Every year the tech market produces the next device for a “smart home.” Last year the smart “home hub” was all the rage. A voice-generated command station, the home hub supplies web-generated answers to any questions from the weather to current interest rates to the time in Bora Bora. It can process online orders.
The greater use of these hubs happens when you link it to your home applications. The hub can set timers for your roast, play music, serve as an alarm clock; manage your home security, recordings on TV, the thermostat, and turn lights on and off.
All these tasks and more are possible by linking your home hub with online services you already use. The software that drives these devices is currently being installed on tablets. So, if you’d prefer not to add another device into your home, you may want to wait for one of these services to become available via an app for your device. Amazon’s Alexa is currently available on its Fire tablets.