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Dealing With Smart Homes & Smart Appliances

Mousumi Ghosh | September 21st, 2019 . 11:38 am






Introduction to Smart Homes & IoT:

With the innovation of the latest technology and newer gadgets, everything around us is just getting smarter day by day. With the advent of home automation, electricity bill gets remarkably reduced and our life gets easier at the same time. Earlier smart home technology was treated as a luxury, but as the use of smartphones and computers became more common in every household, home automation got a more affordable and smart choice.

The term Smart Home refers to modern homes having home appliances, lighting, heating, and other electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by the owner via a smartphone app or computer. And when this Home Automation or Smart Home technology gets combined with Internet-of-Things or IoT, the home appliances of our home can be controlled, analysed and supervised remotely over the internet from any part of the world.

Advantages of Smart Home Appliances:

There are a lot of advantages of home automation or smart homes. Some of them are;

1. Convenience-

The fact of controlling and supervising each & every home appliances with the touch of our fingertips is very convenient. We always carry smartphones with us. With the help of smart home appliances using IoT, we can monitor our home from anywhere in the world. The old people of our home can also use their smartphones to turn on the light of a room on the fourth floor while sitting on the couch of their bedrooms on the second floor.

2. Safety-

Using home appliances using IOT can provide the extra security and safety to our homes. We can monitor and control and turn off and on our home appliances when required. If there is any case of short circuit, or fire the smart home technology can take necessary steps to combat the situation and also can inform the owner to his/her smartphone over the internet.

3. Security-

Home automation using the Internet of Things can give the required security to us. We can close all the doors of our house using these smart appliances through our smartphones and smart locks. We can also monitor whoever is going to enter our house, even when we are out of our home using smart cams. Even we can turn off the washing machine, control our induction oven or micro oven, control the temperature of the Air Conditioner, etc. using smartphones.

4. Time Saving-

Smart homes with smart appliances can save a lot of our time. Even if during the office time, someone forgets to turn off the lights, fans or to close the door of the terrace, he can do so while sitting in the car to the way to his office. Thus using IoT in home appliances can save a lot of our time.

5. Reduce Electricity Bill-

Smart home technology can help us turn off or on home appliances according to our requirements through our smartphones. This way we can cut down our electricity bill as we can use home appliances during a specified required time and not the whole day. Smart lights can also adjust their brightness by detecting the presence or absence of people in the room. Thus this is the biggest advantage of using smart homes and IOT indeed.

Latest Technology & Innovations in the Field of Smart Home Appliances:

Earlier, smart home technologies were only used as a luxury and for fun purposes. But after the drastic innovations of 2018 in the field of smart homes, they can serve a lot of important, practical and serious substantial requirements of our homes. Smart homes are not only used for playing music or calling your friend but also can be used to serve security to your home when you are out of town. There are several smart home devices in 2019.

a) Amazon Alexa-

Alexa is definitely a noteworthy name when we are discussing smart home ecosystems. Amazon Alexa is having more than several 20,000 third-party integrations on itself.

b) Google Assistant-

Google is the most used search engine in the last few years. And Google Assistant is using the major space of search engine to complete several tasks as a smart home ecosystem. Google Assistant is often included in smartphones using Android. A study of Research from ‘Dentsu Digital Agency 360i’ claimed Google assistant performs several tasks better than Alexa inspired by having less third party integrations.

c) Samsung Smart Things Hub-

Samsung’s Smart Things Hub can unite a variety of smart devices from a variety of brands through the Smart Things IOS or Android app. Samsung Smart Things Hub just got increased potentially with the addition of Wi-Fi plug, Smart Things Light bulb  and Samsung Smart Cam.

There are several smart home devices available in the market like Amazon Echo, Net Gear Arlo Q, Eco vacs Deebot N79S, Ecobee4, TP-Link HS200, etc.

Future Perspective of Smart Home Appliances:

Smart Devices and Smart Homes are becoming more common day by day. “By the year 2020, the number of devices connected through the internet worldwide is expected to reach 31 billion” – as per a report from Statista.

Smart Devices and Smart Homes are becoming more common day by day. “By the year 2020, the number of devices connected through the internet worldwide is expected to reach 31 billion” – as per a report from Statista.

Now, by using IoT, several devices can be connected and communicated with people. “The global smart home market is forecast to reach a value of more than $53 Billion by 2022”- said a report from Zion Market Research. In 1939, the article “The Electric Home of the Future” was published. This discussed the use of remotely connected devices. In the future, along with more compact connecting and controlling home appliances, the positioning of indoor appliances is going to play a vital role. Bill Gates, in his book ‘The Road Ahead’, wrote that” First thing, as you come in, you will be presented with an electronic pin to clip to your clothes. This pin will connect you to the electronic services of the house. This electronic pin will use the information to try to meet and even anticipate your needs- all as unobtrusively as possible.” By this, we can get an idea of the implementations and future perspectives of smart home technology. Smart home technology is often being used in Hospitals, Shopping Malls, Parking spaces, etc. A study by ‘Gartner’ reveals that a modern family home will consist of around 500 smart home devices by the year 2022.

Thus, it can be concluded that in the future, more smart home adaptations are going to place all over the world and it is going to provide us more efficient, cost-effective and secured smart homes and smart home appliances.

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