This dream has already become a reality thanks to the power of IoT and home automation. And it just gets 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.
#1 – 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 devices use machine learning, computer vision, and other technologies that can 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 watches), voice commands, and web platforms. 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.
#2 - Damage to the self-diagnostic device
Smart products are gradually becoming conscious. These devices can alert you when attention or maintenance is required. Manufacturers and users are automatically notified when errors or malfunctions occur in the system. This goes one step further. Smart fridges can use computer vision to look inside and machine learning algorithms to predict what to order. Imagine coming home from work. Suddenly, you get a message on your phone telling you to go shopping. The GPS can then choose the right route and point to supermarkets where you can buy these foods. 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.
#3 – Enhanced Smart Home Security
Security is another aspect where IoT and home automation are key.
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. Smart locks also allow for fingerprint authentication, remote unlocking and various other access modes. Owners can lock and unlock the front door remotely, and the smart home system can immediately alert the police if a break-in occurs.
#4 – 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, voice assistants could recognize your voice and customize music preferences for each user. This will give you a personalized recommendation for your favorite music or TV show.
#5 – 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, the device could offer intervention services that allow users to communicate remotely with doctors, alert nurses when elderly people arrive home, or diagnose diseases with AI.
#6 – Increased reliance on bots
The robotics trend started with vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers. 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. (smart plug)
#7 – Green IoT – Greening the World
IoT will not only make life easier, but it will 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 and ensure 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 safer. IoT and AI are doing amazing things for smart home automation systems; the best is yet to come! As technology changes, the IoT possibilities are endless.