In the year 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book titled “Business at the speed of thought” and made some predictions on where technology was headed in the next few decades. At that time, most of the predictions seemed like an exaggeration but less than two decades later, they have now become a reality. For instance, one of his predictions was how personal companions will be designed to interconnect devices in a smart way and help the user at home and at the office. The advent of the internet of things has now made this a reality – and one awesome application is in smart homes.
What is a smart home?
A smart home is one that integrates technology and services in order to give the homeowner a better quality of life. Different technologies are usually used to equip the home parts for a more intelligent monitoring and remote access. This leads to an influential harmonic interaction among the home parts in a way that normal house chores are automated with minimal user intervention. In fact, the user typically uses his remote access whenever their input is needed. Depending on what is available, the home services can actually be integrated to allow them to communicate with each other. In such a scenario, a single control can be used to control the different home systems as per the preprogrammed operating modes.
Advantages of smart homes
Smart homes have numerous advantages. For starters, they are not only comfortable and energy efficient but are also very convenient to live in. With the smart home technology, digital nomads can keep an eye on their smart house even when they are halfway across the world. These houses can also be a great help to elderly people, persons with disabilities and anyone that needs assisted living. Making a home smart is also one of the ways of increasing the value of your house before putting it on the market.
Examples of Smart Technology
Door Locks- If you are handy with a screwdriver and have an hour of time, you are capable of installing one of these locks. Some systems will open the lock by a simple wave of your mobile devise…while others require a key/code. Most of these locks will send out alerts that let you know when somebody has entered/left your home and if the system battery is running low. These systems come in handy when needing to let in family/friends who don’t have a key. It can also help with service providers like house cleaning and dog walking services.
Thermostats- How many times have you left the house and wondered if you forgot to turn off the a/c or heater? Would you like it to be warm when you get home from work? These thermostats are programmable from your smart phone and can help you not only be comfortable but also cost efficient. If you have a short term rental property (and you live out of the area) it can also keep your costs down when tenants check out.
Be sure to check out Part 2 for more Smart Home Technology.