Most smart homes are controlled through apps on a smartphone, meaning you can manage tasks from absolutely anywhere. Smart home technology has benefits for everyone, but if you use a wheelchair, it offers an increasing level of freedom. When you control your house with your phone, you don’t need to move around it as much. And if you have little or no speech, smart technology is even more beneficial, providing a level of independence that you could not otherwise enjoy.
Here are some options that are already possible.
- Control your heating without having to go to the thermostat
- Switch your lights on
- Turn your oven on before you leave work, and come home to a cooked meal
- Switch your TV on while on holiday, to give the illusion that you’re at home
You can get your smartphone to automate a task when you’re within a certain radius. For example, you can program the oven to switch on when you’re three miles from home, or the heating to come on just after you leave work. You can use your smartphone to:
- open the curtains without moving from your bed
- start the process of cooking breakfast while you’re still styling your hair
- run a bath as you finish dinner, without even leaving the table
You can also use your phone to help with physical navigation. At the push of a button, a ramp can drop down from your front door. There are no limitations, thanks to the ever-increasing range of smart products on the market.