“Nothing is permanent but change” is an old saying. Adapting to change becomes a necessity at a point in time. The Home of the future will not only have a variety of gadgets but they will also operate smartly, remotely. Home Automation was the buzz around the corner some time back, now controlling it remotely is. Being able to operate the various systems like HVAC (heat, ventilation, and air-conditioning), lights, security systems, locks with the help of a personal computer, smartphone or a tablet isn’t a fantasy any more.
The Internet of Things (IoT)
In 1999, British visionary Kevin Ashton coined the term “Internet of Things.” A large number of devices from heart monitoring implants to devices that assist fire fighters in search and rescue are a reference to things in the “Internet of Things.” A situation where transfer of data occurs without requiring human-to-human or human to computer interaction with the help of objects, animals or people is the Internet of Things.
A huge variety of devices can be connected to the internet. One such example of excellence is the “learning thermostat” created by Nest Labs. Tony Fadell was building a house for himself and was disappointed by the thermostats available in the market. These were out dated and had a limited number of features. Along with Matt Rogers, Fadell formed a company called Nest Labs and produced the “smart” thermostat.
Both former Apple employees received an over whelming response for their “learning thermostat”. With the help of sensor technology the Nest Learning Thermostat can differentiate between day and night, infer whether someone is home or not, whether it is a weekday or weekend and adjusts accordingly. It can be connected to the home Wi-Fi and it learns to adjust, monitoring the usage patterns.
Futuristic Smart Homes
Morgan could hardly believe what she just saw at Richard’s newly renovated house. The doors automatically opened upon their arrival. The lights switched on when they moved through the corridor and automatically went off after they had moved to the next room.
When they sat to have their supper at the Patio, a soft music began to play by itself, Richard took out his phone and swiped his fingers over the screen, and the music was immediately changed to his choice for the moment. A Smart house can make your life at ease besides amazing your friends and guests.
Devices monitoring your biometrics, body temperature, fingerprints, heartbeat pattern could bring about the customized changes in the environment of your home. The moment you enter your car in the office parking the washing machine at your home starts, when you are just a mile away from your home the oven gets on to bake the food inside. Several sensors keep a check on the temperature and changing environment of your house, sending you an instant alert in any unfavorable situation. The smart Home of the future will definitely have more add-ons.
Then, there are people who are not that tech savvy. It could be a difficult task for them handling all those smart gadgets from their smart devices. As handling, the smart device in itself was an issue for them. There should be a balance between the intricacy and price of a smart system.
Moreover, if hackers get into your smart home system can mess things up. A number of notorious activities are possible if your home security system is breached, even lights, gadgets HVAC (heat, ventilation, and air-conditioning) could be turned off or on. All companies trying to produce and sell such hi-tech smart systems are working on ways to make their respective systems hacker proof.
Whether you are a tech savvy person or not, the changing technology will automatically lure you into converting your smart home into a futuristic Hi-tech internet enabled home.