The concept of time has, to this day in age, never been as valuable, important and cherished by the Western civilizations. Most likely a consequence of the fast, work-and-results oriented lifestyle, this universal, consistently increasing valuation of time has directly influenced directions of certain technological innovations. Any new idea that has the power to reduce time needed to perform a particular action (and thereby improve its efficiency), likewise has the full attention (which often also means financial support) of powerful corporations that could potentially profit from it. This social shift in the perception and valuation of time has, understandably, also made its way into the consumer market – making convenience, ease of use and time-efficiency some of the main values in even the every-day consumables. One such market that is being particularly influenced by this shift is the one for home automation and the future of home automation is here already!
Years ago, home automation seemed like a distant dream; it seemed like something that could make life easier but at the same time mean that we’ve collectively accepted technology planting its roots into our day-to-day lives. Today, home automation has come significantly further than we could have anticipated several years ago (which we could say is the case with most technologies), but is also more developed than it seems to be. This post is meant to explore the aspects of home automation that are already in action.
The main idea and purpose behind these ‘robotics’ is to make home chores and tasks take less time than they normally would have in the absence of such technology. There are already many smart robotic appliances on the market – which only seems to be going up from here.
For example, a game-changing appliance in the culinary world that is currently on the market is the “Thermomix”. The company claims that their product can replace 12 other appliances as it can do the following 12 functions: teaming, chopping, whipping, mixing, emulsifying, blending, kneading, cooking, stirring, weighing, and precise heating. One can simply download a recipe with a button and add the appropriate ingredients as it says. While the Thermomix makes your dinner, though with some human assistance, you can check your phone to see how much longer your smart washing machine needs for your load of laundry to be ready.
The shift to home automation has also generated a higher availability of home security systems and methods. You can now monitor your home security cameras and locks remotely via your phone, tablet or computer, through the system that connects to your Wi-Fi network. Near-future prospects for home security include advanced face recognition cameras and devices that have the intelligence to teach themselves what is considered normal activity and what isn’t – which should hence trigger the alarm.
Even though most smart home technologies, such as gadgets and appliances can be installed individually and manually, home security should be regarded as something of higher importance (as well as difficulty) and should only be handled by professionals. Choose your home security system wisely and rely on well-known companies such as ABB.
Sensor technologies currently available for homes range from smart smoke alarms to automated air fresheners like “Febreze Home”. A connected smoke alarm, for example, can tell a false alarm from a real fire. Through sensor technologies, your house can sense carbon monoxide levels as well as fast and slow-burning fires. With a ring of light, voice alerts and a cell phone notification, you are able to understand what exactly is going on, instead of waving a towel under your old smoke alarm that is going off because of a battery problem. These sensor technologies are, in a way, meant to help give you peace of mind within your home.
What may have seemed impossible or looked like simple futuristic speculations 10 years ago, has today become very real. Smarter technology means smarter homes, and, considering the rapid pace that technology is currently developing at, this is only the start. By 2020, some analysts expect the number of devices connected to the IOT to reach between 26 and 30 billion. The future has arrived and has so far only reached the prologue phase.