What’s Hot in Smart Home Technology
As the number of smart home devices increases at an almost dizzying rate, it can be difficult to try and stay on top of the latest innovations. These latest innovations, however, provide many of the advancements that truly take smart home technology to the next level. Here are a few of the trends to look out for if you’re seeking to upgrade your home.
It’s long been that your smart home devices allowed you to control various components of your home remotely. For example, if you wanted to change the temperature of your home when you were away, all you’d have to do is install a smart thermostat. Then, you could install the app on your phone and change the temperature wherever you were. This allows you to save money on your electric bill by turning off the air in certain rooms that are not occupied.
Now, in addition to off-site control capabilities, voice control is breaking through as an easier way to control those smart devices when you’re at home. These devices can change the temperature, start the washer, turn on the oven, or dim the lights, all without lifting a finger. This ensures your home is always optimally customized for your comfort with little to no effort required on your part.
As it seems that criminals continue to evolve, so, too must the security companies who seek to spoil their plans. One big evolution is the advancement of connected security cameras that are integrated with home security systems. These systems, like other smart devices, allow you to access the data from the cameras wherever you are. So, if the system detects movement, you can have full access in high-definition video to see exactly what’s going on. These cameras serve as a powerful deterrent since a criminal’s biggest desire is to remain anonymous in the hopes of avoiding being charged for their actions. With one or more connected cameras installed, though, there’s almost no place for them to hide.
Deeper Integration with Home Appliances
As smart home devices have advanced, manufacturers have struggled to understand how to purposefully make ubiquitous home appliances smart, as well. After all, it’s nothing to add wireless connectivity to an oven or refrigerator, but what purpose does that connectivity serve?
Now, however, companies are understanding how to deeply integrate this connectivity to allow it to make activities in your daily life easier and even more fun. For example, connected refrigerators can peek into your fridge using door-mounted cameras. Using special algorithms, the refrigerator can actually figure out which items are missing, so that you know which items you need to pick up at the store. This advanced thinking is continually finding its way into new appliances to ensure you never miss a beat when it comes to otherwise monotonous daily tasks.
Having a robot serve you in your home still seems like something straight out of science fiction. As artificial intelligence becomes more refined, however, this dream comes closer to becoming a reality. The key is getting robots to understand what your commands are and then translating that information into meaningful and helpful activities around your home. As voice assistants have proven, though, this technology is already quite well-developed. All that is needed is some moving parts to do what is asked and you’ve got a fully functioning robot.