IoT, the new way forward, brings promises of a modern home that is leagues ahead in terms of functionality, accessibility, and convenience versus homes without. Every one of us wants our living standards to be the best, where we can have a centralized system that can control our everyday tasks with minimal intervention. The technological prowess has gone ahead to such an extent that it is not really a thing of the future anymore. It resides in the here and now. So when we move beyond smartphone apps and mobile screens and focus on our homes, there are a lot of things that we can do with the Internet of Things. The reliance on IoT generates from the deep desire in all of us to live a swanky lifestyle where robots and machines do the tasks for us. With newer gadgets developing sharper senses, the time isn’t far when they will quickly adapt to our thoughts and actions. Movie make-believe has us thinking that machines will take over the world in a couple of centuries. And quite frankly, that is no longer a fancy thought anymore.
The Need For A Smart Home
Now that we have got down to it, let us ascertain the different arenas of home decor that can be quickly modified to give us the sort of lifestyle we so dearly covet. The applications of IoT are equated with a smart home, where devices can communicate with one another to get the task done, each embedded with a chip or sensors to do the tasks effortlessly that it is meant for. In clearer terms, a smart home entails a residence with lighting, heating, television, air conditioning, entertainment systems, window shades and security systems that can be remotely controlled with the internet or mobile phone yet are capable of communicating with one another. All these systems are connected to a central hub that is in control of the homeowner. Here are a few ways in which the smart home appliances can be worked upon.
1. Measuring Home Conditions: Granted, you might be using an air conditioner to cool the home to a level that you want, after which you would like to turn it off. How often is it possible, though? Often we forget to turn off the air conditioner, which results in a lot of energy spend that ultimately reflects in your electric bills at the end of the month. A smart home system, however, has sensors to measure the temperature constantly inside the home. It communicates with the conditioner and turns it off just at the right moment when it feels that it is now at room temperature. That goes for heaters too, and other things as well such as the level of sunlight within the home. The reliance on expensive stuff such as conditioners will greatly reduce when the window blinds will close themselves when it is too hot or cold outside.
2. Management of Home Appliances: A smart home with IoT application creates the cloud service for managing your home appliances without your intervention. So any home appliances such as lamps and fans that can otherwise be controlled with a switch can now be operated with smart actuators, which provide a number of functionalities: emergency shutdown, on/off service, and so on.
3. Controlling Home Access: Specialized technology such as fingerprint scanners and face recognition software are now being increasingly inculcated in a smart home setup. The homeowner or anyone controlling the home security will be quickly alerted of anyone trying to gain access to the house. This is especially safe and secure at a time when robberies and break-ins are becoming increasingly common. So any house not employing smart home technology is immediately at a disadvantage.
4. Flexibility and Customization: We have often heard about how newer devices are built to cater to each of our tastes. So now we have shopping websites in apps, at our convenience, which you can filter through unless you find the product of your choice. These things, however, are no longer limited to apps built for consumerism. These are pretty much an intrinsic part of our home. You may set your window shades by fiddling on your smartphone, saving you the trouble of walking over to hard-to-reach windows and putting your muscles to use. Smart shades do away with cords and strings to adjust your shades, instead of communicating through sensors and adjusting them as per your demands even when they are in a different room.
Use Of IoT-Enabled Devices Like Alexa and Google Home
The voice-recognition software in many user-based apps such as Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Home follows instructions when you ask them to play a favorite pop song, ask about the weather, request to turn off the bulb in the kitchen or instruct to turn on the air conditioner, and more. This spells major comfort and convenience especially when you return home exhausted and distressed from a hard day’s work. A simple “Ok Google, dim the lights in the living room” or “Alexa, adjust the shutters to 45 degrees” voice instruction will do the job perfectly well for you. Needless to say, these devices are in huge demand, and they form an important element of home decor.
A Home With Smart Shades
We have already discussed the elements of a smart home: smart lighting, a centralized security system, and temperature sensors to lower or raise temperatures. Smart shades, like the others, form an intrinsic part of a home that relies heavily on Artificial Intelligence. There are several reasons for it.
For one, smart motorization can be applicable in a wide variety of shade styles and color options to catch the fancy of millions of homeowners. They are not limited to remote-controlled curtains or drapery any more. Over the years, multiple shades such as solar shades, vertical blinds and shutters have wooed homeowners with their charming design and slim and sleek appearances. Minimalism has become the new forte of a modern home, and shade with a textured and subtle design that runs without cords is the new order of the day.
A customized shade protects the home from extreme temperatures: preventing the escape of heat during winters and protecting hot winds from entering through the windows in summers. It protects the house against unwanted and noisy disruptions and enables privacy throughout the day. Besides, it also adds an element of design and aesthetics and lends character to a home.
Final note: Measuring home conditions and managing appliances with minimum human intervention are reasons why people invest in a smart home. It is the call of the hour, as the Internet of Things has pervaded even our personal spaces. Besides securing the home with smart locks and ensuring convenience and flexibility in operation, a smart home, through motorized shades and blinds, keeps our interiors comfortable and cozy.