The world is getting smaller and more connected through technology. It has entered every sphere of our lives where it is now becoming increasingly difficult to live without it. Our reliance on others has reduced, and many people rely on the likes of headsets, smartphones, laptops and apps to entertain themselves. So you have food apps where you can get dinner delivered, apps for cab rides at discount prices and a smart home setup where you don’t need to do stuff manually or get someone else to do it. This is the era of the Internet of Things, or IoT, as it is better called. There is no turning back from this technology. Because sooner or later, we shall be part of a home that senses things and delivers things to us even without being asked for it. Quite the new phase and era of technology, isn’t it? Let us explore below why smart home technology and IoT has pervaded the market, and it is only a matter of time before the big dream of seeing it inculcated in every home across the home is realized.
Smart Home Devices and the Internet of Things
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are changing every sphere of every industry, and their application is transforming the lives of individuals and corporates at breakneck speed. Interaction with other people in real-time over thousands of miles apart, the technology is now being inculcated through the Internet of Things, which refers to everyday gadgets as well as regular stuff now sharing data among one another and having sensors, enabling them to communicate with one another in real-time. Now you don’t have things to rely on a computer screen to function or operate them. Two devices, however, every day or trivial they may seem, can have a built-in system where they function while being seemingly disconnected.
A few examples of the Internet of Things are as follows:
1. Turning on a light bulb or a pendant using your smartphone.
2. A child’s toy being moved about with a motion sensor.
3. Auto-adjustment of your window blinds.
4. A secure home that alerts you every time there is a trespasser.
5. Smart home assistants to communicate with you (Alexa, Siri, etc.)
6. Fitness trackers to track your daily health reports
Why We Need IoT in a Smart Home
With comfort and convenience as a priority, IoT has changed the way we go on about our daily tasks. A home with IoT-enabled devices will go quite well with your daily routine. Here are a few reasons why you need IoT in a smart home.
1. Enhanced Communication: The Internet of Things enables solid communication between two devices, ensuring that they stay connected with minimum disruptions unless it is affected by human interference.
2. Automation and Control: The wireless infrastructure enables the physical objects to connect and control digitally and centrally with a wireless infrastructure. When there is no human intervention, there is faster communication and timely output.
3. Enhanced Knowledge: The internet is a ceaseless repository of knowledge, and it works wonders when the information is passed through to us with smart apps such as Siri, Alexa and Google Home. Also, when information is presented to us in such a way, we can make better decisions. Remember that knowledge is power, and the easier it is available, the better it is for us.
4. Monitoring and Sensing: This feature of IoT-enabled devices keeps our homes secure and safe from external influences. A smart lock system notifies us whenever anyone lands foot on our property, and it sends off an alarm in case someone tries to break in. A motorized shade can shut itself when the weather outside becomes too hot for comfort, and automatically adjust to let in more sunlight when it is pleasantly sunny and bright outside.
5. Convenience and Efficiency: As already said before, the aim of technology is to reduce the burden on you in taking care of everyday tasks, thus saving time. This time could be then used in focusing on more productive tasks and making lives simpler. Why would you need to turn on the light when Alexa can do that for you? Why lower the blinds manually when Google Home can adjust them accordingly at a level you desire? The Internet of Things enables you to control the functioning of your home even while you are sitting in a corner of the house, working on that presentation or talking to a loved one overcall.
6. Hope For a Better Future: A future where AI-enabled robots will start doing the menial everyday tasks isn’t a far-fetched idea anymore. There are many intelligent robots already out there, and it is only a matter of time when they will be common household items. Thanks to Siri and Alexa, we have made tremendous progress with the initial stages of Artificial Intelligence.
IoT in Window Treatments
Window shades have evolved over the years to a large extent. For decades and centuries, we had shades that could be adjusted manually, by the use of a hard or an adjustment from one side to the other, as in the case of drapery and curtains. Only this decade have we had a revolution in window decor with newer blinds and shades that have pervaded the market. The bulkiness of drapery is now replaced with the sleekness of honeycomb shades, the minimalism of aluminum blinds, and the functionality and practicality of solar shades and shutters. Now we have shades for every season, with their multiple properties and takeaways that could charm even the most apprehensive of buyers.
So we have solar shades, especially used for summers where protecting oneself from heat and the brightening glare of the sun becomes top priority of most people. Aluminum shades are built from a sturdy material that can last for you a long time to come with their durability, strength and blackout properties. Honeycomb shades, meanwhile have a peculiar textured design with pockets inside to trap heat, air and light and sound from passing through. In a modern decor setting, these shades are an ideal addition. However, in a modern home where IoT has pervaded every sphere and every product, from bulbs and locks to television and the music system, why should your blinds and shades be oblivious to this technology?
Thanks to the Z-Wave technology, now we have window treatments that can simply be operated by a smartphone from one corner of the house. You can not only control one shade in your room but also open, shut and adjust multiple shades at the same time in different window treatments. You just need to download the required app in your phone and let your fingers do the talking. Adjust every shade to the level you desire and schedule their movement at different times of the day. This can allow you to focus on the task at hand without being bothered by the weather outside that has suddenly changed for the worse.
Final note: IoT is no longer a thing of the future. It has entered our homes, and we can now operate the most basic of our everyday things without laying a finger on them. IoT keeps our homes safe through a centralized locking system, plays music for us through Siri or Alexa, as well as adjusts the blinds and shades in our homes through smartphones.