Will a smart home make your life easier?Smart system lets you check on your house remotely

04 August 2015

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Smart home networks let you control appliances remotely

Panasonic has launched its new Smart Home network, which lets you watch your home from your tablet or smart phone. 

The company says that the system would allow you to check if you've left a bedroom window open after you've gone to work, find out if your teenager has got home from school, or instruct a delivery driver where to leave a package while you're out and about.

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How Panasonic Smart Home works

The main idea of smart appliances is that they allow you to control them through an app on a tablet or smart phone. 

The Panasonic system includes cameras, motion sensors and plugs which can all be switched on and off remotely from the same app. The company claims the system, which starts at £130, will help simplify your life.

It says the cameras allow for two-way communication, meaning you can use them to instruct a delivery person where to leave a package, or as a baby monitor to soothe your child. You can also use it to set your lights to come on while you are out or to receive an alert when your front door, shed or garage is opened. 

Other smart home appliances 

We've looked at a number of other smart home appliances recently, including a ‘smart’ kettle, the Smarter iKettle WiFi. 

You can control the kettle remotely, with the technology letting you boil it from another room in the house or even on your way home. Read our full review of the Smarter iKettle WiFi to find out how well the remote control function works and whether this kettle is worth buying. 

Smart meters are another growing trend. They send meter readings back to your supplier wirelessly. Find out more about how smart meters work and when they will be rolled out nationally.

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