When you aren’t home, nagging little doubts could start to crowd your mind. Did you turn the coffee maker off? Did you set the security alarm? Are your kids doing their homework or are they watching television?
With a smart home, you could quiet all of these doubts with a simple glance at your smartphone or tablet.
Any device in your home that uses electricity can be put on your home network and at your command. Whether you give that command by voice, remote control, tablet or smartphone, the device reacts. Most applications, for the time being, are related to lighting, home security, home theatre and entertainment, and thermostat regulation.
The mere idea of a smart home might make you think of George Jetson and his futuristic abode or maybe Bill Gates, who spent more than $100 million building his smart home. Once a draw for the tech-savvy or the wealthy, smart homes and home automation are becoming more common and needless to say, affordable.
What used to be a quirky industry that churned out hard-to-use and frilly products is finally maturing into a full-blown trend. Ahead of start-up companies, more established tech organizations are now launching new smart home products. Sales of automation systems could grow to around $21 billion by 2020. By 2022, that number could balloon to $79.57 billion.
Much of this is owed to the jaw-dropping success of smartphones and tablet computers. These ultra-portable powerhouses are everywhere, and their constant Internet connections mean they can be configured to control a myriad other online devices. After all, it’s all about the Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things is a phrase that refers to the objects and products that are interconnected and identifiable throughout a digital network. This web-like sprawl of products is going to get bigger and better every day.
One of the smartest homes in the world- Bill gate’s USD 100 Million, smart home
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates’ home just outside of Seattle, Washington, is easily the most famous smart home to date. Everyone entering is pinned with an electronic tracking chip. As you move through the rooms, lights come on ahead you and fade behind you. Your favorite songs follow you throughout the house, as so will whatever you’re watching on television. This chip keeps track of all that you do and makes adjustments as it learns your preferences. When two different people enter the same room, the system tries to compromise on something that both people will like.
Here are some more examples of cool smart home tricks:
- Light a path for the nighttime bathroom trips.
- Unlock the door automatically as you approach.
- Feed pets on a schedule with a preset amount of food.
- Instantly customize mood lighting for any occasion.
- Program your television so that your children can watch only at a certain time(s).
- Warm the bedroom before you get out of the bed so that it’s nice and toasty when you step down.
- Turn on the coffee maker as soon as you wake up.
And a myriad of other things for the comfort of the inhabitants.