August 30, 2016Last updated on December 15, 2016
I just moved into a new place in Austin and have spent the past 2 months avoiding furniture. All I have is an optimized bed, pillows and a Eames chair.
In the meantime, I’ve been optimizing my place for maximum automation.
This makes my life so much more convenient and fun. No more running over to turn off the lights and turning on music once you walk in the door.
Notice my roomba in the corner. Hello Alfred!
Why care about automation, shmautomation, bah hum bug?
10 min vacuum from Roomba x 52 weeks a year = 520 minutes.
5 minutes getting up and turning off lights every day * 365 = 1,825 minutes etc etc
It saves you tremendous amounts of time. Over 1 year alone just those 2 things is nearly 40 hours, which makes it a full-time job for an entire week to do what could be automated in seconds.
Any who, here’s what I use in my home setup:
This is the ultimate vacuum machine. Never complains, cleans everything and always goes back home.
2- Amazon Echo
This is the best way to play music, control lights in your place and find out about local news (“Alexa what’s the status…”). One of those devices you didn’t know you needed until you have one.
3- Amazon Dot
I have this in my bedroom to control my lights, fan and to play light music at night.
The quality of this TV is almost too high that it feels like the actors are in my living room. It also connects very well with the Samsung speakers.
I wanted connected speakers without the Sonos price. You can also do this with a Dot (which didn’t work the way I wanted) or Google Chromecast Audio (but I didn’t want a Google house). So this is the best option to easily stream music from your phone to all rooms.
I use this as a photo album that rotates through pictures using Google Picasa. You can also use this as a master controller of all the apps you’ll have going on in your home.
This makes your bed look amazing (think of laying in the clouds of heaven). I also have a strip behind my tv which can pulse with music and make my living room pop a bit more. You can also control the colors depending on time of day or the mood you’d like.
See above but in bulb form.
Some of my light bulbs can’t be changed so you can make the switches be smart. #solution
8- Wink Hub
This is the main thing I connect all devices too and then connect this with Amazon Echo. Then you can voice command everything or set it up based on as many rules as you want.
I am not always home so having timed automation doesn’t make sense. This solution helps turn on my lights when I come home depending on the day, as well as turn them off.
This looks like a drone but makes your internet experience significantly faster. Creates a more consistent way of a connected home.
11- Nest thermostat
Y’all already probably know this one. It works best when it’s connected to Alexa so you can just say out loud “set temperature to 70 degrees” without having to move from your bark-a-lounger.
12- Smart water bottle (thanks Marti!)
This is helpful in tracking how much water I drink. Not sure I want everything tracked but it’s cool to see.
These two things go so well together. I don’t want more cables or power plugs in my place. These are clutch in keeping your counters minimal.
14- Haiku home fan
These fans come with an app, have motion detection, multiple colors and have many other features you probably won’t need. I thought it looked good and connected well with the rest of the items in my house.
Things I’ve considered
Not sure why adults would need a toilet night light but my friend Robert swears by it.
2- Nest cam
I don’t use this since everyone always gets creeped out when I previously had cameras at my house. I like having sex tapes, what can I say? #kidding
LOVE to hear any suggestions on what else I can do to make my home a Space Pod =) Hit reply and let me know.
Noah “tacos” Kagan