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- Leeanne on Around the home with Shannon Lush Hello, is it possible I could ask shannon lush 2 questions please?I accidentally put a spot of whiteout on the console In my ... more
- micaelthemick on Essential guide to the Hollywood ... News Limited with the unpaid blue uniform lover and liberal /np tryhard , acting as unpaid public relations .The McCarthyism ... more
- Christine on Mahalia Barnes talks weight loss That's great, congratulations. And I changed my hair colour last week - who cares ! more
- Shane W on Mahalia Barnes talks weight loss Now that's how a real woman should look! Congratulations. more
- Elizabeth Howatt on Jim's cheat sheet- Nov 22 Can someone please tell me which is the video shop that Jim Schembri recommends for classic and hard to find DVDs more
- Jacinta on Mahalia Barnes talks weight loss Congratulations Mahalia!an amazing result - good on you! more
- Catherine on David Campbell chats with Denis Walter Don't we have anyone in Melbourne capable of fulfilling this task? more
- Jim Schembri on New release movie reviews - November 22 Hello Michael. You've totally got me! Having just said how brilliant and well-known he is, I go ahead and get Jim ... more
- Kerry on Around the home with Shannon Lush Hi Shannon and Dennis xMy dogs have urinated on my floor boards they are natural not stained and have left terrible white ... more
- Donna Lee on Around the home with Shannon Lush Hi Shannon,I have your spotless book but am unsure of how to handle a stain of scuff marks on my carpet. I'm not sure what ... more
- Michael Dalton on New release movie reviews - November 22 With regards to your FILTH review, it is actually Jim Broadbent, not David. more
- Dolores Styring on Around the home with Shannon Lush Have dots of glue on my Formica bench. Could you suggest some remedy. Would be very grateful. Dolores Styring more
- mandy on JFK The Movie: Fact vs Myth JFK The Final 24 Hours was an interesting incite. Foxtel National Geographic. more
- mandy on Linda Blair with Denis Walter One of the best horror movies of all time a great cast. more
- mandy on Remembering President John F. Kennedy ... The Kennedy's had a lot of skeletons in their closests they were far from perfect. The doco I was impressed by was JFK. The ... more
- Fed up paramedic on Woman waits two hours for ambulance If the privately run dispatching service would just tell patients there cas is deemed not a life threatening emergency and ... more
- Christine on Woman waits two hours for ambulance @ Ambo. With due respect the cases we hear are very serious and not paper cuts. The system is not working and people are ... more
- Ambo on Woman waits two hours for ambulance Christine, in one way I agree; but then I disagree. If the system wasn't clogged by a ludicrous call-taking and dispatch ... more
- stuart keele on JFK The Movie: Fact vs Myth jim Schembri you're living in la la land if you think JFK was killed by Lee Oswald "the lone gunman"He was hit in the throat ... more
- Christine on Woman waits two hours for ambulance Totally fed up with hearing about the pathetic ambulance service, which is anything but a service. I don't care whose fault ... more
What are smart homes nowadays
We all recall when someone we knew had a remote garage door and we thought, wow, how lucky are they? Nowadays, most new homes have things like, video intercoms, home theatre systems, we are seeing a lot of homes with keyless entry and surveillance/camera systems that can be viewed from iPads or smart phones remotely and people can even turn their heating & cooling on and off remotely.
Now we are seeing:
It’s the buzzword-smart homes can work out what a home needs before it’s owner does. They can be programmed to maximize solar heat and light in Winter and minimize it in Summer with automated blinds, shutters and curtains as well as temperature control systems. If there is a fault, the system can email the owner and let them know of the fault.
There’s also a system where you can press one button to lock your doors and be sure all the lights are off and the TV!
There are systems that can measure the power use from each appliance. It can take the guesswork out of what the best setting is in order to run your heating and cooling efficiently and cost effectively.
Things like Sonos wireless sound systems streaming music through your home are now common. There are also tablet devices and apps that can control every component of a home media system, like the Television, DVD player, Foxtel and home theatre.
Self-cleaning pyrolytic ovens, steam ovens, steam dishwashers, fridges with wi-fi and LCD screens.
Robomaid automatic vacuum cleaners are becoming popular. Nono coatings for shower screens and mirrors to reduce cleaning are also becoming popular.
Clearly, as time goes on, we will continue to see advances in technology and whilst some of these things may seem a little bit like gimmicks, the more they are accepted and the more they are used by consumers, the more demand will increase and prices will come down and they will become more accessible and a part of our daily life & routines.
James Hatzimoisis is a Director and Auctioneer with Barry Plant Real Estate.