Have you dabbled with Alexa, Siri, Cortana or Google Nest? If so, you already know a little bit about what it’s like to use a virtual assistant. Even if it’s just asking Siri to read you a text, you’ve probably used a smart assistant before in one way or another. But when it comes to going beyond that and integrating your smart assistant into your life, you might not completely appreciate how it can make everything easier. Here are five ways that having a smart assistant can create the ultimate smart apartment for you.

Keep You Up to Date
With a smart assistant, you no longer have to make sure you read the news every morning, or, when it comes to personal news, even read your own emails and text messages. Once you have a smart assistant (especially if you’ve upgraded to have one in multiple rooms of your home), you can ask it to read the news, the weather or anything else that you need to know to help you with your day.

Set Important Reminders and Alarms Anywhere
If your smart assistant can hear you from where you are in the house, you can set a reminder or alarm whenever you need one. On the phone and making plans? Forget about awkwardly fumbling with the speakerphone—just tell your smart assistant to make an appointment on your calendar. Forgot to set an alarm to wake up, but you can’t find your phone? Tell your smart assistant when to wake you up. Smart assistants make it easy to keep your life in order in the best way.

Control Your Entertainment Life
If you’re willing to go the extra step to incorporate your smart assistant into your televisions and radios, your entire entertainment web will be at your fingertips. Setting up smart assistants like Alexa and Google Home in different rooms of your house means you can stream radio and music playlists from anywhere, and even rent movies and stream shows directly onto your television. All it takes is a voice command—you don’t even have to locate your remote.

Keep Your House Safe
One of the greatest things about smart assistants is that they let you keep an eye on things, no matter how far away they are. Lots of home security systems are extremely high-tech nowadays, with features such as facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence that make sure your place stays secure, even when you’re not in it. Most of the time, these security systems let you connect your smart assistant, so you can check in at any point and they can send you an alert if there’s any suspicious activity. With the combination of smart power and your ability to look things over with a human eye, your security system can be nearly foolproof. It adds an extra layer to your home security, which is great if you frequently have to leave your apartment standing empty.

Connect You in Any Room
Of course, the main draw of having an apartment that’s completely connected to a smart assistant is your ability to stay connected, no matter where you are. Most smart assistants connect to your phone in one way or another, which may mean the ability to answer your phone even if it’s in the next room, have music playing through your whole home, or create important reminders while you’re making dinner that your phone can bring up at a later date.

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Read the original article at ForRent.com.