Technological innovations have taken over almost every aspect of our lives. From industries to entertainment to living spaces, technology is revolutionizing everything. The emergence of IoT (Internet of Things) is a massive achievement for humankind as it is helping automate commercial as well as residential spaces. Today, smart living is the order of the day and technology is playing a huge role in making our lives convenient and comfortable.
Home automation is the hottest trend now. Smart and energy efficient homes are becoming increasingly popular as more people are gaining awareness of the benefits that home automation brings. The concept of home automation refers to an integrated system of household appliances connected with each other over a single digital home platform. This includes your heating, lighting, cooling, entertainment, and security systems, all of which are connected to perform as one cohesive unit.
The owner of a smart home has a centralized control on all his electrical appliances through a small smartphone or tablet. He/she can control them from anywhere and any part of the world. Now, isn't that just awfully convenient!
The home automation technology is massively transforming homes and residential spaces. Whether you want to change the temperature of your thermostat or the AC, whether you want to preheat the oven or change the brightness of the lights in your room - everything is just a click away.
The greatest advantage of home automation is increased security of homes. With smart security and surveillance devices, owners can monitor everything that goes on in their homes. Motion detectors, automated door locks, smart cameras, etc., are such devices that will help you keep your home safe and sound while you are away. In case of any mishap, these devices will send alerts on your smartphone, so, you will always remain informed. Apart from external safety threats, smart homes also keep indoor accidents at bay. For instance, you never have to worry about a house fire because the smart system will immediately detect it, activate the sprinklers and alert you about it.
A smart home is much more energy efficient than conventional homes. As all the devices are connected, you can control them through your smartphone either by voice commands or just a tap on the phone screen. Lights, fans, and AC can be set in a way that they turn on and off when you enter and leave the room respectively. Your TV and stereo system could learn your preference patterns and curate everything to your liking. Even if you leave any appliance on, while away from home, you can turn it off with just a click no matter where you are.
For couples who are both working, it becomes tough to keep a check on their children, elderly parents, or pets. With home automation, this is no longer a problem as you can see and communicate with your loved ones via camcorders and see what goes on with them throughout the day. This brings you the much-needed peace of mind as you know that your loved ones will be safe even during your absence.
Technology has further helped us develop space-savvy and smart furniture too. For instance, Ikea has a range of smart furniture that is equipped with hotspots. These hotspots allow you to charge your devices wirelessly. This is the Qi technology that is gaining popularity among reputed smartphone manufacturers. Imagine having a kitchen cabinet where you could stream music from Spotify and browse for delicious recipes. All of this is possible today, thanks to technology.
With the rapid technological advancements, new vistas are opening up every day with promises of endless possibilities.
Arindam Paul is a co-founder of Atomberg Technologies, a startup working towards creating unique energy efficient and tech savvy products. He is currently heading the Marketing and Long term strategy division at Atomberg and is aiming to disrupt the world of household appliances.
Prior to this he has experience of working as a management consultant at Cognizant. He did his undergraduate in chemical engineering from NIT Surat and MBA from IIM Indore.
Apart from this he loves reading non fiction, watching football, blogging and cooking.