When people hear the phrase smart-home they hardly think of their own homes. Their minds go to what they have seen on some TV show. Usually it involves some full blown Sci-Fi contraption of a house that has an AI voice controlling everything with the whole affair eventually going wrong as the house turns on it’s honour.
The truth is much more mundane and grounded. There are some real benefits to turn your house into a smart home. Yes, your Zimbabwean home can be turned into a smart home too. This is not just something people in developed countries can do.
The other thing people dread when it comes to smart homes is the financial burden. Smart technology sounds expensive. It’s both true and false. Going full smart-home the kind you see on TV will cost you a pretty penny. However you can make your home partially smart for far less than it cost you to buy one of your fancy aluminium windows.
Some ways to turn your house smart on the cheap
While some think of smart technology as useless there are some smart home devices that are both affordable and quite useful to the average home-owner. Turning your home smart on the cheap usually involves you buying the following components:
Now that we have laid out the basics of a smarthome system we are going to look at some example configurations that the average Zimbabwean home will find useful.
These are but a few practical aspects of smart home tech that even luddite Zimbabweans can appreciate. So you see turning your home smart doesn’t mean going all Sci-Fi.