Tech-savvy tools to ‘smarten’ your home
The future smart home is not out of reach for local homeowners
The fully automated home of Tony Stark, better known as Ironman, is not out of reach for South African homeowners. LifeSmart utilizes a range of technological tools and appliances to create an easy to use smart home.
LifeSmart, distributed by Syntech, a company which sources a range of tech products from around the world and sources them to Sub-Saharan Africa, is able to fully kit out one’s home.
Syntech co-founder, Ryan Martyn explains that the technology employed for smart lighting is easy to use and installed hassle free.
“The system’s triggers are small and unobtrusive, so you’re unlikely to even notice a motion sensor or clicker. Additionally, if you link in Google Assistant of Alexa, you’ll be able to issue voice commands to the LifeSmart technology,” he said.
The system employs a range of prompts to give commands to a lighting mechanism and various appliances. This allows homeowners to programme when appliances and lights should turn on or off, how long they should run for and when they should turn off. Users can also adjust the control of these appliances via the use of the LifeSmart App. The app is available for iOS and Android devices along with Android TV.
A statement by Syntech explains that LifeSmart lighting caters to a family’s every need, allowing you to grab that midnight snack in peace without waking up the kids or your partner.
“There will be no more bumps in the dark, and you won’t wake your partner with bright, overhead lighting. It’s great for children who want to climb into bed with their parents at night – their way is lit and you don’t have to get up to switch off the lights.”
In an effort to ensure the system is easy to use, the LifeSmart app allows for bulbs to be programmed to suit any mood with 16 million colours available to choose from.
For children who struggle to sleep in the dark, LifeSmart lighting has a ‘good night mode’, with colours gradually dimming and lulling them to sleep.
The smart home technology by LifeSmart is designed to reduce energy usage and generate electrical savings. Motion sensors reduce energy usage as they are only activated when someone is in the room.
Air conditioning can be turned on remotely by using the LifeSmart App – users can switch it on while at work and arrive to a warm or cooler home. Geysers can also be turned on via the app, allowing users to override the automatic timer and turn the geyser on earlier.
There are various ‘smart bundles’ which homeowners can choose from – such as the comfort bundle which focuses on lifestyle elements and aims to replace remote controls for various appliances such as air conditioning units and TVs. These controls can be supplemented with environmental sensors.
Lightbulbs from LifeSmart can be purchased on various online sites such as takealot and prices range from R529. LifeSmart switches can also be purchased from takealot and prices start at R1 345. These bulbs employ ‘low power consumption LED Technology’ decreasing electrical costs for homeowners.
Environmental sensors are able to measure temperatures and luminance enabling the air conditioner to be set to automatically switch on if the room reaches a certain temperature and activate lights when the room gets dark.
Enhancing security measures
A security bundle is on offer for those who would like their smart home to increase their peace of mind. It works hand-in-hand with the existing security measures – users can programme their alarm systems to activate after they have closed the front door or use the app to close the curtains when they are not at home.
This system includes the use of security cameras to asses any possible threat to the property. The LifeSmart Frame Camera, which functions over a 360° rotation, wide-angle infrared night vision, built–in storage and voice sticky note activation can be purchased online from R3 025.
The use of a door trigger can recognise heavy knocking to indicate if the system should turn on your lights and active your camera system.
Martyn assures homeowners that the LifeSmart installation and technology is not difficult to install and is tailor-made to be user-friendly.
“Smart homes and appliances have seen a slow uptake in South Africa compared to other countries. This might be due to the perception that the technology is costly and complicated to install. LifeSmart is not only more accessible than other brands on the market but has been created to be installed easily. The brand offers a quality solution for those looking to make small upgrades to their home, and an integrated approach to those looking to change the way they live.”