Smart home automation is slowly but gradually becoming a part of daily lives around the world. In fact, it is assumed that the global market for smart home automation will extend to the $40 billion by 2020.
These days, there is a huge range of devices powered by IoT. These involve thermostats, refrigerators, security systems and even dryers and kettles. Smart homes have transformed the way we live. How about asking Alexa to play your favorite music and get weather updates while you are doing another work? Smart home automation can do even more than that — it has now become the future of our lives.
IoT Technology is said to become more clear and systematic. You will be capable to control kitchen and home appliances using an app. There is no need to control things manually, as AI will take care of that. These devices will begin to react as per user preferences.
Smart Homes and IoT:
IoT ecosystem depends on the collection of data. The data is then used for controlling, monitoring and transforming information to other devices via the internet. This enables specific actions to be automatically activated whenever certain situations arise. Let’s take a simple example, consider a smart kettle. The kettle can be programmed to automatically turn off once it extends to a particular temperature. It may also send a notification to the user on the same.
Now implement the same concept to the complete home and all the IoT devices present. Instead of manually going up to the specific device and taking certain actions, those actions can be taken at the one press of a button. These days, most smart home automation devices enable you to control them via an app or even through voice commands.
These days, smart lighting is now becoming a trend. They can be organized to turn on/off and modify their intensity. However, in future, it is possible for this to be taken a few steps ahead. With IoT empowered across the home, the lights can answer to other actions you take. For instance, the lights can respond to your home cinema. They can turn off whenever you start watching a movie. Moving ahead, they may even respond to the type of movie. For instance, they can turn off entirely if the lights sense that you are watching a horror movie.
In the future, doors can become smarter than it is. Imagine door is opening only when you enter or close. This can be made possible via a smart device or facial recognition. This feature can be extending to the next step by getting the rest of the house to take action in tandem with your entry. For instance, the lights can turn on as soon as you as entering through the door. Alternatively, if you are leaving, the lights can automatically turn off.
Nowadays you can easily control your home thermostat remotely through Apps. In the future, you might not even need to do that. The thermostat will be capable to identify you if you are nearing your home. It will then check the room and external temperature and set the specific temperature for you. It may even identify when you are taking specific actions and adjust accordingly.
Even your gardens can become smarter in the future with the help of IoT. You will be able to locate IoT sensors in the garden. If these sensors recognize dryness in the soil, they can activate the irrigation system. Robotic lawnmowers can be automatically placed if the grass exceeds a certain threshold height.
Smart Home Device Integrations
Integration can have a positive as well as the negative impact on smart home technology. Smart homes should be capable to know when to turn off the light at the moment you leave the room, make the door lock inactive with your facial recognition and much more. In the coming years, there will be more integration towards the smart home support for homeowners.
There are a few hurdles to universal adoption of IoT-enabled smart homes, the primary of which is cost. Privacy is another huge concern. Then there are the current technological limitations that create hurdles in a coherent connection between multiple IoT devices.