What is a Smart Home and what makes a home smart in 2022? A primer.

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Technology appears to take over much of our everyday routines, covering education, healthcare and, more lately, home management. It sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Everything in your home, a touch on your smartphone away! Well, it’s the age of tech and most of us will have to automate our home down the road one way or another. However, it’s a topic that can cover a wide array of subjects and can even get confusing. In order to help the not-so-techie fellows out there, our guide will give a brief introduction to the world of smart homes and what 2022 is likely to bring. Take a look!

Let’s start with basics – what is considered a smart home?

Intelligent or smart houses are usually residential spaces that utilize Internet-connected gadgets to wirelessly monitor and control operations, like ventilation, lights, safety and general upkeep of the property. 

All the gadgets used in a smart home are connected together to the internet which they can use to communicate with one another. These gadgets observe the situation where they’re installed and act accordingly. It could be anything: the temperature getting cold and the thermostat automatically increasing the heat, the lights turning on themselves when it gets dark, security, access, cleaning, washing, you name it! 

The best thing about this whole set up is that the whole integrated system keeps the user informed on their smartphones or PCs the whole time. The owner can also use their smart phones for updating the settings and preferences etc.

What can a smart home do?

Making your home smart is like giving it a brain, of sorts, to think and make certain decisions on its own. You can then use that brain to control and automate different aspects of your lifestyle like controlling the lights, locks, cameras and a lot more. All these different devices will be available on a single panel, a tablet, your smartphone or a computer. 

Top 5 things a smart home would be able to do by 2022

Here are a few other things a smart home with artificially intelligent devices can do for you:

Security and access control

Home safety technology is a game changer. This is a fundamental need for home automation. Companies are developing simple-to-use security technologies that can resist cyberattacks. [[i]]

By 2022, we should see protection and identity monitoring solutions that handle lights, alarms, and CCTV cameras from a single platform. [[ii]]

Light modeling to portray the illusion that there are people inside a house is another interesting function you can watch gain traction in the coming year 2022. [[iii]]

Cortana, Alexa, Siri etc. already dominate voice-activated activities. Speakers like, Amazon Echo, Google Nest hub and Sonos One are expected  smart homes in 2022.

Modern smart TVs function as entertainment control systems. Smart TVs with Alexa or Google Assistant can manage your heating and lights.

Kitchen and toilet smart appliances. 

Microwaves and electronic cookers with built-in cameras to supervise food preparation are arriving shortly too. [[iv]]

Other significant improvements we anticipate to see more of next year include self-cleaning toilets and self-adjusting showers. [[v]]

Energy efficiency

By 2022, we expect smart homes to use more green energy. Inhabited areas are already lit smartly. You can expect  Lighting devices that alter luminosity simply based on the conditions around them are expected in 2022 things like fading the lighting while the Television is on. [[vi]] [[vii]]

Occupancy sensors notice when a place is inhabited and switch on lighting and heaters. [[viii]]

They also identify empty spaces and turn off lamps and other devices.

By 2022, occupancy sensors should be able to understand activity, behaviors and differentiate between different people in the house using AI. Any change in these patters would alert you as the owner as well.

Health monitoring 

Sleep tracking gadgets with artificial intelligence can already identify initial symptoms of depression. The Covid-19 outbreak has shown us that our core temperature may indicate numerous illnesses. Thermal sensing devices are likely to be widespread in smart homes along with systems that can recommend changes in diet. [[ix]]

Robotic assistants

Robot vacuums are becoming normal in many households. They are self-contained and provide convenience in activities like   cooking, acting as nannies (monitors) for the kids, washing, and even tracking your wellbeing. [[x]]


References:

  • https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/01/03/1281338/0/en/Global-Smart-Home-Market-to-Exceed-53-45-Billion-by-2022-Zion-Market-Research.html/
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By Jason Thompson

Jason has been passionate about technology since he first got his hands on his Dad's Motorola RAZR. When not re-writing his home, you can find him teaching others how to do the same through numerous training courses.

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