What To Expect In The Smart Home Takeover?


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30 years ago, the idea of a house capable of listening and answering to our commands was only possible in science fiction like “The Jetsons: Family of the Future”. Now? It’s not so far fetched anymore.

Technology has been advancing so fast that our devices are getting smarter by the minute. From basic phone services like call and SMS, phones nowadays can now do virtually everything. And pretty soon — your house, too.

google home http://bcove.me/esk0fp7b

amazon echo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkOCeAtKHIc

The videos above are just a sneak peek into the future of smart home technology. It’s really no different than having Siri (Apple), Alexa (Amazon) or Google Assistant, just within a larger scope. But according to the 2015 State of the Smart Home Report, end-users are not ready just yet.   

According to the same report, 90% of the sample population agree that security is the most important reason in smart home adaptation. This involves CCTV and automated door locks that can be accessed and controlled remotely. Other smart technology they want includes self adjusting thermostat, automatic adjustable outdoor lighting, and master remote control for all household appliances.

For the rollout of the first wave of home automation, we’ve seen connected thermostats, cameras, lights, and door locks installed by early adopters of of the technology. Proving that security is a priority in having a smart home.  

But a smart home is more than just about security.

  • For one, automation is expected in a smart home. A thermostat or air conditioner that will adjust itself according to your body temperature? Check. Lights that will turn on when you enter the room and turn off when you leave or when prompt? Check.
  • It can answer all your questions! Or answer questions found on the internet, which is everything anyway. So if  you forgot to spell words, or the units of conversion while cooking or baking, or even your kid’s science homework, smart home will help you with it.
  • Save energy too! Smart home can help you use energy more efficiently by automating the appliances to turn off or use less electricity when no one is around. It eliminates the chance of people forgetting to turn off the appliances, thus lowering the electricity bill.
  • It can prevent accidents from happening. A smart home can prompt the people living at the house when there is a minor gas or water leak. Fires and floods can thus be avoided.  

All these and more can be done as the technology for smart home progresses. But there are also reasons why end-users are still apprehensive in having a smart home.

The primary concern is the privacy of the family. A smart home will connect a variety of IoT around the house to efficiently function. It will undoubtedly collect a lot of information regarding the inhabitants, not to mention the data it can come up with through analytics. This can be a major concern in case a data breach happens.

Bandwidth is also important in the smart home as all IoT will be connected through the internet. It is important to have a super fast internet connection (5G maybe?) to ensure that all devices will work properly. That kind of bandwidth will also compete to the usual internet activity of the family so we are talking about Gigabytes to Terabytes of data being used monthly.

When these issues are properly addressed, apprehension into adopting the smart home technology can go down significantly. But all things considered, smart home is definitely on its way.

So expect a smarter home taking over  in the coming years, as well as everything else.

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