Many of us work from home, are educated and entertained, so now is a good time to take stock of the technical equipment we have and make sure they are accustomed to their full potential.
Aren’t you entertained?
The average American household has 11 Internet-connected devices in 2019, including seven screens, including content viewing in a survey by the Deloitte Center for Technology, Media and Communications.
We have smart TVs that can go online directly through streaming devices such as Amazon Firestick or Roku. We have smartphones and tablets that are born to connect; But there may be more goods than you realize:
Blu-ray / DVD player – You may not use it much since the streaming revolution, but most models have access to major video and audio streaming services, including Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Spotify and more. In fact, many of these apps require a subscription to view content.
DVRs – These recording devices are usually provided by cable or satellite TV services and give you the ability to record broadcast content live, without expecting a reboot. Many are also loaded with prime streaming apps offered by cable and satellite providers.
Gaming Console – Online access to gamers play each other is standard on most consoles these days, but only those who play for themselves or others in the same room may not know about this option.
Get in your lap
Laptops and desktop computers are also among the most viewed devices in the American home and are likely to be much higher than your average smart TV.
Many people lean towards these big devices for very big things, especially now that our smartphones can take care of them. Many use their computers to work from home, Skype at meetings, and shut down when they work. Gamers, gamers, and many have a desktop to indulge in graphics and audio. But how many people turn out of their comfort zones while they are there?
These machines have a lot of unused capacity, as buyers run through “quick start” brochures shipped with the product. Depending on when you unbox your PC or laptop, you are managing your finances, editing movies, writing songs, maintaining your non-streaming library, exploring virtual reality options, and streaming movies and TV shows if all other screens are captured or you are looking for more privacy.
Check the IQ of your home
If you’ve purchased a flagship device for years, it has some high-tech, smart features, and a very good chance to connect to the Internet. The refrigerator, range and oven have a touch screen that extends to more settings to suit your needs. Some may download cooking instructions with a scan of the microwave barcodes, and deactivate the washer detergent after determining the weight and size of the laundry load.
Almost all “smart” devices can connect to Wi-Fi, so they can be controlled by your smartphone or by digital smart speakers like Alexa or Google Assistant. If you haven’t used these features of your devices, now would be a good time to get comfortable with them. Play with smartphone apps that can control them from anywhere, and consider giving voice commands to a smart speaker at home if you don’t already have them.
Smart thermostats act like their old-school brothers when not connected to a Wi-Fi system: you can manually control your HVAC system through its controls. When they are online, they give you a detailed schedule to manage every day of the week. With some sensors you can put them in rooms where your family will spend the most time.