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TechSmart Home design has been a trending topic for at least a year now, and with improvements in existing technologies and the release of new ones, it’s now even easier to bring the convenience of smart home designs into apartment living.

For a while, many of these ideas were out of reach for apartment residents because they required installation to interior or exterior walls and ceilings, which is usually forbidden to renters. Now, just as easily as setting up individual wireless routers, renters can install home control devices that are both functional and good looking.

Amazon Echo (or Dot) and Google Home have been heating up the competition in terms of wireless, seamless home control. With the Echo or its smaller sister, the Echo, users can ask to set up reminders, verbally command music to start, turning on and off connected lights, and even checking the weather. With an Echo or Dot, all residents need to do is plug it in and connect it with a wifi network. Users can also add items to an Amazon shopping car.

Google’s iteration handles many of the same tasks, but with added daily briefings, a review of the day’s agenda, and current headlines. Every connected account can be accessed for information about a user’s flights, traffic and more. Both the Echo and Home act as speakers for digital music.

Increasingly, we are watching programming from streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and others. Rather than playing these on small screens, residents can use one of a variety of connections to stream from the small screen to a larger one. Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Roku Express and Apple TV all plug into the television’s HDMI port and pair with the phone or tablet to show on the television.  Additionally, gaming platforms can be used to access the internet for streaming services. Playstation 4, Xbox One, and others play this role.

Home entertainment and weather are the only applications for smart homes. Using a light bridge, apartment residents can connect smart bulbs with their smartphones so that lights can be turned on or off, dimmed, and even set to a timer. Tweets can also act as a message to the lights to turn on or off. Again, this functionality for apartment dwelling means no structural change to the space, it is as simple as changing a light bulb.

Safety is of primary concern, but most apartments don’t come equipped with individual protection. The Canary home security system is a motion-sensitive camera that learns the residents’ patterns. If it senses unusual motion, the user gets an alert to check in. People can check on their apartment and personal belongings anytime throughout the day. An additional benefit to the Canary is that is monitors a residence’s air quality, checking especially for carbon monoxide. Users can expect to feel safe in more than one way.

Any of these devices would be welcome at all of the properties at CTBest apartments. We know that students, domestic and international expect to have the same conveniences and safeties that they’re used to. We welcome you to visit us today and see where you’ll plug in your Echo or Chromecast. Visit www.CTBestApts.com or contact Desiree at 203-223-1665.

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