Every homeowner will agree to the fact that it takes a lot of time to take care of their house and handle every little matter. Have you ever imagined how it would be if your house suddenly takes care of you? Well, that is what you can dream of when you plan to build a ‘smart home’. While there are no such AI homes which can do everything on your behalf, we’re definitely getting closer to it day by day.
According to research from the firm Gartner, almost every day there is an average of 5.6 million ‘smart home’ devices which are connected to homes throughout the world. It even predicts that there are high chances of 6.5 billion devices connected by the Internet of Things by the end of 2016 and 20.9 billion devices connected with each other by the end of 2020. Hence, let’s take a look at some gadgets which can make your home smarter in the near future.
#1: AI and smart home tech can let you sleep better
Off late there is an outbreak of gadgets which can monitor your sleep and also help improve it and you will be rather alarmed to know that the market for all such gadgets is going to exceed $125 million by the end of 2017. Sense, priced at $129 is a small orb which can be kept in your room to monitor the light, noise, humidity, temperature and also wake you up at the best part of your sleep cycle. Even more, it can inform you through an Apple app how much sleep you got and whether there’s something that disturbed your sleep. Some other gadgets are SleepRate ($100) which has a wearable sensor for your heart and Beddit ($149) which tracks your breathing and heart rate.
#2: A smart lock to protect and safeguard your smart home
In case you’ve got a connected car, you may be already using a remote to unlock your car doors without touching the key. With the latest AI technology, cars are armed with Internet of Things technology through which you can unlock your car door when both your hands are full of groceries. There is a similar concept working for IoT homes as you can remotely unlock and lock your doors. Smart locks are connected via bluetooth. There is a smartphone app called Kevo which can help you program home locks in such a way that only your family members can unlock the door. Once your guests and family have downloaded this app, they get temporary access to your home and keys.
#3: A bright idea to light up your homes during dark
There must have been many times when you’ve come home later than what you expected. As its dark outside, you must not have left the lights on in your home. Once you open the door, you might have to struggle to reach the wall for the switch. Don’t you think it would be easier for you to tap an app installed in your phone and turn on all the lights in your home? Did you know that bulb makers nowadays sell bulbs which can be connected to the entire part of your smart home? You just require remotes to turn off the bulbs and lights in your home. The lights can be dimmed which means you can opt for soft light at night.
One of the biggest obstacles to an appropriate smart home is that most of the gadgets can only be connected with gadgets of the same company. This is why smart home hubs will soon gain importance. Make sure you do your bit of research on what gadgets will connect to and won’t connect to before you invest in one.