The Next Big Thing Smart Home

The Next Big Thing Smart Home

Technology has come to home and with the state-of-the-art technology it’s time to change your house into a smart home

What if you can operate and control your house with a smartphone or tablet? This is not a sci-fi movie scene but there are plenty of high-tech tools available right now, that can turn your house into a smart-home. A smart home is a web of interconnected devices which can be operated with one central command. In simple term, you can give direction by voice, remote control, tablet or even smartphone and the house will be at your command. This is commonly known as the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things a phrase that refers to the objects and products that are interconnected and identifiable through digital networks. This web-like sprawl of products is getting bigger and better every day.

All of the electronics in your home are fair game for this tech revolution, from your fridge to your furnace.

Benefits of a smart home

Smart homes have innumerous benefits. Who don’t want to control everything including temperature, lighting, TV, music system etc. from their couch? Whether you are out for vacation or at work, the smart-home will alert you about your home and security systems can be built to provide an immense amount of help in an emergency. And plus it can bring down your electricity bills. Systems like ZigBee and Z-Wave helps lower electricity bills. Smart home technology promises tremendous benefits for elderly people living alone. A smart home could notify the resident when it’s time to take medicine, alert the hospital if the resident falls and track how much the resident is eating.

Challenges

A smart home probably sounds like a nightmare to those people who are not comfortable with computers. Those who routinely fumble around with a remote control just trying to change the TV channel might have stopped reading by now. One of the main hurdles of installing a smart home system is balancing the complexity of the system against the usability of the system. If it’s downright exasperating, then it actually makes your life harder instead of easier. And plus, you will be at risk of being hacked because of the connectivity with internet and hackers might get an insight of your house which can be very dangerous. Overall, As we get closer to being able to live like the Jetsons, manufacturers will have to convince consumers that the technology is secured from hackers—and that convenience and peace of mind are worth any risks.

By Rohan Pal

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