For the last one decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the smart technology where people have been using more improved devices such as smartphones. Today, the technology has extended such that everything at home is connected to the internet. Businesses now depend on customers’ demands when investing in technological innovations. Large companies such as Google are opting for more spontaneous user experience to meet the constantly changing customer demands. With the speed at which technology is being consumed by users, more advancement in smart homes is anticipated to go up in the coming few years.
Taking into considerations the transition that has occurred for the last few years, it is easier to predict the innovations ahead of us. For instance, the traditional home security has shifted to the use of more sophisticated devices. The traditional alarms and keys are now outdated because new and advanced integrated security systems have been created. High-tech companies such as Honeywell have come up with remote-controlled alarm systems that can be set, rest, or unset to offer an advanced security to your home. We have also seen modern homes with automated doors that can be locked and opened remotely with a few taps on a smartphone.
In addition to the new security systems, there are smart lighting systems and energy meters that allow a homeowner to control energy usage remotely. Interestingly, a report published by the Telegraph shows that more than 5 million homes worldwide have installed smart meters. Unlike the traditional energy meters, the smart devices are capable of estimating an annual figure, from which an average monthly energy bill is calculated. This gives a homeowner an opportunity to plan appropriately on energy consumption, hence saving more on energy bills.
Apart from the smart meters, more improved thermostats have emerged – smart thermostats. As opposed to the conventional models, the high-tech models can monitor the habits of the occupiers, learn their behavior, locate their distance, and then store that data. Through the use of GPS, a homeowner can also be monitored from a specified distance. The information is used to regulate the heating and cooling based on what temperature you always want in the rooms. The devices can also sense when you are in the house and switch on the heating system. Since these devices are connected to the internet, a homeowner can also regulate the climate of the house regardless of location.
Smart home technology is also taking place on our television screens, which indicates that the smart technology is already incorporated appropriately on the entertainment sector. It is possible for a homeowner to sign into all streaming services right from a TV screen. One can search for information or even shop items online, courtesy of the Internet of Things (IoT). As the smart technology continues to increase day by day, soon we shall be controlling our homes through voice commands. Devices with voice-activated features are expected, which can be operated from home and remotely. The sensors will be able to ‘hear’ voice commands and take actions immediately. For instance, you say “I want to sleep”, the lights will dim and the audio player stops.
The use of more improved GPS devices will facilitate the ease of operating home heating systems. The technology will enable smart thermostats to regulate the heating before entering your home. This is interesting because your home will be set in the ideal climate. Even some of the scent devices will be connected to the GPS such that they can regulate house odors depending on your distance when driving home. The lights will also switch on to welcome your presence, hence saving time for other tasks.
More sustainable options will be availed to save water and energy in homes. For instance, the water saving devices such as smart showerheads in the bathroom is a great innovation for homeowners. The smart showerheads have sensors that can notice when you are using it. The shower temperature and pressure remain normal, but the user will not need to shut off the valve manually. The sensors can sense when you are under the showerhead and when you step out. It will know when you are under the showerhead so that it can turn on the water flow.
Another interesting future of smart homes is the ability of the appliances to predict repair when needed. Some electrical appliances such as refrigerators will be designed such that they can send reminders to the manufacturer or service personnel about any issue. Its sensors will be able to monitor when the last repair service was done, and whether or not maintenance service is required. Even cars will have sensors to inform your service personnel about any problem, which you could not have noticed at an early stage. Such smart technology will help homeowners stay on top of proper servicing that may reduce the repair cost in the long run.