It’s 6:30 AM, and your smart alarm beeps. It scans your calendar and knows your schedule, and thus wakes you up at the most efficient time. By the time you reach the bathroom, the shower is running at your preferred temperature, and as you brush your teeth, the smart toothbrush scans them and schedules a dentist appointment if needed. The car is charged from the solar panel at the rooftop and drives you automatically to the destination while you check your emails. As you get home, a drone delivers you a warm dinner, which you had ordered on the way back. Welcome to the future of technology. Today we explore all the possibilities that a smart home would possess and the challenges attached to it.
In 2020 there are an estimated 31 billion devices connected to the Internet, which would reach 75 billion by 2025. So what exactly is a smart home? A smart home’s dictionary definition is a home equipped with devices controlled remotely by a computer or a smartphone.
Imagine energy devices that would automatically switch on in the room or climate control devices that keep temperature-controlled in the house and tell you the weather forecast for the day.
Are you still using a key to lock the house? Locks of the smart home would recognize your face or fingerprints. Your cameras would monitor any intruder or any abnormal activity, and the artificial intelligence would alert you and the emergency services. It would offer the machines that would lend a helping hand in the daily chores like cleaning, cooking, washing, and many more. For example, a smart robot that will follow all your instructions and even cooks for you and cleans up later. A smart home would look after you and your health. There would be technology to sense that you are out of stock of the medicines you require and order them to the nearest pharmacy.
It would alert you of any electric issue or a water leakage issue so that you can fix it up. Ultimately, the intelligent machines will make a home smart with proper data collection, analysis, and interpretation. All these billions of devices would need cloud services where the persistent data storage takes place as a Google Cloud, AWS, or Azure will be the key.
A range of developments will drive smart homes beyond what’s available on store shelves today. Innovations in artificial intelligence will be the key.
Here Are The Ways Homes Will Look Completely Different
Switches Will Vanish
The future will be of invisible technology. Sensor-guided machines will replace the switches. Alexa will not lower or turn off your lights, and intelligent assistants will replace it with voice recognition, where the AI-driven assistant would light up the room before you enter according to your mood.
There will be biometric devices that would acknowledge your presence and act according to your behavior and emotions. There would be face recognition, which will be private and personalized as per your comfort.
Robots On Call
The household chores will be the responsibility of these artificial agents or robots. They will be your assistant for the daily routine work and even your chefs.
Automate The Food Preparation
It will no longer be about the cooker whistles and the chopping stations. Kitchens will be robotics and automate the preparation of food. Instructions that would be predefined in the system will fasten the entire process.
Next Level Toilets
You heard it right; the toilets will be capable of analyzing the body waste before flushing and alert for any medical issues. They would analyze your sugar levels to hydration levels and alert for necessary tests for health purposes.
Homes will become very energy efficient with solar panels, green architecture, and eco-friendly building materials. This would also be a step to keep the environment green and safe.
Disaster Management Rooms
With the increase in natural disasters, homes will have safe spaces to handle extreme weather or even a bomb blast. There will be proper fire management, and this disaster management would come in handy in times of trouble.
Alexa And Siri Are Just The Beginning
Devices like Alexa, Siri, Google Home, etc., as some integrated sound devices are used even now. They will be replaced by artificial intelligence infused assistants who would analyze your requirements and not wait for your instructions.
With the growing technology, there would also come security threats. Keys will be the old-school thing. Security setups will use Artificial Intelligence to detect any abnormal activity and alert emergency services.
Selecting the clothes will be more comfortable when your wardrobe would suggest the outfit as per your schedule. You will have a smart mirror where you could see yourself virtually dressed up and select your final set of clothes for the day.
Owner’s Data Sharing By Devices
It will not be some magic when your fridge would order the food items required or the medicine cabinet would call the pharmacy to deliver the medicines needed. Smart devices will help companies build and deal with such products to come up with new ideas.
The devices will customize everything from temperature control to volume control, security alerts to medical alerts as per your needs. The assistant will specifically work for you and your home.
Smart homes provide the best of convenience and luxury and have particular challenges and roadblocks attached to them. Our biggest challenge will be connectivity, as approximately 75 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2025. The reliability of the Internet and over-dependence on the network will be a concern. There may not be immediate acceptability to the smart devices. There will be doubts and criticism, but smart homes will be a global trend for years and decades to come and will surely make the world a better place to live.