Full Guide on Smart Homes
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- By Greg Brown
- Jun 05, 2023
Families in the 50s were saving pennies to afford refrigerators and dishwashers. Fully automatic washing machines and vacuums revolutionized personal hygiene. “The Automatic Household” added amazing devices such as the electric dryer and televisions. Cool-cat and Daddy-O took an amazed world into the 60s and 70s, featuring weather satellites, early gaming systems, and a trip to the moon.
Modern Smart Home technology points to 1975 and the invention of X10 from Pico Electronics as its beginning. X10 used a home’s AC wiring as a communication protocol, tying together compatible devices and control modules. Unfortunately, the process was expensive and loaded with problems. If your neighbor had an X10, they could turn your lights on and off.
Finally, the internet arrived, and new secure wireless technologies Z-Wave and Zigbee, were on the scene, unlocking an avalanche of standards and home products. Modern smart home security technologies were created with a security-first mentality. Comfort, ultimate convenience, and efficiency soon followed.
Revolutionizing the Smart Home
Battles for smart home dominance begin with personalizing a family’s need to securely monitor, control, and enjoy their home. Every technology company clamored to dominate the market. The smart home and its endless iterations are expected to be worth a staggering $582 billion by 2032, with the United States holding the lion’s share of the revenue. Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing region in the global market.
Deep learning and artificial intelligent systems will dominate markets, including the smart home.
- Apple’s HomeKit is an imaginative and innovative home control system. Adding any device, appliance, or security configuration will become second nature. HomeKit is controlled by Apple’s flagship iPad, iPhone, and Watch. Turn lights on before you arrive home, schedule the sprinklers, and know who is standing outside your front door at the push of a button. Apple’s legendary brand and HomeKit are uniquely futuristic. The platform is more convenient and stable than most of its current competitors.
Smart Home Security
Home networks are connected through the internet and encrypted wi-fi, far beyond brute force attack methods. Home security has been the topic of conversation since the internet came into being, with every company competing.
- Amazon’s Ring Network is American history’s most extensive surveillance security network. 1 in 10 police departments can access (opt-in) the civilian-controlled cameras. The Ring network has fostered a mini-industry with surveillance at the center.
- ADT Home Security has taken its considerable resources and given homeowners several stellar monitoring packages. ADT offers plenty of add-ons for consumers to customize a security system, including monitoring panels, cameras, and professional installation.
The Evolution of TV Technology in Smart Homes
No other smart home area can be considered as exciting and must-have as television. Enormous amounts of content are pumped into modern homes daily. However, consumers are demanding new ways to spend their money. Quantum Dot is the next step in video resolution, reproducing as much as 93% of nature’s visible spectrum.
Current display technologies are rapidly swallowing older, pixel-type displays. The future will merge-common home functions for convenience and one-touch comfort. Expect a smart home with virtual reality, augmented reality, and ultra-high definition displays connected throughout the home. No more need to go out for those yoga classes; have your virtual friends visit your home.
High-Tech conglomerates Samsung and others bring incredible advancements to the electronic home. Samsung sees every appliance connected by a simple, efficient app. An intelligent range starts to cook with the press of a remote button, and refrigerators give specific recipes based on preference and what is on hand. Smart laundry has arrived, and AI-enabled floor care gives the homeowner ultimate convenience with intelligent robotics.
The Evolution of Kitchen Technology in Smart Homes
Adding a virtual assistant to the smart home, especially the kitchen, will help automate tasks and create an intimate, stress-free environment. Choosing from Siri, Alexa, or many others coming down the pike will be a significant decision in creating the future of smart home security. No longer will you need to input numbers on a pad; just talk. Let your virtual assistant bring up a recipe to the screen in front of you, with a video, of course.
Smart kitchens offer the ultimate convenience and are the name of the game to transform how we live. Without worrying about inventorying a refrigerator, pantry or even opening the refrigerator door, Smart Kitchens do it all. The future looks very exciting from AI-enabled ovens, smart cookers, and coffee makers.
LG Signature is a Wi-fi enabled, Door-in-Door refrigerator, featuring voice control and InstaView. (knock on the door twice to see its contents) Sensors at the bottom of the appliance automatically open the doors, and drawers gently slide open in response. Doors and dispensers are voice-controlled, along with a custom chilled pantry. The pricey fridge features multiple temp sensors and an impressive air-flow system, all working with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
The Promising Future of AI Technologies in Smart Homes
The power of Generative AI will dominate, transform, and accelerate our lives in the coming years. Intelligent technologies will revolutionize every room in the smart home. Mattresses and pods will turn sleep into a place to truly recharge; program a sleeping pod to surround you with a field of flowers or sleep beneath the Eiffel Tower. Personal preferences deliver a blast of cold air on hot steamy nights, and AI-enabled comfort zones with intelligently engineered sleeping materials are the next wave.
AI smart home security features interconnected appliances and devices to anticipate needs and continually adjust to reduce energy usage. Google Nest touts itself as the future of a connected home with thermostats, smoke detectors, and security systems. Each whole home system continues to add functionality to sway potential homeowners.
The Advancing Prospects Ahead for Smart Homes
The global smart home market is expected to grow at over 22% each year. Every individual and company with a unique idea is clamoring for a piece of the enormous pie. From the time we wake up until our heads hit the AI-enabled pillows, our lives are going to be entirely intertwined with their smart homes.
The future is truly an exciting place, and for the most part, AI technologies are all around us and have already taken hold!