As technology advances at a faster pace, so does the race towards obsolescence. Eventually I bit the bullet and upgraded my life to an iPhone. The new features were great, but outside of the new phone, not much really changed for me in terms of technology upgrades. I recall getting some nifty Bluetooth headphones as a gift that were helpful for workouts. I purchased a handful of Wi-Fi leak detectors for cabinetry underneath sinks and reluctantly bought a security camera to monitor a plumbing valve.
A lot has changed though in the past couple of years. Although I’m a late adopter, once I get passionate about something, my OCD can be a force to reckon with. It began when I started buying a few Wi-Fi smart plugs that can be managed by my phone to help me out around the house. One controlled my fish tank filter, and another two replaced those old mechanical vacation light timers that always seemed to get stuck on the wrong time. I liked the benefit and the flexibility, so why stop there? After wiring up a few light switches, the outdoor lights can now be programmed to turn on 30 minutes before dusk, and go off at sunrise. Managing our irrigation system has never been easier. Now I just open an app and pause or initiate a watering. Heating coils keep our gutters free of ice without requiring me to ever again hop over a scary railing on my roof deck. Security cameras, yep, I’ve got those. Then it progressed to functional lighting scenes for rooms, and when the holidays came around this last year, just about every Christmas related light was controlled remotely. When I finally got my first Apple Watch last year, it now lets me use Siri Shortcuts on my wrist to do these commands by voice. Much to my family’s dismay, the list goes on. I hate to admit it, but my guess is I’m just getting warmed up.