Technology journalist Libby Plummer reveals how you can make the most of smart devices in your home.
The smart home of the future could include robo-butlers that do the housework for you – but in the meantime, virtual assistants could be the next best thing.
Gadgets with virtual voice assistants, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home, are becoming increasingly popular. In fact, Amazon has now sold more than 100 million of their Alexa voice assistant.
These AI-powered assistants can save you time by responding to voice queries about the weather, sports scores and news. They can also be used to control smart home energy devices, such as smart thermostats, helping you to keep energy costs to a minimum.
Both Alexa and Google Home are rumoured to be adding internet-based voice calls by the end of the year. If that happens, it could mean the end of the traditional home landline, which could result in big savings.
With so many smart products connected to the internet, it's important we all know how to stay safe from hackers and cyber criminals. So, as well as having cover for your home and possessions, make sure you protect your smart home devices.
The world of internet-connected devices and smart home innovations can save you time and cash as well as keeping you and your property safe – just do your research and be vigilant with your passwords and settings.
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