In the 1960’s we watched The Robot from Lost in Space shout, “Danger, Will Robinson!” The 1985 film Weird Science introduced us to the A.I. woman of our dreams. And nostalgic 90’s kids will never forget the party-throwing, self-cleaning “smart house” of the Disney Channel Original Movie of the same name.
But smart technology—devices or systems that can respond to their environment, draw conclusions, and adapt—is no longer just the stuff of fiction. These interactive gadgets, seemingly ripped from movie scripts and science fiction novels, are beginning to be integrated into our day-to-day lives. And our team of technology experts couldn’t be more thrilled! Presenting three of the most exciting smart products of the year:
- Amazon Echo Show
By now you may already be familiar with Amazon’s smart devices, like the Echo or Echo Dot. Equipped with an intelligent personal assistant known as Alexa, they can play music, set alarms, and tell you the weather—all through voice commands. But the Echo Show adds a delightful and exciting new twist. Boasting a camera and touchscreen, the device lets you play movies, make video calls, and scan your calendar all without lifting a finger. Better yet, you can even use the camera to keep watch over your front door. Danger, Will Robinson, indeed!
- The Nest Learning Thermostat
While we don’t yet have full cyber housekeepers like Pam from Smart House or Rosie from The Jetsons, the Nest Learning Thermostat is a step in the right direction. Citing the slogan, “Programs itself. Then pays for itself,” this smart thermostat is all about efficiency and ease of use. Just use it for a week, and the Nest Learning Thermostat will automatically adapt to your preferences. Like it cool at night, but cozy during the day? No problem. Don’t want to waste energy when you’re at work? The Nest notices when you’re away, and sets itself to an eco-friendly temperature. This hot technology seems pretty cool to us.
- Tesla AutoPilot
While this smart technology isn’t technically legal yet, it was just too exciting to leave out. Much like the cars in Minority Report or I, Robot, all Tesla vehicles now come with the hardware needed to self-drive “at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.” Once granted regulatory approval, these futuristic gems will be able to be summoned from your smart phone, drive on the highway, and even self-park. They’ll even sync with your calendar in order to determine your destination. How smart is that?
As you can see, it’s called smart technology for a reason. With the unique capability to reduce workloads, improve efficiency, and promote safety, this tech is undeniably exciting. Want to make your technology work for you? Contact eMazzanti today and let’s discuss some exciting possibilities.