

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  10. I don't have a smart phone. I don't even have a cell phone. I'm old.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  11. Wow! I love that doorbell thing. It's the WORST having to get up from my chair and go all the way downstairs to answer the door. (Maybe I'm lazy, eh?)

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  12. LOVE! You have now put me in the mood for tech shopping. Congrats, Stephanie!!

    Oh, and loved the online dating article. SO TRUE.

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  13. Being so baffled by all the new technology out there I'd probably have to pass or I'd be living in a house I couldn't operate without a manual.

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  14. Congrats on your article! So cool! And I have to go and get myself one of those doorbells. I really don't have anything 'smart' I guess I'm a little primitive here...oh no

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  15. Congrats on the article!
    I don't have any appliances like that. The doorbell one would be interesting to have though.

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  16. I was about to say, that's an old doorbell

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  17. Congratulations on your article. Super post, too. Very cool door bell gagdets!! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Congratulations on your article!

    Ooooh, I like the idea of seeing who's at the door on my phone before deciding whether to answer it or just allow my German Shepherd to bark and show her teeth through the glass window.

    As for smart appliances, my husband installed a system in our vacation home in the Pocono Mountains so that he can control the heating system remotely. He can see what our tenants have set the temperature at, if they've turned down the heat when they leave, and fix it if they don't.

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  19. Way to go, Steph! Great article. I'm so proud of you. We'll soon be saying we knew you when.

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  20. I don't even have a doorbell on my place. Yours is cool!

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  21. I guess I'm old-fashioned, but the smartest things in my house are the cats. No kidding. I don't want anything smarter than me, so that limits many options. I barely know how to use my very simple cell phone. Still can't text with numbers or capital letters. My doorbell chimes. No matter, I can't hear it anyway unless I'm wearing my hearing aides. Also, thank heavens I don't have to worry about the things mentioned in your New York article. I haven't dated in years.

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  22. I feel like such an old fuddy duddy! Why would anyone need a fridge that tells you what you're out of? Open it and look, ppl! =) Of course, I do not yet own a smartphone. But soon! At the end of this week I'm getting one. I kind of washed my old phone...oops.

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  23. Congratulations on your article! I loved it! I live any and all smart objects. I want that doorbell!

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  24. Enjoyed your article.
    And your home (and you) are MUCH smarter than ours.

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  25. I love the shot of that old doorbell. No, no smart devices in our home. Congrats on the NYPost.com piece! I'm going to read it now.

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  26. Congratulations on the article. Way cool!
    As for smart appliances: don't have any, don't want any. My door bell is shaped like a gecko. It's colorful and cute. Not to mention: cheap! :)

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  27. My doorbell is one you turn and it rings...circa 1912. I think having something like that is neat especially for women, people with disabilities etc... one feels safer overall but I would have to have a phone that does this. I just have a flip phone:)

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  28. Your post reminded me of an Old Time Radio show Dimension X - There Will Come Softly The Rain.
    https://youtu.be/s14YfSEE9T8

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  29. Congrats on your piece in the New York Post! I prefer old-fashioned doorbell personally, but only because I'd never even heard of a smart doorbell before this post!! I like the idea of smart central heating and a smart fridge though :)

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  30. Congrats on your article!! I totally loved it (especially as someone who met their SO on an app ;) As for smart appliances, I have a Nest thermostat and smart plugs on several appliances. Love them! Seeing as how no one ever comes to my place, I haven't thought about the doorbell, but the fridge one would be super handy!

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  31. Congratulations on your article! I would love one of those smart doorbells :-) xx

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  32. I hadn't heard of those doorbells. How neat is that. I want one!

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  33. Oh my goodness. I am such a dork. I was looking for an article on your books. So, I read the article, thinking the whole time- man, this seems like something Stephanie would write- Giphs and all. Intersting- didn't know there were men online. Checked out the side bars. Went back to you page and clicked again to double check I clicked correctly. Finally, I searched "Stephanie Faris"...then and only then, did I think to read the bi-line.

    And I wonder why blogging takes me so much time.

    I need that smart doorbell. I need smart everything.

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  34. Stephanie, no we don't have any smart appliances. But, I'd love to have a smart doorbell! That's something we're considering at some future point. I'm not sure how I feel about smart appliances yet; most seem like an over kill in my opinion, but I'm not ruling these out entirely. Good write up and recommendations!

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    1. PS: Read your article. If I were in the dating market then these are very good tips to know. Frankly, I'm VERY glad that I am not. :D

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  35. The potential of thieves hijacking my appliances is scary, actually. But I wish you well! Thanks for visiting my blog, dear.

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  36. I do not have any smart appliances. The most appealing one is the doorbell and camera. It would help to see who is at the door and easy to give instructions if necessary. Thanks for sharing and congrats on the article! :)

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  37. I read your article on dating profiles, Stephanie. I agree it's a terrible idea for either gender to talk about cuddling in their profiles. (*Alarm ringing.) As for a smart doorbell, I'd really prefer a Gothic knocker instead!

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  38. Hi Stephanie,

    This review is just like the commercial where the man sees what is in his refrigerator right from the store on his phone. It's amazing what technology is out there.

    I love the doorbell. People think you are there when you talk to them via your phone. Very cool stuff!

    -Donna

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