Late last year, a childhood animation icon, the Jetsons, celebrated its 50th anniversary, and sci-fi giant Star Trek isnâ€™t far behind.Â Itâ€™s hard to look around and not see the reality that pop culture so tongue-in-cheek predicted five decades ago. Yes, we have indeed entered an age where most of our lives can be controlled by the press of a button on a box in our hand. Case in point?Â No, itâ€™s not your TV remote; itâ€™s the Smartphone.
Thereâ€™s very little our Smartphone cannot do at this point. It has invaded every aspect of our life and dazzled us with convenience. You no longer have to be frustrated if you leave your home and forget to move thermostat down (or up) to save energy and practice green habits. We now have the Smartphone-Controlled home, and it tackles everything you can think of â€“ including the thermostat.
Smartphones now open the garage, adjust home lighting systems and thermostats â€“ and even know your schedule and regulate your homeâ€™s temperature from afar before you get in from work each day. Does anyone else feel likeÂ we’veÂ finally entered the Jetsons era?
Are you ready to really think green? How about controlling different room temps, one room at a time.
Gratefully, green power advances are everywhere, even on the level of the individual home and person. Of course, tech cannot work without power â€“ which those of us with friends, colleagues and loved ones hit by Superstorm Sandy last year learned on an exponential level.
One of the many Jetson-age products to address electric outages is The BioLite Campstove, which converts cooking heat to electricity.Burning twigs now produce electricity â€“ enough to power small appliances (enough to charge your smartphone). No fuel needs, just collect the twigs in your area. Itâ€™s also lightweight â€“ at only two pounds, thereâ€™s no need to even carry fuel. Thereâ€™s also a bigger version to fuel a house: a wood burning stove that while emitting heat, it powers small appliances.
As tech advances continue on every level, itâ€™s gratifying to see that they have invaded our homes and lives â€“ affecting the world at large and our ecology for the better.Â Itâ€™s about time.
CEO of The All Access Group, LLC