Home automation has been a staple of science fiction stories for many years, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is slowly ushering in a world where devices are smart enough to handle tasks that used to require the attention of people. One part of the house ripe for such automation is the “man cave”.
Man caves are a relatively new lifestyle trend that basically describe a room or area designed to cater to the tastes and lifestyles of guys, essentially allowing men to indulge in things away from the pressures or stress of the rest of the world. Workshops and garages have traditionally been seen as male-centric areas, but man caves are spaces where manliness is just as much about aesthetics as it is about more “male-oriented work”.
Basements, garages, spare bedrooms, studies, and similar spaces are increasingly being converted into these man caves. According to Wikihow, setting up a man cave requires loads of home entertainment devices such as TVs, video game consoles, computers, and other gadgets, as well as decorations that emphasize the “manliness” of the area. Many will even include small appliances, such as mini refrigerators, to allow cave dwellers to remain in isolation for long periods of time.
IoT devices are going to give home owners lots of new gadgets to put in their homes, making it a dream come true for tech enthusiasts. TVs will become smart TVs. Mini fridges will become smart fridges. Locks will become smart locks. Microsoft recently developed a smart air hockey table using their Windows 10 IoT core, so it seems fair to say the only limit for automating and “smartening” man caves is the imagination (and maybe a little bit of technical know-how).
IoT technologies are going to give guys everywhere a whole new way to conceptualize and design man caves, as well as other rooms in their smart homes. But like many developments in home automation, there are significant security implications to using new devices. Here’s a few suggestion on what to do to keep smart man caves safe and secure.
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