There may be nothing quite as exciting or exhilarating as adding a bit of technology to an already cool space. So for revolutionary technology to be installed in a tiny house, well, it is near domestic bliss! Consider the days of yore when your house had an oversize ‘L shaped’ couch instead of a 3-cushion, antiquated model? These luxurious beasts often had recliners at opposing ends, an armrest that opened to reveal cup holders, a remote control holder, and even massage controls. They were high tech for an emerging consumer market. They are comical now though and are quickly being swapped out for higher tech including the following 5 gadgets no self-respecting tiny house should be without.
August Smart Lock 2nd Generation
No more fumbling for keys. Control access to your home with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or your smartphone. The August Smart Lock 2nd Generation auto-unlocks your door as you approach and automatically locks your door after you enter. No more hiding keys under the mat with virtual keys and the 24/7 activity log app lets you know who opens your door and when. No matter what door hardware you currently have, it can stay the same. August Smart Lock replaces only the the interior of your standard deadbolt. It is easy to install and works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or the Google Assistant.
Philips Hue Smart Bulb
The Philips Hue system is a personal wireless lighting system that lets you easily control your Hue lights from your smart device and create the right ambiance for your every moment. Install the LED lights as you would ordinary bulbs. They are pre-paired with the Hue Bridge, which allows you to control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue App. No more daylight during that Marvin Gaye moment!
Curb energy: Monitoring Device
CURB is the most powerful and intelligent integrated hardware/software system for visualizing and managing energy in your home. In short, CURB is a real-time home energy monitoring system. A hub attaches to your breaker panel, showing you individual appliance energy consumption right on your smart device. CURB can also monitor your solar power, showing you just how much energy your home is producing.
Sonos Play: 5 wireless speaker system
Play:5 is an adorable desktop speaker (about the size of a large Kleenex box) that fills an entire space with symphony hall sound. Six Class-D amplifiers with six dedicated drivers deliver true, rich stereo with zero audible distortion. Thanks to three mighty woofers and a complete speaker seal, Play:5 is a must-have for audiophiles, karaoke superstars, and movie aficionados.
Jasco Z-Wave outdoor modules
Have you ever left the house around Christmas time only to realize you forgot to turn the Christmas lights on? The paranoia of being called a Scrooge is simply too much to bear. Or what about the time you were rushing home to host a summertime supper only to realize you forgot to turn the patio fan on to circulate some air before your guests arrived? Enter the Jasco Z-Wave outdoor module. The outdoor switch enables you to wirelessly control your home’s outdoor lighting and appliances, from anywhere, at any time. The modules feature weather-resistant housing with a protective outlet cover to safeguard from dirt and debris when not in use.
Can you imagine how much cooler your tiny house would be with application items such as these? With a push of a button, a 4-digit pin, a pulse from your Bluetooth, or even a timer pre-set, you could make your tiny house the smartest on the block. Did we miss something? Is there some home tech even smarter than these? Let us know in the comment section below. You can also visit us on Facebook to continue the conversation.