The extensive use of 12v actuators in home automation has resulted in a variety of smart gadgets in the market. Smart devices such as smart garage doors, smart thermostat, and Smart Light Switches are making the household experience a lot classier and enjoyable. However, we are currently witnessing an emerge of some weird, smart gadgets which tend to be less useful.
Here is a countdown of my top six weird and wackiest smart home devices.
- Oral-B Bluetooth toothbrush
Traditionally, we are recommended to clean our teeth twice a day- in the morning and before sleeping- or after every meal and have a dental check-up at least twice a year. Oral-B is, however, changing the way we do handle our dental health by connecting toothbrush to our bathroom activities.
Oral-B is an electric toothbrush that is linked with a smartphone app that lets you know if you are brushing your teeth too gently, moderately or too vigorously and thus personalizing your brushing experience. It also records your data allowing you to share it with your doctor.
I do not know about you, but this feels a bit wacky and unnecessary.
- Smart Toilet
From the sound of the name “Smart toilet,” you expect this smart device to have intelligent roles such as automatically adjusting the seat or flushing the toilet immediately one is done using the bathroom.
Smart Toilet does all this but not without other weird aspects; it has other wild attributes such as counting the occasions you go to the bathroom, playing music and monitoring one’s water usage. I do not think I want to install a device that maintains a diary of my bathroom visits. Do you?
GeniCan is barcode scanner that attaches on the tip of one’s trash can. It scans everything you throw away in the garbage can and add it to your shopping list which then sent to you via a linked smartphone app to assist you in your shopping.
I do not know if everyone agrees with me, but I do not want a device looks in my trash and reminds me of peculiar things that I throw away.
Everyone wants the best future for their kids. One of the best ways to prepare your children is teaching them how to save. With that said Porkfolio provides parents with a distinct way of teaching their children how to save money. Porkfolio is fitted with a sensor that alerts you via a connected smartphone app whenever you deposit something in the coin slot. The smartphone app allows individuals to sent goals and congratulates you whenever you attain them.
I have nothing personal against Porkfolio but, I feel it is making our kids miss the treasured experience of using the piggy bank. There is nothing more rewarding in one’s childhood than using your piggy savings to purchase your favorite PlayStation game or your first toy.
- Pawcet Dog Faucet
Owning a dog although, fancy can be an overwhelming task especially when you have to travel or go to work leaving it behind. Pawcet Dog Faucet has therefore been designed to provide your dog with fresh, clean drinking water. All you have to do is connect Pawcet Dog Faucet to a hosepipe and so whenever your dog puts its food on it, fresh; clean drinking water can jet out.
It is an excellent innovation, but my only concern is how you will teach your pet to use it?
- Refuel Tank Gauge
I know you are wondering whether propane tanks require automation. I introduce you to Refuel Tank Gauge, an automation device that links your propane tank to a mobile app allowing you to monitors the levels of propane and receive an alarm when it gets low.
It has, however, several limitations. For instance, it does not provide other functions rather than monitoring propane levels, and it works only with 20-pound tanks.
What is the end game?
Home automation is such a remarkable field that is transforming the way we interact with our houses. We have witnessed design of some unique and useful futuristic smart gadgets that are making our household experiences more comfortable. However, the designing of weird and less useful smart devices such as smart garbage monitors and smart toilets begs the question on whether we are running out of smart home automation ideas.