A Super Smart House
How Smart Tech is Becoming the Norm in Our Homes
How Smart Tech is Becoming the Norm in Our Homes
At Clever Software Group, we are fascinated with the latest and greatest tech. Whether that be the release of the next flagship smartphone or an incredible piece of software that aids the healthcare industry. We are living in an epic digital doom at the moment and it comes as no surprise that smart tech is creeping into our home and domestic lives.
It is not widely known, but the first smart home device was actually devised in the late 1960s. The ECHO IV was an innovative piece of technology that allowed a user to implement shopping lists, turn kitchen appliances on and off and even control the temperature of their home. Although this is something we see in regular use and advertisement circulation now, it would’ve been a ground breaking invention at a time when a lot of upheaval and rebranding of society’s expectations was taking place. Unfortunately this clever piece of software development never took off and it wasn’t until the 1990s that super smart home technology would be revisited in full.
In the past 20 years, smart home devices have become more affordable and therefore fashionable, appearing in more and more homes each and every day. Spurred by the convenience of next day delivery and the Internet of Things.
In this blog post, we will explore what the future of super smart house tech will look like and how to find the right smart home devices for you.
It is arguably natural progression that our homes will become filled and ultimately powered by smart devices. Electric replaced gas, which was the next step on from candles; so in this respect, super smart devices will start to replace every day items we use around the house. Homes will continue to evolve as technology carries on advancing. Smart connected homes are simply the next evolutionary stage of our domestic home lives. How we interact with said smart devices will also alter as time goes by.
In some sense, we will begin to lose tangible, physical interaction with our homes. Who knew you could get sentimental about not flicking on a light switch. The key is not to lose touch with the environments we have built around as, as our households continue to become emersed with tech. Our homes are safe, comfortable spaces for us to retreat to; smart tech should only enhance that feeling and not make us feel like strangers in our safe spaces.
However, super smart tech is creating safer, more secure environments for us to inhabit, allowing a bigger sense of ease in our surroundings. For example, the Ring Doorbell is devised of a piece of software development that allows you to view a real time video of who’s at your front door. You have access to this footage from any location or device and have the ability to speak to and hear whoever is stood at your doorstep.
Originally invented to help prevent and reduce crime in residential areas, the Ring Doorbell aids those who may have more vulnerable family members. For instance, some users have utilized the video software to alert them if a loved one suffering with dementia has left their home, allowing a sense of safe guarding. Super smart homes are beginning to keep those nearest and dearest to us safe and sound, when we can’t be there to watch over them.
The choice of smart devices you can fill your home with is rapidly growing, adding more convenience to your daily living. Cumbersome tasks such as hoovering the house can become a more enjoyable event, as you don’t have to dread doing it when you get home, or spending your weekend tripping over hoover cables. The Roomba vacuum cleaner has got your covered. This neat piece of tech allows you to map out your home and use an app to tell your little robot hoover which areas of your house need cleaning. Who knew cleaning could be that easy!
Filling your home with smart tech in replacement of physical objects can seem overwhelming and somewhat unnecessary. However, we carry a smart device around in our pocket all day every day, so what is the difference in having smart tech in our homes?
Having a super smart house doesn’t mean replacing every single item in your house for ones that can be controlled by your phone. It is about creating a home environment that works with and for you, allowing elements of your daily routine to be carried out with more ease. We are living in a very connected world, but what does a connected home look like for you? The possibilities of smart devices you can have in your home are pretty much endless. There’s a smart device for everything now. From controlling the temperature of your house, to kettles and ovens you can activate from your phone or lights that can change into a million different hues, you could overload your house with smart tech.
The sheer variety of smart products on the market can become very confusing. As technology and software continue to develop and evolve at a rapid place, new smart tech will continue to be released and updated at an even quicker pace. With Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant being the two most popular smart assistants on the market, they will work with majority of smart home devices available for you to purchase. The Amazon Alexa interacts with over 60,000 devices and the Google Assistant can connect with around 30,000. This just shows you the vast scale of the smart home tech market; it is only set to grow even bigger.
However, make sure you do your research before investing into one specific smart home range. You want to be certain it’s the right choice for you. You want to enjoy the interaction you have with your super smart home devices and have a good user experience. Otherwise interactions may become labor intensive and joyless, making what should be effortless tasks become menial.
Once portrayed as being commodities of the super-rich and wealthy, smart tech devices and in turn, smart homes, are becoming more accessible to the everyday market and a more common occurrence within society.
The smart device market is now worth an estimated $207bn, which is only set to increase by 13.5% by 2027. This shift in the market has been massively influenced by smartphones and tablets, which has ultimately led to the creation of the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is software development which interconnects products and objects via digital networks and platforms. Essentially our homes are becoming connected via the IoT. It is expected that in the next 10 years that we will become completely immersed by the IoT, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
AI, smart software and tech have already impacted our lives in more ways than we could ever have imagined; these elements are set to continue trailing into our home and domestic lives. AI platforms and smart tech will essentially act as the brain and nervous system of our homes, with software systems keeping tabs on our habits and schedules, to create optimal environments for us to inhabit in an unintrusive way, so that we don’t even know it is taking place.
Smart tech and devices can seem a little daunting and scary to begin with, but once you start to realize the benefits these products have to offer, they can add so much more reassurance to your life. In respect of this, super smart homes will also pave the way to a greener, more efficient future and allow us to feel more safe and secure in the comfort of your homes.
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