Collecting the keys to your BTO or resale flat soon? Looking for inspiration and tips on how you can furnish your unit? Or wondering how smart home features suit nicely in an HDB’s flat?
You may be familiar with HDB’s My Nice Home Gallery, a physical (and also online) gallery which provides HDB dwellers new interior design ideas and inspirations through thoughtfully curated showflats. Each showflat showcases a different way homeowners can potentially style their 2-room Flexi, 3-room, 4-room and 5-room flats. The gallery’s latest refresh completed at the end of 2020 also covers design themes from the minimalist Nordic Silhouette to the contemporary Tropical Luxe.
In line with Singapore’s Smart Nation Vision, the 5-room showflat features smart home solutions that homeowners can adopt to enjoy a ‘Smart Living’ lifestyle.
If you’re new to the idea of smart homes, you may be wondering how the smart home can help my whole family?
In this article, we will delve into the different smart home setups featured in My Nice Home Gallery’s 5-room Tropical Luxe showflat to highlight how one can create a convenient, secure, and comfortable home for all generations living together.
What it does: Allows you to customise controls to multiple smart devices with a button press – be it lights, aircon, fans, or curtains. Smart switches can also be activated via voice commands or through an app.
Picture this. It’s 8 A.M. in the morning and you’re rushing to leave the house. Instead of having to turn off the lights, draw the curtains and then fumble for the remote to turn off the air conditioner or fan, you can now settle all of it with a click of a button. So simple.
Smart Switches have been a long staple in smart homes, and for a good reason. Allowing control over not just one, but multiple smart devices (e.g. lights, aircons, curtains and fans) with one button press, smart switches can be tailored to activate or turn off a group of smart devices, depending on the scenario selected.
A homeowner may choose to configure one switch in the bedroom to turn off the lights and turn on the aircon for a ‘bedtime’ scenario, and another ‘home’ switch in the living room to turn on the fan, lights, and draw the curtains when he comes home from work. This offers unprecedented convenience by making it easy for homeowners to execute scenes using a single click.
On top of it all, smart scene switches need not be fixed to a wall. Smart switches like the Koble Smart Scene Switch (featured in My Nice Home Gallery), are portable, allowing homeowners to bring it with them to different locations in their home, and activate different scenes when necessary.
Wow, that’s so sweet? Well, we think so too.
Bonus tip: Link your smart switches to Google Home mini to activate these scenes via voice or link it to Koble’s app to activate these scenes remotely.
What it does: Allows you to open the door remotely via app, create one-time passwords, view door access records, and activate smart scenes with user identification.
Long are the days where you forget your keys and end up locked outside your own home. With most smart door locks allowing entry via passcodes and fingerprint mapping, security and ease of access are two key benefits that homeowners gain when they make the switch. The added functionality of being able to unlock the door via the smart home app and creating one-time passwords in advance also means that you can now open the door for delivery men, friends or family that are visiting (you know, during those unfortunate moments that you’re tied up elsewhere due to unforeseen circumstances).
And there’s more.
Beyond recognising fingerprints and keeping a log of who has entered the home, a Smart Door Lock like the one by Koble at My Nice Home Gallery can also map an individual’s fingerprints to a smart scene, thus activating the smart scene whenever their fingerprint is registered at the door.
If you’re someone who spends most of the time relaxing on the couch after getting home, you can consider mapping your fingerprint to turn on the lights and fans in the living room when you unlock the door.
Bonus tip: For parents, link your smart door lock to your smart home app to get notified when your children have entered the home for added peace of mind.
What it does: Allows you to automatically turn on the lights when motion is detected in the sensor’s zone.
Stumbling about in the dark is no fun, regardless of whether you’re a young child or someone in their sixties. If you’ve always wished for a fuss-free and non-intrusive way to light up your room or hallway in the middle of the night, a motion sensor smart lighting setup would hence be a good choice.
This is also perfect for families with young children or the elderly, as it minimises the risk of accidents happening in the dark.
Bonus tip: If you have young children or family members who frequently forget to turn off the lights in lightly patronised areas (e.g. the bathroom), install motion sensors to help conserve electricity in these areas.
What it does: Automatically detects the temperature and humidity in the area, and can be linked up with a smart device at home to activate certain scenes.
It may always feel hot and humid in Singapore, but having a temperature and humidity sensor has a purpose beyond just telling you how freaking hot it actually is.
Tired of adjusting your curtains every afternoon thanks to the dreaded western sun? The temperature and humidity sensor may just be your best bet.
With Koble’s intelligent capabilities, the temperature and humidity sensor can be configured to automatically trigger certain scenes at home, for instance, drawing your curtains or turning on the aircon when your room hits a certain temperature. This helps to make sure that your environment is always cool and well shaded so that you can enjoy the most out of your own home.
What it does: Notifies members of the household via the app that the alarm has been triggered. Can also double up as a scene switch.
As much as we hate it, accidents can happen. To err on the side of caution, the emergency button is hence a good addition for homes with elderly or young children.
The Koble emergency alert button is battery operated, making it a small and portable item that can be carried on at all times. Depending on individual preferences, the emergency button can also be fixed within accident-prone locations (such as the bathroom), to allow any unfortunate incidents that happen to be reported easily.
Of course, much like most other smart devices featured on this list, the emergency alert button is more than just a one-trick pony. The emergency button can also be used as a portable (or permanent) smart switch, to activate scenes such as ‘bedtime’ or ‘work time’.
What it does: Allow for scheduling of home appliances and remote control.
If work already saps off most of your energy, coming home to a house that needs cleaning is simply worse. It’s no wonder that cleaning robots have seen a rise in popularity since their inception. After all, who would say no to something that can make vacuuming and mopping hassle-free?
That said, there are many brands and models for smart cleaning robots in the market. Most brands offer capabilities such as room mapping, scheduling, and remote control, allowing you to schedule or set when the cleaning robot should perform its job.
Bonus tip: Schedule your smart appliances to supplement your daily routines, e.g. setting your cleaning robot to clean the house after you’ve left for work.
From smart door locks and sensors that help keep your home safe, to smart switches and buttons that facilitate quick control of multiple devices in a go, smart home configurations and benefits are aplenty.
If you’re looking for a smart home package that equips your home with the solutions seen at My Nice Home Gallery and more, contact Koble or view our HDB packages for more information.
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