Will Home Automation System Ever Rule the World?
The concept of smart home automation system looks like some sci-fi dream come true. The thought of opening doors and windows, controlling lights and fans and other electrical equipment via your smartphone or voice commands was just a fantasy that was fun to imagine, but now it is our reality.
Once thought to be gimmicks and created only by using special production techniques and CGI is now very much integrated in our daily lives. And with the introduction of Artificial Intelligence which was just an academia a few years back, the potential of smart home automation systems is now endless!
Smart phones and smart appliances transformed from theory into reality a few years ago with the boom of the mobile industry which was due to access to high speed wireless communication to most of the word population, improvement in wireless networks and successful marketing campaigns targeting the millennials and technology enthusiasts.
Soon other smart appliances like smart fridges, smart hue lights, smart fans and smart everything started to appear on the market.
The initial hurdle faced by smart home automation systems were that they weren’t cheap. They came at a very steep price which made them not a commodity of utility but a luxury piece. It was flaunted by expensive hotels and wealthy families and was almost inaccessible to the general public.
But with time and new innovation, the prices of smartphones and smart appliances went down and the consumption of these commodities skyrocketed. And this probably gave birth to accessible and affordable smart home automation systems.
A market study by Zion shows that the smart home automation industry will reach $53.45 billion by 2022. The trend was also corroborated by a study conducted on consumers stating that most wanted preinstalled smart home automation systems in their new houses.
This trend also became popular in India with several manufacturers jumping in on the smart home automation bandwagon.
The introduction of voice assistants like Hey Google, Siri, Bixby, Alexa first in in our smartphones and then as home devices provided a much-needed boost to this industry as soon smart home automation was no long a luxury. The sales numbers of these appliances on Amazon and Flipkart also support this trend.
Slowly and steadily smart home automation system is becoming in-separable from our daily lives. Though our homes may not be Zarvis, the AI home automation system in Mark Zuckerberg’s house (the CEO of Facebook) but they are becoming smarter every day.
Human’s thirst for innovation have always driven this society towards more advanced technology and after a period of time it replaces the old technologies making them obsolete and thus becomes the new normal.
So, then the question that arises here is, will smart home automation ever rule the world?
Let us try to answer this question by looking some key points:
- Benefits of smart home automation
- Cons of smart home automation
- Future prospect
Smart home automation systems have revolutionized the way we interact with our home. It has no doubt made our lives easier than ever. And with the integration of artificial intelligence, each smart home is now more customizable than ever.
Smart home automation lets us integrate our smart TVs, smart fridges, alarm systems, thermostat, lighting etc. all into one single module.
We can control this either using our voice commands or by using a smart switch which lets us control all this using one app.
And with the power of AI, these systems now recognize your daily sleeping, eating, reading, work etc. patterns and can automatically customize your experience according to that.
For example, if you go to bed at 10:00pm then it will start dimming your lightings from 9:30 pm onwards and changing the room temperature to a more comfortable so that you can get a good night’s sleep.
It recognizes when you leave for work and before you leave, it reminds you of all your important meetings and assignments of the day, notifies you of the forecasted weather, gives you information about the least congested route to your office based on collected traffic data and automatically switch off any lights or fans or other electrical appliances if you have left them on by mistake.
It will also recognize certain members of the family and customize the experience for each of them, for example access to a certain door. Thus, the integration of AI with home automation system will allow the software to anticipate the user’s daily patterns and take actions on itself based on the probable next move of the user.
Smart home automation systems can enhance the overall security of your home as it integrated everything from motion sensors to smoke detectors to smart motion sensing lights and even facial recognition pattern from CCTV footage by syncing with government databases. As most of the members of a family nowadays stay outside, any attempt of breach and the system will automatically notify the concerned emergency authorities.
A smart home automation system with the integration of AI will be able to automatically do home maintenance without any manual input. If any appliance is not working or if there is any malfunction it will notify the user and thus can call the company for maintenance purposes.
It can also help you to set certain appointments by calling services using the numbers available on the internet. It can also prepare the house before you arrive home either after work or after a vacation. And with the use of smart switchboards integrated with such systems, you can easily control your electrical appliances with just a dedicated app from anywhere in the world.
Not to mention that these systems are easy to use, extremely bang for the back and reduce our annual energy conservation significantly. Thus, smart home automation systems enable us to do less work more efficiently.
And in the future, there will be more seamless integration between these devices so that they can gather data from each other and work in a harmony. We can find new use like appliance diagnostics, energy conservation which can prevent major disasters due to appliance malfunctioning. It will be one giant hub of data!
But not everything is sugar coated in life. Smart home automation has certain concerns which need to be addressed and have action taken on.
With smart home automation not only, we are sharing our digital data but our physical data as well. Using such data companies will be able to target specific ads to us and though this might be helpful but sometimes this is just a nuisance. The threat of data breach can expose very important credentials which can jeopardize our privacy and security.
It will then also become a matter of ethical issue if government authorities can use these data to spy on us. The potential of such systems to get hacked is also there.
These are some issues which needs to be addressed but presently they are still either in trial phases or in debate.
The future prospect of home automation systems is very bright. Following the recent trend, the boost in home automation system is in sight and clear.
As technologies improve in the future, wireless services improve, connectivity issues improve, internet speed improves, Bluetooth signal distance improves etc. the sales in smart home automation systems will increase.
Soon we will be able to give personalized suggestions based on data collected from the user and his surroundings.
For example, by analyzing the ingredients in his fridge, the system will be able to predict macros, recipes and the freshness of the ingredients. It will be able to prepare certain appliances automatically before any work. Compatibility across all the platforms and brands will increase so whether you choose product A or B, you are able to perform almost all the same tasks.
Smart home automation systems will soon be able to act during natural calamities by shutting down doors and windows during a storm or prevent houses from shaking during an earthquake, monitor the health of the occupants and during any case of medical emergency contact the ambulance.
The improvement in voice recognition means that more languages and dialects will be supported with lesser error of margins. The potential is unlimited!
To answer the question whether smart home automation system will dominate the future the answer is YES! But not the immediate future.
A lot of features are in trial phases and will take years before it becomes available to the general masses but you can still make your home smart by getting yourself home automation hubs like Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Homepod and not to forget Living Things Aircon for your AC Automation needs.
You can then control your AC from anywhere using a dedicated app which you can download on your smartphone.
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