Imagine a world where smart home devices know your schedule and daily routine and wake you up every day in the following ways:
- Automatically turn on the light,
- Increase the room’s temperature
- The smell of freshly brewed coffee
- Change your mood by playing your favorite music.
Sounds like a dream. This dream has already become a reality thanks to the power of IoT and home automation. And it will get better.
Smart home technology is slowly changing the home automation industry as we know it. Gone are the days when home automation meant controlling devices over the internet. IoT combined with AI is a deadly combination that will change the way devices interact with each other. Utilities, entertainment, surveillance, and security systems are constantly being modified to be smarter, faster, greener, and more accurate.
Let's look at seven ways IoT will shape the future of home automation.
Smart homes are getting smarter.
Appliances don't automatically become "smart" just because they're connected to the Internet. A better term for the technology we've seen is "connected home."
This will change over the next decade as more and more devices use machine learning, computer vision, and other technologies to think, decide and learn. Consumer goods such as air conditioners, thermostats, smart lights, refrigerators, washing machines, coffee makers, and even water pumps can now be controlled with a switch. Now you can control it through apps on your phone, smart devices (like plugs and switches), voice commands, and mobile applications. But over time, these devices can predict user patterns and preferences with the help of machine learning and AI algorithms. After observing their habits, they slowly adapt their behavior to the house's occupants.
The Rise of Self-Diagnosing Devices
These devices can alert you when attention or maintenance is required. Automatically notify manufacturers and users when errors or system problems occur. This goes one step further. Smart fridges can use computer vision to look inside and machine learning algorithms to predict what to order. They can then alert the owner to run errands or, in some cases, take orders on their own. Imagine coming home from work. Suddenly you get a message on your phone telling you you must go shopping. The GPS can then choose an appropriate route and point to supermarkets where you can buy these groceries. This guide is based on which supermarket has the specific items you need. This is the power of IoT and home automation.
Artificial intelligence-based technologies are expected to become a common feature of home security systems in the next few years.
Enhanced Smart Home Security
Security is another aspect where IoT and home automation are critical.
Smart homes can already recognize owners, relatives, and friends. Video doorbells are getting smarter. Instead of notifying the owner when someone is in the house, the owner can provide in-depth information about the person's activities, past home visits, and common visiting patterns. Homeowners can remotely lock and unlock the front door when entering and exiting the smart home.
IoT-enabled entertainment system.
Home entertainment is increasingly becoming an integral part of automation.
Users can stream music from anywhere in the house through the smart speaker and choose different songs for each room. The music system can be connected to smart LED lights that dance to the song's rhythm to create an aesthetic atmosphere for the owner.
In the future, the voice assistant will be able to recognize your voice and customize music preferences for each user. This will give you a personalized recommendation for your favorite music or TV show.
Home care and diagnosis
Smart home care can reduce the stress on traditional care channels such as doctors and hospitals. This is done through preventative measures such as wearables that help users lead a healthy lifestyle by monitoring their current activity level, sleep quality, and nutrition.
In the near future, devices could provide intervention services, allowing users to communicate remotely with doctors, alert nurses when elderly people arrive home, or even diagnose diseases with AI.
Increased reliance on bots
The robotics trend started with vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers. But thanks to the power of AI, we expect AI to become smarter in the future and help users accomplish more tasks. From cooking and cleaning to socializing and, as previously discussed, health care, home robots promise a future where everyday tasks are fully performed, freeing users to spend valuable time on tasks other than routine chores and maintenance.
Environment-Friendly IoT – Making the World a Greener Place
IoT will not only make life easier but also make homes greener. A smart home is smart enough to optimize energy consumption.
IoT allows devices to share data that can be analyzed to track usage patterns and reduce waste. Occupancy sensors can detect empty spaces not occupied by users and ensure that AC and lights are turned off. Outdoor lighting can monitor and control the light intensity by setting the exact time based on available natural light. Both IoT and AI applications are powerful tools that can make homes smarter. These technologies are the perfect combination for a smart home that saves time and increases efficiency. Today's smart home is ideal for the tech-savvy and those who want to be more economical, energy-efficient, and secure.
IoT and AI are doing amazing things for smart home automation systems, and the best is yet to come! As technology changes, the IoT possibilities are endless.