Our world is consistently changing and evolving, between artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality, we are constantly connected through technology. But what is already in place in terms of smart homes and what can we expect to see in the years to come?
What is a smart home?
According to the dictionary, “A smart home refers to a convenient home setup where appliances and devices can be automatically controlled remotely from anywhere with an internet connection using a mobile or other networked device.”
A smart home helps you manage your home via the internet with multiple applications. You can control the temperature of the room you are in, play some music, lock your doors, control lighting or switch appliances on and off. Many of our appliances may already be using smart control like our fridge, heating system, oven, or television. For example, having to manually switch a radiator on will soon become history.
Controlling your smart home is as simple as 123. Sometimes all you need is a smartphone and to set up your preferences/choices through an app but sometimes the wireless system will learn your routine and adapt to your needs such as climate control or smart lighting.
What will smart homes look like in the future?
Although we have seen a significant rise in making our homes smarter and the benefits become apparent, there are still many ways we can improve how we interact with them. Creating a more user-friendly system is important to reach every demographic, especially the elderly. It is also essential to make smart devices more affordable for everyone.
In the future, we can expect a significant rise in smart systems within the healthcare sector such as virtual appointments or personalised data that would facilitate the treatment of patients.
However, the Internet Of Things comes with challenges as many criticised the lack of privacy and security with data breaches and hacking issues for example.
By 2050, with the rise in population, we could see a total reshape of our cities with the introduction of mega-urban cities. Driverless cars, virtual classes, smart mirrors that assess your health, smart toothbrushes that tell you if you need a filling, just a few examples of projects currently being developed all around the world. We are now looking into technology that would keep us happy and healthy but also optimise the way we interact with our homes.