Smart Home Of The Future Is Now
Smart Homes Driven By Smart Phones
So-called smart homes have been touted for decades, but only now are they really taking off, thanks to wi-fi, Bluetooth, smart phone apps, and the internet itself. There’s an avalanche of ads for home tech wireless devices every time you turn on the big screen.
Cameras, lights, thermostats, garage doors, ovens, DVRs, cable schedules, washing machines, door locks, personal assistants – the list is growing, and seems endless. All have one or two things in common: app controlled, router wi-fi and or Bluetooth connected, electronics.
For homeowners, contractors, and the service professionals who will have to tend our devices, there are numerous challenges and plenty of rewards.
Home Advisor reports that Lennar, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, will be first to incorporate the new generation of smart technology into their homes, labeled with the Wi-Fi Home Design Certification seal of approval and designed from the foundation up to take advantage of a quickly evolving technology.
Toilets Were First Wave
Toilet manufacturers like Toto were in the vanguard of establishing a market niche for app-controlled appliances. Their NeoRest line of super deluxe seats and top of the line fixtures, though considerably more expensive than conventional products, enjoy enthusiastic support from their user/owners.
This latest smart appliance smart home effort is driven entirely by the use of smart phones, the beating heart of the conversion effort. And right on schedule come reports of hacking, initially aimed at door locks and entry codes but really any device that can be remotely controlled is a potential target.
The wired versus wireless debate currently being discussed will certainly force some compromises in how extensively standards are applied, while predictions like those made by SmartBuilt Home as far back as 2013 are right on schedule. “Homes and home systems could become far more aware, adaptive, and responsive to their residents. New interfaces, for instance, will make home technology more ubiquitous, as flexible displays finally reach commercialization,” although the flexible display user interface (UI) then thought would be dominant has shifted to phone apps instead.
There are three caveats that can’t be dismissed: 1) criminals will always search for a way to circumvent security, 2) power outages are always a possibility, and 3) the internet access required to run a smart home is subject to breakdown and corruption.
For homeowners, contractors, and the service professionals who will have to tend our devices, there are numerous challenges and plenty of rewards, as technology continues to move relentlessly into every part of our daily lives.