When you think about a smart bedroom, what is it that actually comes to your mind? For me I think technology. Smart gadgets like talking devices, intelligent alarm clocks, beautiful and easily controlled blinds, intelligent lightings etc. However, that is not the only way of thinking of a smart bedroom. You can also see a smart bedroom from the angle of space or design. That is, how you can effectively manage space in a bedroom.
One problem that can easily arise when trying to build a smart bedroom is to have unnecessary devices that bring distractions from the main activity in the bedroom, which is sound sleep.
Also when we think of a smart bedroom and sound sleep, we should be thinking before sleep, during sleep and after sleep.
In order to have a good perspective of what we need in our bedrooms to have a smart bedroom, we need to examine what we actually do in the bedroom.
So here are some of the things we actually use the bedroom for.
1. The bedroom is for sleep
2. The bedroom is for rest. Just have a quiet time.
3. You may want to stay away from the rest of the family , from the noise in the house or be alone by yourself
4. The bedroom could be used for a secret meeting place. Since no one will likely barge in on you unexpectedly
5. Have breakfast in bed
6. Exercise in the bedroom
7. Check yourself out in the mirror
8. Have sex
9. Just meditate in a moment of peace
10. Read in bed
11. Use the toilet or bathroom
12. Hair drying – Dyson Supersonic
Now that we know some of the things that we use the bedroom for, we now present the various smart electronic gadgets that can be used in the bedroom to make it a smart one. That is, In the sense that, we need minimal effort to achieve any task ( like switching on any appliances) we want to do in the bedroom. However, we must keep in mind that the ultimate goal is to achieve whatever we do in a tranquil manner, with no distraction from sound sleep.
#1. Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link – AIR PURIFIER
This product is good for persons with allergies, asthma or some other respiratory conditions. And generally for anyone who needs clean air in their bedrooms or anywhere in the home. If you have smell of cooked food, mildew hanging in the air in your bedroom, this is a must for you and it is easy to operate. You don’t want to be in your bedroom and trying to fight off these odors while trying to fall asleep.
This Dyson Pure Cool Link WiFi-Enabled Air Purifier, comes with a dual functionality of purifying the air in the bedroom ( or wherever you place it) as well as cool you with it’s fan in the summer. With the Dyson link app, it automatically monitors and you can react to whatever report it provides via your smart phone.
With no fast spinning blades it is safe for little fingers. Which makes cleaning safe and easy.
It can work in both night time and sleep timer modes. The ability to work with the Amazon echo is another plus. So you don’t need to get up from your bed to use it’s voice control feature.
#2. Alexa echo dot. – Voice activated devices
If there is one item that you could have that will instantly turn your bedroom into a smart bedroom, it will be the Amazon echo dot. Talk about voice activated or voice command, this is it. With the popularity the Amazon echo dot has, you could use it in conjunction with other compatible devices and you could be sitting or lying on your bed and dishing out voice commands with little effort. When using this in a smart home, there are a range of devices you could connect it to. But, Since we are talking about the smart bedroom, the Amazon echo dot, can control alarm clocks, lights, thermostats, fans, TVs, switches, locks and many more compatible devices made by Samsung, Sony, wemo, Philips, Smartthings, Nest and some other majors brands.
If you experience some constant noise in or around your bedroom that you cannot remove, then you need this smart bedroom product called Sleepphone. This is very essential when you have a snoring partner. With the Cozyphones Sleep headphones, you have a lightweight and comfortable sleep phone with adjustable speakers. Apart from sleep, this can be used for yoga, meditation and relaxation. Use it to block all the noise around you and relax your mind while you fall into sleep.
It can be used with all your favorite devices like Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Samsung Galaxy, Blackberry, Nokia, LG, HTC, Google Nexus, Lenovo, Asus, Sony, Dell, Toshiba, HP, MP3, MP4 and other audio devices.
#4. Smart Fitness and sleep monitor.
If you are into exercise in the bedroom, then you should have a smart fitness and smart sleep monitor or tracker. The LETSCOM Fitness Tracker HR. This device can tell you how long or how well you have slept. How long does it take to fall asleep, Do you toss and turn before sleep. That is, do you have restless sleep. Apart from monitoring how you sleep, it has other features like tracks steps, exercise, overall calories burned, hours slept and quality of sleep. For best results, wear it on your wrist at night while you sleep
#5. Electronic reader – Amazon Kindle Voyage
One item you need in your smart bedroom is an electronic reader. There are some times that you know it is time for sleep but you don’t feel sleepy. Yet you feel exhausted. It is time to whip out a book to read. At times like that, nothing beats having an electronic reader, like the Amazon kindle voyage. With it’s massive collection of books, articles, newspaper etc, you have a great collection of reading materials at your finger tips, to put you to sleep.
#6. Belkin Wemo Switch
Another smart bedroom appliance that will surely make life easy is the voice activated Wemo light switch. Wemo is a series of products manufactured by Belkin. These are used to control home electronics remotely. These products can be electrical plugs, motion sensors, cameras, light bulbs, light switches and a mobile app. The way it works is that the Wemo switch is plugged into any electrical outlet and then be controlled by any IOS or Android device running the Wemo app using the home Wifi or mobile network.
So you can imagine your smart bedroom with it’s Wemo mini smart plug plugged in, connected with your Alexa to your home Wifi and you can control your lights without leaving your bed. Cool.
You can also schedule your lights to come on or go off at predetermined times, even when you are away from home.
#7. Philips Hue
If you are someone who cannot get a good nights sleep even with the faintest of lights on, you will agree with me that one of the most irritating task before sleeping is putting off the lights. It doesn’t matter whether it is a wall switch or bedside lamp.
So another way you can control your lights using just your voice is the combination of Amazon echo dot with the Philips hue bulb.
#8. Smart bed
Is a smart bedroom complete without a smart bed? The answer is definitely no. The bed is why it is called bedroom. So what kinds of smart beds are really available and what can they do or how can they help you achieve a smart bedroom status.
From research, we found that there are beds (consisting of the mattress and bed cover) that can really be said to be smart. An example, is the Eight Sleep Saturn+ Smart Mattress, California King Memory Foam Mattress with Sleep Tracker Mattress Topper.
First of all, you can integrate Alexa with the mattress topper. Track your sleep and know things like your sleep stages, heart rate, respiratory rate.
With your eight mattress you seamlessly connect to your home network and control Wifi enabled devices using Amazon Alexa. This mattress and mattress topper combination can control the temperature on both sides of the mattress for you and your partner using your smart phone.
#9. Smart bedroom lighting – sleepcompanion
What about a clinically proven light therapy lamp and scientifically proven a more effective way of waking up device in your smart bedroom. That is the Philips wake-up light. Set the time you want to wake up and it starts to gradually brighten the bedroom to mimic the sunrise. After 30 minutes the room becomes bright with a beep, so you awaken in a more refreshed manner. This process of changing and increasing light stimulates your body to wake up naturally and comfortably.
#10. Smart Radio Alarm Clock Speaker
While many electronics devices can serve as alarm clocks or can be set to wake somebody from sleep, nothing beats having a dedicated smart radio alarm clock.
Alarm clocks have gone past just ringing at the preset time. Nowadays, that we have electronics devices that can perform multiple functions, the alarm clock is no different. There are alarm clocks that act as your bedside assistant. They provide soothing white noise so that you have a beautiful sleep all night, all this while you have your phone or tablet plugged into it for charging. It simulates sunrise when waking up and you can set the alarm to the music you like. You can also get weather and traffic reports from it. Most important of all, is that it can connect with other smart devices in your home. One of such smart radio alarm clock speaker is the WITTI Design BEDDI Smart Radio Alarm Clock Speaker with Smart Home Integration.
#11. Prevent bad dreams – Lully Sleep Guardian
A smart device to have in a child smart bedroom is the lully sleep guardian. It prevents children from having bad dreams. It is proven to eliminate 80% of night terrors or nightmares. It automatically vibrates at the right time to stop any terror dream from starting. It has a small vibrating pod which is put under the child’s mattress and with the lully app you can visualize everything that is happening.
To start, answer some questions and the app learns your child’s sleep patterns and automatically turns on and off at the right time.
The Sleep Guardian takes the time-tested approach of scheduled awakenings to prevent night terrors. In a landmark clinical study with Stanford University, the Sleep Guardian stopped 80% of night terrors after 4 weeks of use.
It is safe and recommended by top pediatricians.
#12. Smart blinds – MySmart Blinds
I don’t know about you, but there are some actions I perform in the bedroom that are outright frustrating if not irritating. One of them is controlling my window blinds. It is either in the morning when I need to let in more sunshine or at night when I want to go to sleep. How about having the ability to do this task while lying on my bed.
This is where the Mysmart blinds comes into play. It consists of blinds, automation kit and solar panel. You could use it for your existing blinds too. It uses bluetooth technology to control tilting in horizontal blinds.
You can use your smart phone to control the blinds or use Alexa or google Assistant to control it using your voice.
Also it has temperature sensors so that temperature and lighting in your bedroom can easily be controlled. MySmart blinds is built so that you can conveniently harness the sun’s energy to power your blinds using a solar panel bought separately.
#13. Smart nightlight
There are times you may want to enter your bedroom with just enough light to see where you are going and not too bright light that would blind you. This is when you need the Night Light Lamp. It has a dusk to dawn sensor. It automatically turns on when it senses darkness.
#14. Smart bedroom projector
How about having a movie projector in your smart bedroom. Okay, I know you are thinking , how can I get some sleep with a movie projector in my bedroom. If you have a TV in your bedroom, then a movie projector only gives you a bigger screen and a theater kind of atmosphere in your bedroom. Moreover, there are times when it is time for bed but you may not be feeling sleepy. So you need something that will gently put your eyes to sleep. The best way to do this is through watching a movie.
Here is a bedroom projector that will project anything unto a wall, table or floor. The Sony LSPX-P1 Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector with WiFi/Bluetooth, wireless HDMI unit, compatible with Android & iOS. With it you can display images of 22’’ to 80’’. You can send videos from your smartphone, laptop, cable box, Blu-ray player etc to a wireless box via HDMI. With a dedicated app, you can control the projector and choose what to watch using you smart phone. It has built-in battery which can last for about 2 hours with a charging time of 4 hours. It is compactly built with speakers for big sound.
#15. Smart Bedroom thermostat
You can achieve the perfect smart bedroom temperature with very little hassle with this smart thermostat called ecobee4 Smart Thermostat with Built-In Amazon Alexa. It works with many of the residential HVAC
Systems. You can use the compatibility checker on their websiteIt uses room sensors to monitor occupancy and temperature in your smart bedroom to achieve the settings you desire.
Also it works with the major smart home assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google assistant, Apple homekit, microsoft cortana, Samsung SmartThings, wink, IFTTT.
#16. Motion active bed sensor light.
When you are in the bedroom, in the dark, and you want to have just the right amount of light to guide you without waking others in the smart bedroom with you, this motion sensing nightlight comes in handy. The Vansky Motion Activated Bed Light. It produces a warm soft glow when it senses your movement and auto shut off when you are leave, saving energy. It employs a Built-in human body passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor light with automatic shut-off timer. Automatic Turn on and Shut off by human induction in the dark environment. Very convenient as under bed lamp. It is time adjustable too, Motion sensor Auto shut-off timer can be set from 30 seconds to 10 minutes.
Not only act as under bed lamp, but also covers a wide range of home applications like stairway, cabinet, cupboard, sofa, furniture etc.
#17. Smart Air- conditioners
One smart bedroom appliance that will save you stress and money on your energy bills is this air conditioner controller called Sensibo Sky. This controller works with window units, split units and any air conditioner that has a remote control. Talk about turning your old air conditioner to a smart one. With Wifi enabled, you can control it from anywhere with the Sensibo App. Compatible with your iOS , Android , IFTTT, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Remote control, Humidity sensor. You can also schedule it for 7 days. You can use voice to control your air conditioner too with Alexa or Google Home. And with it’s Climate React feature, you can set advanced triggers to on or off your bedroom air conditioner depending on temperature and humidity.
#18. Quirky PPVG-WH01 Pivot Power Genius, Works with Alexa.
This one smart bedroom appliance is very, very convenient indeed. Sometimes you don’t want to leave appliances plugged into power outlets but getting up from your bed seems like a huge task. With this, you can remotely turn you power outlet off from your mobile app. It works with Amazon Alexa . You can do this manually or scheduled automatically from anywhere at any time.
The Quirky PPVG-WH01 Pivot Power Genius is very well designed. If you have ever had the problem of not been able to fit two big plugs side by side in a power extension, this solves that problem for you. Because it can be bent, curved, to give you that space to fit two or more big plugs side by side. It also has surge protection built in.
#19. The smart bedroom vacuum cleaner.
A smart bedroom will not really smart if the smart vacuum cleaner is excluded. We all know vacuum cleaning is one of the most detested, if not difficult house hold tasks we must perform. To make this task easier in a smart way is the ECOVACS DEEBOT N79 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with Strong Suction, for Low-pile Carpet, Hard floor, and is Wi-Fi Connected. It comes with a Smart Phone App which controls, schedule & track cleaning sessions, accessory status, battery life, & receive error alerts. Android & Apple compatible. However, it requires a 2.4G Hz Wi-Fi. And it si not Alexa Compatible. If you want one that is equally good and Alexa compatible check out the iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity.
The ECOVACS has:
a) Smart Motion Navigation & 3-Tier Cleaning System.
b) Anti-Collision & Drop Sensor Protection.
c) Max 100 Minute Battery Life.
Smart gadgets in the home are all the craze right now and going into the future. We have attempted to bring all the major smart bedroom appliances that you could ever need in your bedroom. And the smart bedroom ideas that go with them. We do not expect that you will go out and buy most of these high tech bedroom gadgets. Purchase will ultimately depend on lifestyle, benefits derived and affordability.
Please, if there is any we have left out, tell us in the comments below. We will love to know about them.