10 years ago, there was hype about data communication and Internet proliferation. However, in the coming years, the global economy will thrive upon digitization. We are already using smart devices and now AI-based devices are making our homes smart homes.
The demand for smart home appliances is increasing largely. Sandler Research says between 2016 and 2020, the market for smart appliances is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23.48 per cent.
It all started with Siri, the voice-controlled AI system that iPhone owners could carry with themselves. Then came Cortana by Microsoft followed by Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo which is dominating the smart box market now. It seems like every other household in the USA has a voice-controlled speaker somewhere sitting in their house. But this isn’t it, the smart devices that make smart homes have come a long way.
IoT is a key focus area of digital transformation in the electronics and home appliances industry. Through the smarts devices connected within the IoT platform, people can interact, collect, and analyze data for automating operations at home. In fact, IoT is making our lives at home a lot easier.
Gadgets such as Google Home and Amazon Echo connect different devices via IoT using voice command. The role of AI in home automation is not just restricted to convenience, its application in energy efficiency and home security is ripping for disruption.
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Saving energy is not just good for your pocket but this planet as well. Due to climate changes and global energy challenges, energy efficiency has become a hot topic.
We certainly check the energy efficiency of an appliance when buying it because it helps us save money just like Cox deals. What about the times when the appliance is not in use and it’s still draining energy at home? This phenomenon is known as the Phantom load. AI-powered home automation can reduce not just energy consumption but carbon footprint. This is possible by the use of smart plugs, smart thermostats, and lighting sensors.
That means if you forget to switch off the lights in your room, you don’t have to go upstairs. Your AI home automation system will take care of everything.
All Facebook users must know that Facebook uses AI for facial recognition in its photo-tagging feature. With the very same facial recognition algorithm, you can build a catalogue for the people you know and those who visit your home often. You will be letting your home security system know who is accepted in the house and who is not. You will then experience a reduction in false alarms.
AI-based security systems are mostly self-monitored. They are coupled with security cameras, motion detectors, and sensors that can easily access a break-in or call for emergency services on your behalf. This has eliminated the need for human monitoring.
The AI-driven home automation systems are offering peace of mind to homeowners. They can take care of their home security, add convenience to your lifestyle and save energy. No wonder lots of homeowners have started to accept the initial cost of investment. It may be expensive to set up but this intelligence system is making our lives easier than we could ever imagine.
In smart homes, your bathroom mirror could show you much more than your reflection. When it comes to smart homes trends, bathrooms were left out. But not anymore. Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet makes a perfect example. It is a toilet that cleans after itself.
And you don’t need Alexa to command it. To make your bathroom even smarter, Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi has launched a mirror that includes Google Assistant. It provides you with weather updates, information about beauty products, or let you use it as a nightlight in your bathroom.
You can expect more integrations for the bathroom in the coming future. A shower that lets you set the right temperature and water pressure with your voice and so much more. The smart devices are evolving just like TeamViewer is evolving its IoT features for better connectivity, team collaboration, and support.
Our Homes Are Becoming Our Personal Caretaker
Smart homes are freeing decision making for us. Imagine waking up in the morning and your alarm goes off on its own. Want to search for new music on Spotify and the music you like is on your weekly list suggestion already. Interestingly, you didn’t have to do any of that. You didn’t have to set the alarm and you didn’t have to search for the song. It’s the cloud that is watching over you and simplifying your life for you.
Similarly, you don’t have to worry about cleaning. Your home robot will clean after you leave for work and vacuum the house in your absence. This and so much more will happen when we actually start using AI-based smart devices in our homes.
Options to make our homes smarter are continuing to grow. You can even interconnect more than one device to create a customized smart home experience.
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