Technology’s Impact on Our Homes and Lives
The continuous march of technology has had an unmistakable impact on human
culture and society since the first weapons were created from raw materials and the
ability to make fire was perfected. We live in a technologically advanced world.
Technology has revolutionized our environment and molded our lives into what
they are now, from your car and the device you’re reading this on to your
television, jet jets, and beyond.
It’s maybe not surprising, then, that shelter, one of the first technologies ever
invented, is evolving right before our eyes to take advantage of the plethora of
technology at hand. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, the traditional
shelter is about to undergo a major transformation. What was the catalyst for that
change? Smartphones, networked devices, and other technological marvels will all
play a role in molding the smart existence of the twenty-first century.
Is the Smart Home a Disappearing Concept?
More than 180 million smart home devices are expected to be on the market by
2018. The industry is expected to grow by more than 50% in the following three
years. If your smart home isn’t yet completely functional, it will be before you
know it. Much of this is due to the Internet of Things which is a growing trend
in which all gadgets, not just phones and computers, are connected.
But, first and foremost, what is the purpose of having a smart home? Because, in a
variety of ways, linked devices outperform traditional solutions. They provide
homeowners and apartment residents more control over their homes, increase
security, provide conveniences and luxuries, and enable them to be more
environmentally responsible. Consider linked devices to be digital butlers or maids
who perform your work for you rather than you having to do it yourself.
Smart devices come in a wide range of sizes and shapes, and if recent introductions
like the Keecker are any indicator, these sizes and shapes will continue to grow in
the future. Even a smart thermostat, like the Nest model, has the ability to learn.
The advantages of such a gadget are self-evident: perfect temperatures with the least amount of work and energy. Google, a pioneer in the smart home revolution,
appears to agree, having just paid $3.2 billion for Nest.
What Does a Smart Home Mean to You? – An Entire New Lifestyle
There’s little doubt that technology in the home is here to stay, with established,
trustworthy firms like Google and Samsung at the forefront of the smart home
movement. But what does the new smart home portend for society as a whole?
When you consider the rise of smart home technology, the availability of
smartphones and other gadgets, and the expanding Internet of Things movement,
it’s tough not to infer that society is moving away from smart devices and toward
smart lives. It’s not hard to figure out why. Aside from that, technologies like air filters help to keep the home atmosphere clean and fresh.
A smart life promises to be more relaxing, stress-free, connected, and possibly
more fulfilling. Of course, the Luddites and traditionalists among us would claim
(maybe not without reason) that our over-dependence on technological devices
such as smartphones has rendered us unable to interact with the actual world. Even
when we’re in the same room as the people we care about, we’re engrossed on our
phones. To some extent, this may be true. Finally, no one can deny that technology
is here to stay and will continue to have a significant impact on our lives.
Hopefully, it will be for the better.
Air purifiers that may be carried with you
There are many different styles to choose from. To extract particles, basic
mechanical models use a fan to force air through a filter. Higher-grade HEPA filters can capture even the tiniest particles including dust, smoke, pollen, and pet
Electronic air purifiers function by generating an electric charge that attracts
particles to the metal plates of the machine, which can then be wiped clean. Other
models have a UV light and claim to remove mold and germs, but Santanachote
adds that Consumer Reports has not tested these and that there is currently no
proof that they do so.
An activated carbon filter is used in some purifiers to absorb odors and/or
eliminate gases. Carbon filters are more effective when they are thicker and
heavier, but they are also more expensive. Thin mesh ones, according to
Santanachote, are a waste of resources.
At least $200 will buy you a portable device. Models that purify vast spaces and
are well rated will cost up to $700. New filters can cost anywhere from $20 to
$200 (some models have washable filters), and you’ll need to account for power
because purifiers should be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to