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What's a Wall Tablet and Why Do I Need one?

 

If you grew up watching Disney Channel in the late 90s to the early 2000s, you may remember a DCOM named Smart House. In the movie, a boy wins a smart house for his family with an AI. 

The AI was able to control all aspects of the house, from cleaning, house temperature, water temperature, cooking, along with many other features.

Technology has not caught up to that of the house in Smart House, but we do have tech that aims to turn your home into a smart home. A wall tablet can be the central hub of your smart home, with the capability of controlling all of its aspects.

Keep reading to learn more about home automation and how a wall tablet can help you.

What Is a Wall Tablet?

A wall tablet can either be a tablet you already own, like an iPad, or a touch screen whose sole purpose is to control your smart home. 

A tablet will cost less money, but it doesn't have the optimization that a touch screen does. You can get a tablet wall mount, but if you plan to use it for streaming, games, or other things, it won't stay in that location permanently. 

That means that you may have to search for it if you need to access the hub for your home.

Wall tablets have pros and cons, depending on the type you decide to use. The one real con of the integrated touch screen, however, is the price.

Features

Below are some of the features available when you use a wall tablet with your smart home.

Security

With your tablet, you can arm your security system and even lock your doors if you have a smart lock. 

One of the other great security features this offers is the video doorbell. When someone gets within a certain range of your door, a camera by your door will allow you to see who is there through your tablet. 

You can even talk to them via the camera so you don't have to open the door.

Control Your Thermostat

With a smart thermostat and your tablet, you can control the temperature of your home no matter where you are. You can even adjust the temperature if you aren't at home.

For example, if you are on your way home in the winter and want to turn up the heat, you can do that from your phone.

Smart thermostats can also save you money. They have the ability to learn your schedule and adjust the temperature as needed. Some systems can even detect room occupancy levels and adjust temperature levels.

Control Your Lights

With smart lights, there are plenty of things that you can do with lighting home, besides turning them on and off. Smart bulbs are LEDs, so they consume less energy than incandescent bulbs. 

Smart lights also have motion sensors, which will light up once they detect that someone enters a room. From your tablet, you can also adjust the brightness of your lights.

You can even set mood lighting if you're looking to have a romantic evening.

Some smart bulbs also allow you to change their color, which means you can liven up your home for guests and when you have parties.

Entertainment Hub

One of the best features of a wall tablet is the ability to control your entertainment center. You can turn on your TV, change the channel, record your favorite shows, and so much more.

Beyond your TV, you can also control your stereo system and select a song or playlist to play. You can also control game systems with your tablet, affording you total control of the devices that provide you and your family with entertainment. 

Another boon for parents is that you can set restrictions and timers for your kids, so they don't access anything they shouldn't or spend all day on these devices.

Innovate Laundry Day

With your tablet and a smart washer/dryer, laundry is the easiest its ever been. First, the washer and dryer will ping your tablet when a load is finished with its cycle. 

You can also make changes to the washer and dryer from your tablet.

One of the best features that some smart washer/dryers have is the ability to sense if you are in the house via your phone. If you have to run out while your washer is on, it will continue to lightly tumble the clothes so they don't sit, wet.

Once you return home, it will stop since you can extract your clothes.

Cook Smarter

There are many smart appliances you can employ in your kitchen to revolutionize the way you cook. 

With a smart scale, you can weigh your food, and if you are tracking your nutrition, you can log these numbers through your tablet. With a smart oven, you can preheat it from your tablet or phone, if you are on the way home.

There are also some grills and pressure cookers that you can control through your table as well.

Never Push a Vacuum

With your tablet, you can program a Roomba or RoboVac to take care of cleaning your floors for you. Through your tablet, you can program a schedule and never worry about pushing a vacuum again.

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