It used to be that a cellphone was for making phone calls. Then it got the ability to send text messages, and now you can't imagine a day without posting to Facebook, checking emails, playing games, taking pictures, or any number of other activities on your smartphone.
As it turns out, that's the tip of the iceberg. Soon, you'll be controlling many of the devices in your home, from thermostats to lights and much more, with your smartphone. Every day, an average 5.5 million smart, or "Internet of Things," devices are being connected in homes around the world, according to research firm Gartner. It further estimates there will be 6.4 billion connected devices by year's end, and 20.8 billion IoT devices by 2020.
You might already have some of these smart gadgets in your home. Odds are, you already have an Internet-connected smart TV or a streaming media player device, like Apple TV or Roku. (Note: Before you buy one, check out streaming media player specs at the exclusive Komando Streaming Media Player Comparison Chart.)
However, there are more types of IoT gadgets than home media or appliances. There are IoT devices that help you sleep, keep you safe, improve your cooking and more. Here are five IoT devices that might surprise you, and how to get started turning your house into a smart home.