7 important features your smart home devices should have

Today, the word “smart” is a prefix to many home essentials. There is the smart lock, smart washing machine and even a smart egg tray. However, not everything that been labelled smart, is. Take the Bin Cam by Newcastle University, which proposes the idea of in-bin cameras that — in the name of waste management — record and review the contents of your bin. It will even upload the photos to Facebook. Is it “smarter” than a regular bin? Yes. Does it make practical sense? No.

However, it’s not all serious business. Some smart technology are designed to incorporate more fun with a usually simple object — and that’s okay, too. Our advice: Look past marketing ploys and opt for devices with functions that excite you and suit your lifestyle. When shopping, look for a smart device that checks this list.