While robots haven't quite taken over just yet, the use of technology is becoming more common in our daily lives. From AI voice assistants to smart everything, we're surrounded by technology. This is great news for modern-day renters who are already tech-savvy.
Smart home technology is also becoming a regular feature around homes, whether they're new or old. Sixty-five percent of homeowners are willing to spend more on technology packages, and rental homes are also seeing an increase in tech gadgets around the home.
But what is the best smart technology that renters can take advantage of? In this guide, we're looking at smart technology that will enhance your life. And it's portable, too, which means you can take it with you from home to another.
Let's face it; the TV is the centrepiece of any living room. Don't listen to people who tell you it's a lovely sofa or mantlepiece if you're lucky enough to have one. It's all about the TV. And what better way to show off your front room than by having the latest smart television.
Long gone are the days of clunky TV boxes. Now you have slimline options that are connected to the internet, come with a plethora of apps and even have voice command in some cases. They do just about everything. Oh, and you can watch TV on them too!
Mini smart plugs
Everything is getting smart these days, including plugs. A mini smart plug lets you take regular (dumb?) devices like fans and control them from an app. It means you can switch devices on and off in the home without needing to install an entire smart home setup.
It works with any wifi router, so you don't need to connect it to a separate hub. And it lets you use voice commands, which means you can connect to voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and tell it to turn off things like your hairdryer or curling tongs.
Having a voice assistant in your house is like living with an extra roommate – an AI-powered one. The benefits of voice assistants are well known to most by now and come in handy for a multitude of tasks like setting timers, telling you the weather and reminding you of a meeting. Not to mention the odd-bit of crime solving.
If you want to enrich the voice assistant experience, why not buy one integrated into a fashionable smart speaker? From Apple's HomePod to the lavish Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9, there is a range of stylish smart speakers that will enhance the look of your home while adding extra tech features and playing top tunes.
Google Nest Hub
Of course Google was bound to feature on a list about technology. The search engine giant has found its way into our homes with a range of contemporary devices that are led by tech. The Google Nest Hub is billed as the ultimate digital photo frame. But in reality, it's so much more.
If you're lucky enough to live somewhere with integrated smart tech, you can control your entire home from the hub. But even if you're using it as a standalone feature, there's plenty of fun to be had with the Google Nest Hub. You can watch videos from YouTube and Netflix, get hands-free voice help, add personalised routines, control connected devices and much more.
Now who's a smarty pants?
There are so many ways to enjoy technology around the home, and you don't always need to spend a fortune to get the most out of devices. From smart TVs to plugs and just about everything in between, we're living at the height of technology at home. And that's an excellent benefit for tech-savvy renters.