These days, smartphone apps are far more than just fun and games – some of them are making our lives easier and safer.You wouldn’t notice by looking at the top downloads for 2013, but there are now more manufacturers than ever who are finding ways to enhance their products with handy apps. In this subtle shift of useful smartphone and tablet technology scads of apps have appeared that will serve us well in and around the home.While these features might make us seem lazier than the last time we checked, it’s becoming tougher for us to deny the ease and convenience afforded by our mobile devices’ abilities to control just about everything.So take a break from Snapchat’n, sit tight on the Temple Run 2 and spare a minute to explore the more useful realm of the app universe.App-Supported Home Security: Defender
, SecurityManHome security
is already much easier and more affordable than it used to be, particularly when it comes to installing video surveillance in and around the home, but what’s more impressive is that you can now operate many security systems via your smartphone.These WiFi-enabled products feature multi-screen views of each camera’s video feed and can even couple it with views of nanny cams and baby monitors that are accessible on your smartphone at any time. Advanced options include features like photo alerts, which you can have sent to your phone when motion is detected on your property.App-Friendly Home Appliances & Fixtures:
LockState Connect, Philips HueThere’s no longer a need to worry about how plug-in home products will sync up with your mobile device with clever things like LockState Connect
. These special outlet modifiers and power strips are controlled by your smartphone, which in turn control what’s plugged into them.Combine this functionality with a few “smart” fixtures and you can make your entire house app-friendly with surprisingly little effort. Before you know it you’ll be able to monitor and control your thermostat, lights, sprinklers, fireplace, stereo, locks, home computer and pretty much anything else that has a switch on it with a few taps on your smartphone.These are just a few examples of how apps are making life easier at home and ATGStores.com
welcomes you to share what other apps you find useful around the house.