NEW YORK (
) -- Wonder what your smartphone has done for you lately?
The ubiquitous consumer device has infiltrated a surprising number of household objects, from front doors to vacuum cleaners.
While not everything makes sense (a
? Won't the toast get cold if you're nowhere near?), smartphones and their accompanying mobile apps have let nearly no household object go untouched. Take a look:
The Front Door
After buying a car with keyless entry and a push-button start, I anxiously awaited a similar system for the front door. It's time -- and boy, has there been an explosion. The Bluetooth-based keys and door locks are dominated by startups like
recently jumped in with its touch-friendly Kevo. The door lock senses when a Bluetooth-linked smartphone or key fob is near and unlocks the front door. No longer must one fumble to find keys in a purse or pocket. These systems also use a smartphone to allow entry to certain people (friend or cleaning service), get an alert if the door is unlocked and let you know when its battery is dying.