The Future of Automated Homes- How Will the Smart Home Technology Affect Your Lifestyle in the Coming Years
Do you remember the cartoon sitcom ‘The Jetsons’?
Let me remind you- This family of four lives in a house raised high in the sky with Space Age conveniences in the future. Their home has a push button which automates every chore- bathing, suiting up, cooking, setting the table, cleaning, moving from one room to the other.
I find it hard not to bring up ‘The Jetsons’ when I’m talking about smart homes in the future, you know.
In 1962, when this sitcom first aired, the image of homes in the future that it portrayed was mostly fiction. Today, we are inches away from living in a house that’s 100% automated. For your next generation, a smart home can be as unsurprising as smartphones are for you.
The future is indeed here- let’s take a closer look at what’s that about!
We Live in a Connected Reality- 100% Smart Homes Are Just the Obvious next Step
At present, we have running examples of automated appliances which we can control remotely, via a mobile application, for instance. Think thermostat, security cams, lights, fans, TV, etc.
You’re on the train and Oh God! You forgot to switch off the thermostat? Just use the app, flick a few virtual switches, and voila! Miles away, in your flat, the thermostat gets switched off.
Of course, it all developed in stages.
- Washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers, etc. made the nineties’ life more comfortable via automation
- Hub boxes used wires or wireless radio frequency to connect different devices, send signals, and control them using X10 protocol
- Standalone controllers were installed within a switchboard with a wireless connection. A switch press would broadcast command signal to devices.
- Today, Wireless internet connection lets you control devices using your smartphones
See- it’s been a gradual slope all along. No wonder the automation industry expects to pull $21 billion by 2020!
Anyways, that’s the connected reality we’ve already seen, tested, and lived with. As our tech develops, so will the quality of automated service, making us used to the enhanced level of convenience on its way to a 100% automated home.
The Automated Home’s Quality of Service- Now and in the Future
What we have-
- Wi-fi thermostats
- Smart lighting- operated via voice command
- Automatic locks-scheduled locking and unlocking, remotely controllable
- Alarms- able to detect smoke, carbon monoxide, slow-burning fires
- Showerheads- monitor water use by changing shades
- Robot assistants- vacuums, laundry-folding machines, multi-cooker
What we’re looking forward to-
- A central nervous system which oversees and manages all appliances in the home via sensors and intuitive AI
- Cooling and heating systems which monitor home temperature per the outside weather conditions
- Biometric locks- thumbprint, face, ear, retina ID
- Water saving plumbing systems
- Energy saving heating systems
- Peel-and-stick solar panel cells for easy solar energy entrapment
- Robot assistants who can tidy up, pick objects, operate machinery, serve food to you, etc.
- Smart toilets which can analyse stool and urine for diseases
So, think of the automated homes of the future as an ecosystem- a larger unit comprised of smaller ones, controlled by a programme which receives prime orders from you.
Let’s say you’re returning from vacation. You can, with one application on your mobile, command your
- Thermostats to cool or heat the air inside your home
- Refrigerator to keep a glass of water ready for you just as you prefer it
- Robot cleaner to vacuum a few areas, or the entire house
- Multi-cooker to prepare a meal
- Drive pavement to heat up and melt the accumulated snow away
- Sensors to track any toxic gases, pollen, allergic elements in the house before you enter
Why Would Smart Homes Become a Convention in the Coming Years?
Why would you buy an iPhone? It’s certainly not cheap.
It’s among the best techs around smartphones at present, you may respond. Why wouldn’t you spend money if it means getting refined services? We all want the best in our affordable limits after all.
In 2011, Microsoft declared that home automation could be expensive to own. And yet, by the end of 2017, 130 million smart products may be shipped worldwide.
What does that tell you?
Despite being a luxury amenity, the convenience, security and hassle-free living that automated homes provide in today’s time is worth the money spent.
As the Market Sees More Business, More Suppliers- the Prices Will Go Further Down
Let’s suppose you are disapprovingly shaking your head as you read this, reminding yourself how you’ll never live in a house that’s more machinery than anything else.
Here’s what could drive you to accept smart homes-
- Evolving Technology
Machine vision, cloud computing, speech and face perception, AI, sensors, processors, and connectivity are advancing at an incredible speed. Soon, non-smart homes would be obsolete.
- Better Product Upgrades
Home automation products are getting better at detecting, communicating, seeing, and navigating with each update. The service improvements will be manifold.
- More Security
Between a military grade encrypted iCloud communication system from a reliable source (like Wozart, you know!) and a local connection that’s not as secure, what would you pick?
- Global Warming
Energy management will drive acceptance for smart homes, given how close our race is to annihilation at our own exploiting hands.
- Reduced Complexity
Installing, connecting, and managing smart home devices with least hassle will be possible for even the technically ignorant.
So really, you are looking at a gradual decline in price with increased conveniences, easily-available technology, and innovative upgrades to the system.
The point- in a few years, smart homes won’t be an option; they’ll be essential. They’d become a part of life, an integrated aspect, a must-have. Traditional, non-automated houses will sit in the obsolete corner.
Till Then, Try Technological DIYs for Your Automated Home
Cutting-edge technology is seldom cheap, especially at present. But if you settle for a few things, you can DIY your way through home automation.
For instance, you can buy a timer unit for Rs. 2500, a presence sensor for Rs. 7000. Automate your switchboards using Wozart Aura from as low as Rs. 80,000. Integrate them with best in class locks and sensors, and you’ll have what was once a sci-fi fantasy- a decent futuristic house.