February 26th, 2015 at 10:00 am

hot tub owner technology

Now that we use smartphones and tablets to remotely control and monitor devices in our homes, cars, and offices, can the backyard be far behind?

If you own a hot tub, the future has arrived.

Manufacturers have long offered TV-type remotes that can turn a hot tub on or off, adjust water temperature, control lighting, and perform other basic functions. But the Internet of Things delivers apps that do far more.

Hot Spring and Coast Spas are just two companies encouraging owners to dive into the wireless waters. Both offer apps that let you see exactly what your spa is doing at any time. All you need is a Wi-Fi or Internet connection. Instead of going outside and pressing buttons on the topside panel, the apps ensure that your hot tub will be ready whenever you want to hop in and relax. Just start the tub and change settings via an interface on the screen of your smartphone or tablet.

Features vary by hot tub model and manufacturer, but common ones include the ability to:

The list of non-Internet remote-control options is virtually endless. Remotes can be used to lift and refold spa covers, raise flat-screen TVs from side panels for in-tub viewing, adjust water features such as waterfalls and cascades, and control music systems connected to waterproof speakers. Remote screen control of those functions is sure to be included in future app updates. Be sure to alert your rubber duckies.

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