10 Simple Home Automation tips to improve the quality of life for the visually impaired

(Offering peace of mind and simple operation with minimum outlay)

1. Smart lighting to get that perfect environment.

Getting the right tone of light is key for those with impaired vision. Smart lighting systems can allow you to easily adjust the same bulb across 65,000 different shades of white, ensuring optimum light and minimum glare across your home.

You can develop preset environments activated by a single voice command, or have them automatically activated by motion sensors.

Smart Lighting
Smart Lighting

1. Smart lighting to get that perfect environment.

Getting the right tone of light is key for those with impaired vision. Smart lighting systems can allow you to easily adjust the same bulb across 65,000 different shades of white, ensuring optimum light and minimum glare across your home.

You can develop preset environments activated by a single voice command, or have them automatically activated by motion sensors.

Voice assistant

2. Use your voice assistant for music and audio books with simple voice requests

Accessing music and books has never been easier. A correctly configured voice assistant will allow you to request any song, artist or genre, or any audio book, and have it played instantly in your chosen rooms.

3. Control your heating with simple voice commands

Adjust your heating by simple voice commands such as  “Turn my heating to 20°” or “turn down my heating”,  providing a highly more efficient way to control your temperature and energy consumption.

Adjust heating by voice control
Adjust heating by voice control

3. Control your heating with simple voice commands

Adjust your heating by simple voice commands such as  “Turn my heating to 20°” or “turn down my heating”,  providing a highly more efficient way to control your temperature and energy consumption.

Smart flood sensors for water leaks

4. Get notified of events in your home

Smart home technology enables you to be audibly notified if you have a water leak in your home, or if there are appliances mistakenly left on.

5. Make voice activated phone calls

Voice assistants allow you to automatically request a phone call for example, “Call Mum”.  If you combine this with the voice search system, you can verbally search for a local service, and simply request to be connected.

voice calling
voice calling

5. Make voice activated phone calls

Voice assistants allow you to automatically request a phone call for example, “Call Mum”.  If you combine this with the voice search system, you can verbally search for a local service, and simply request to be connected.

Smart home voice assistants

6. Use a voice assistant to get information, news and weather updates

By simply requesting it, you can get any information from the web. From local businesses, facts and figures or advice, to the daily news and weather.

7. Voice notifications of smoke detected

Smart smoke and CO2 detectors can be connected to multiple devices, enabling a friend or relative to be notified of a fire. These devices can talk to you and warn in advance of a siren being activated. “There is smoke detected in the room”, would make you aware of an incident, allowing you to prevent the siren if you knew there was no emergency, for example burnt toast.

A self-test facility is just one of many other impressive features.

Smoke Alarm
Smoke Alarm

7. Voice notifications of smoke detected

Smart smoke and CO2 detectors can be connected to multiple devices, enabling a friend or relative to be notified of a fire. These devices can talk to you and warn in advance of a siren being activated. “There is smoke detected in the room”, would make you aware of an incident, allowing you to prevent the siren if you knew there was no emergency, for example burnt toast.

A self-test facility is just one of many other impressive features.

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8. Use your voice assistant for calendars and reminders.

Create an easier way to manage your life. Simply connect a calendar to your voice assistant to remind you to do regular tasks or notify you in advance of any important appointments or anniversaries.

9. Maintain the garden

Create a self maintaining garden with robot lawn mowers and smart sprinkler systems.

Smart robot mower
Smart robot mower

9. Maintain the garden

Create a self maintaining garden with robot lawn mowers and smart sprinkler systems.

Robot hoover

10. Keep your home clean

Robot hoovers can take care of all of your floor cleaning. These can map out a room and ensure all areas of the floor are cleaned, and can be used to appropriately hoover or mop floors.

Robot window cleaners can also be used to great effect, cleaning any glass surface from edge to edge and notifying you when completed.

On top of these quality of life benefits there are a whole range of monitoring devices. Sensors can inform the contact if the user has opened a cupboard or the front door or if a window is open. Internal or external CCTV can be installed which can be monitored on a smart phone anywhere in the world. Wearable devices can report health data to family members or contacts and GPS trackers can monitor location.

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