Technology is designed to make life easier. As we move to adopt and integrate new products into our daily routines, it’s important to identify the areas of our lives that could use the most support. For many of us, that area begins sometime between 5am and 8am. Whether you have children who prefer pajamas to school uniforms, a dog who demands 6am attention, or the willpower of sullen teenager before your caffeine fix - our mornings could always use a little help. In the modern age, there’s nothing wrong with a little (or a lot of) automation to help us get there. Inspire has rounded up our favorite tech products to help you smart map your morning routine.
1. HYDRAO Smart Shower
With HYDRAO, saving water becomes a game.
As most mornings do, we begin in the shower. The HYDRAO Smart Shower head is “fun for the whole family”, but it’s also appropriate for those who like to experience early morning light shows in the privacy of their home. Here’s how it works: the head lights up the water stream with different colors as different gallon amounts of water are being consumed. The lights serve as a reminder of how much water you use throughout the shower, in hopes you will hurry it along with these colored cues. It is accompanied by a smartphone app that allows you to customize the water usage thresholds and the chosen color, as well as helps you monitor the water usage during each shower. You can purchase this HYDRAO for $99.90.
2. U by Moen
Control it all: time, temperature and how your day begins.
If you’re looking for an even smarter shower experience, check out the U by Moen. While the installation is more involved and the price point a bit higher, the control and personalization are much greater. Capabilities include temperature control, perfectly timed shower length, and the ability start and stop your shower, all from your smartphone app. No more shivering on the bathmat waiting for your water to heat. Start your shower from your bed, and your phone will tell you when the shower is ready based on your preset temperature preferences. Conscious about how much water you use? Once it reaches your desired temperature, U by Moen will automatically pause until you’re ready. The U by Moen runs for $1,225.00.
3. Behmor Smart Brewer
An intuitive tool for artisanal coffee.
Next - coffee. When paired with the Amazon Echo, The Behmor smart brewer can start your morning coffee with a simple command. This smart brewer is precise in many ways - upon setup, it asks you if it can access your GPS location, taking into account your elevation to determine the appropriate boiling temperature. It then asks you if you want eight or six cups made and lets you choose a temperature between 190 and 208 degrees Fahrenheit. As the machine begins to brew your coffee, you can see it go through the different stages on the app, from heating, to pre-soak, and extracting. It also confirms what kind of beans you intend to use (packaged or fresh), and their roast level (dark, medium, or light). Purchase on Amazon for $189.95.
4. PetNet Smart Feeder
Manages your pet's feeding schedule and keep tabs on their eating habits.
Coffee in hand, hygiene achieved - and you’re finally ready to start breakfast for the kids. If one of these kids includes a dog or cat, then this next one is for you. The PetNet Smart Feeder is an automatic pet feeder that allows you to schedule daily meals and portion sizes, so there’s one less thing to worry about in the morning. The connected smart app sends you notifications for successful feeds and low food warnings. Want it take your cat obsession to the next level? Pair it with the Nest Cam and view high quality snapshots and videoclips of your pet eating their meals while you’re away. Get your PetNet Smart Feeder for $149.99.
5. Duo Smart Mirror
Part Mirror. All Computer.
Inevitably, adaptation of these technologies will allow you to move onto more important things in the mornings, like getting yourself ready. If you have the Duo Smart Mirror, you have a mirror and personal assistant all in one that can tell you everything you need to know about the universe. Save time opening multiple apps on your phone with the voice controlled personal assistant Albert. You can check the weather, hear the news, stream videos, control your lights or thermostat, and pretty much ask it anything that could be found on the internet. The Duo has a 27-inch full-HD 1080p display that's 1.9-millimeters thick and weighs eight pounds, so it is easy to self install and seamlessly integrate into your desired feng shui. Preorder now for $399.
6. Viper Smart Start
Remote start, lock, unlock, or locate your car just by pushing a button on your smartphone.
Now it’s time to get to where you’re going. For those who experience hot summers or cold winters, Viper Smart Start may be just what you need to get that automotive automation. The Viper Smart Start allows you to remote start your car from the comfort of your home. This product is not just for those of us who live in harsher environments, but also for those who simply want more control over their vehicles. Viper offers a simple way to unlock and lock your vehicle right from your smartphone, locate and track your car, and receive alerts when your vehicle reaches a certain speed or enters or leaves designated areas. Great for concerned parents and tech-geeks alike. Plans start as low as $69.99 for one year of service.
7. Nokē U-Lock
Easily access and protect your bike.
Fortunately, bicyclists are not exempt from our smart-tech made easy commutes. How could one possibly automate an experience as manual as riding a bike? The Nokē U-Lock is how. The Noke U-Lock is a bike lock you unlock with your smartphone, eliminating the need for keys or combinations. You don’t even need to remove your phone from your pocket, as the U-Lock uses wireless bluetooth technology. You can pre order you lock for $149.99. New orders will ship Summer 2017.
Even with the most advanced smart map, mornings will always be somewhat unpredictable. Save some time, set the right tone, and kickstart your smarter and brigther day by implementing one of these smart devices into your routine.
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