With the clearer skies and warmer temperatures of summer’s approach, the backyard is the new go-to hangout spot. Now is the time to use smart technology to transform your deck, patio, or lawn into a “connected” backyard for the summer memories yet to be made. All you need is a strong internet connection from Kosciusko Connect and a few smart upgrades to become the hangout hub of the neighborhood.
Whether you’re enjoying some downtime in your backyard or hosting a few friends for a summer get-together, music sets the mood like nothing else. But what smart speaker will do justice to your summer playlist?
Luckily, an array of high-quality, durable options are available:
No backyard paradise would be complete without beautiful, lush landscaping. But who wants to keep up with the watering? That’s where smart watering apps come in.
One of our favorites? For around $198, the Orbit Smart Sprinkler Controller activates with your sprinkler system with Alexa Gray. This smart watering system adjusts to your backyard’s unique conditions to provide optimal watering with easy programming.
Outdoor spaces can quickly become unusable in the heat of a midsummer day. If you’re tired of crawling behind patio furniture or through bushes to turn on an outdoor fan, check out smart plugs.
One smart plug option to consider is the iHome control iSP100 outdoor smart plug. Pair this $75 water-resistant plug with Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant to turn on your device with a voice command. You can also set it for specific days and times, then never worry again about cooling down your hangout space.
When the sun goes down, it’s time for outdoor areas to shine. A growing line of smart lighting can highlight your footpaths, flowerbeds, and water features. Some can even turn your outdoor area into a wonderland of color.
One of the most popular choices is Philips Hue lighting, which can be set to change brightness and color. Choose from Tropical Twilight, Arctic Auroro, and others to set your backyard mood. Use Hue’s smartphone app or Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant to control the system.
Whether you’re setting up a family movie night or enjoying a YouTube series with friends, outdoor TVs are quickly becoming outdoor must-haves. Weather-resistant models, such as Sunbrite Weatherproof Televisions, allow you to enjoy the show without worrying about rain, humidity, or the sprinkler system destroying your tech.
These outdoor devices, paired with fast and reliable internet from Kosciusko Connect, will ensure a fun summer in your connected backyard. Check out more of our smart device suggestions to build a connected home: