Smart homes are already here. Many urban people already do a lot of things by just talking to their handheld or intelligent gadgets. From turning lights off and on to telling your Google Assistant to book an Uber, you and many of us already live in a smart world. This whole lot of smart home gadgets couldn’t be possible without the holy nexus of mobile apps, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
While apps built by mobile app development companies are ubiquitous and have penetrated all spheres of our life, AI is making interactions smarter by incorporating human reasoning and efficiency into the machine, and IoT with the help of these two is making life easier and merrier with a connected reality. So, this holy trinity of technologies seems to take control of our lives in more ways than one.
Let us explain some of the critical ways the combination of these technologies, makes our home smarter and safer.
The Evolution of Homes from Wired to Wireless
Thanks to the connected ecosystem, our homes are increasingly switching from wires to wireless connectivity. The emergence of an array of powerful and advanced sensors and internet-ready home gadgets has played a significant role in making this wireless connectivity a reality inside our homes.
Since our old homes built with thick stone walls or with other connectivity issues create problems for the sensors to receive signals, new connectivity technologies like mesh-connected radio signals have emerged to ensure easy transmission and reception of signals. Mesh controllers like ZigBee or Z-Wave have become hugely popular because of the unparalleled ability to connect, but these technologies are also helping the connected ecosystem draw less power.
Smart Energy Management
While our lives are increasingly being infested with devices and gadgets of all types, efficient use of energy has emerged as a contentious aspect. Saving energy has become a crucial aspect not just for saving costs but also for reducing adverse impacts on the climate and its corresponding impact on the global environment. When buying gadgets, it has become a common consumer concern to check the energy efficiency, and a vast majority of home appliances are after proving their offerings as energy efficient.
The emergence of AI-powered energy-saving features of devices now focuses on reducing the usage by turning the system automatically off when it is not in use or creating various energy profiles based on the usage patterns and accordingly choosing the best energy profile to save energy and cause low carbon footprint. From smart thermostats and smart refrigerators to smart lighting systems, AI is helping all connected gadgets to become more energy-efficient than ever before.
The effect of such smart energy-efficient automated systems can be huge in our pocket and our collective energy consumption efforts around the world. When you go out of your home, the AI-powered system can take care of every turned-on device and gadget.
The Connected Heating
The old heating systems in recent years also went through a significant evolution. Presently, several energy meters and connected heating systems are being used in modern homes. The new and connected heating systems contributed hugely to the decrease in accidents and uneven heating, causing inconveniences. Smarter-connected heating systems helped homes to enjoy more efficient heating while reducing electricity costs.
Now connected smart heating systems connected with your computer can turn themselves on when you are on the way home. Such smart, responsive interactions with connected gadgets at home are the latest benefit that smart home automation is allowing.
AI-Based Connected Surveillance
One of the significant advancements that occurred with home automation is experienced through connected surveillance systems. Smart home surveillance systems are now appearing with the power of artificial intelligence (AI). AI-powered connected surveillance systems are increasingly getting popular all over the world, and it is being used in the vast majority of developed and developing countries.
Thanks to AI-powered surveillance systems, people in an urban setting not only can stay informed about the safety and security of their homes round the clock, but such systems also take care of all the proactive responses and actions needed for security when the homeowner is not at home. For example, over time, an AI-powered security system can recognize the usual faces and course of events in a premise and can only detect threats based on irregularities. This simplifies security and surveillance tasks.
More Power to the AI-Based Personal Assistants
Smart personal assistant solutions such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are already famous and are being used in modern homes. We command them to operate our other connected gadgets back home, play music tracks, read-aloud news articles, give the latest weather information, come with the most updated internet answers to our queries and even book an Uber ride. These personal assistant solutions are playing a central role in making our homes smarter and more convenient.
The future of smart homes utilizing three different technologies such as AI and Machine Learning, mobile apps, and a connected IoT device ecosystem will find these intelligent personal assistants as the connecting midpoint. As AI and Machine Learning technologies are increasingly becoming powerful, they will be more equipped to adapt to human needs, contexts, and goals. They can emerge as the external decision-making circuit outside our human brains and can help to bring automation into many interactions and activities.
From the examples mentioned above, it is quite evident that the future belongs to the smart and connected ecosystem of mobile apps, AI, and IoT gadgets to make our homes smarter, safer, and more convenient places to live in.