IoT is considered to be one of the disruptive technologies of this century.
Creating new business models, products, and services
Machines, gadgets, sensors and actuators connected to a network enabling them to be controlled remotely
Automates your daily routine. Start your irrigation system, control your shutters, turn off your lights, save power.
Connected appliances allow you to leave the house without that nagging feeling of wondering if you left something on. From anywhere in the world or if you rush out of the house. You can turn appliances on/off from the touch of your smartphone.
Smart home automation is rapidly becoming the future of how we live our lives.
Devices today range from smart kettles, refrigerators with cameras inside, to air conditioners and a whole range of security devices like smart doorbells and connected security cams.
IoT smart home devices make it easy to reduce energy and costs.
The up-front cost of IoT smart devices can be quite high compared to non-connected devices. However, the cost savings over the long term are undeniable.
Security of digital footprint will be essential to the continued adoption of IoT smart home technology.
More pro-active role of devices alerting us with the help of AI integration.
The sharing of data will also play a critical role in the shaping of the future IoT smart home environment. Who and how will our data be shared is still TBD as the topic is very much still in debate. Shared personal data allows smart technology to create a truly automated home. This data allows the temperature of your room to be set before you come home or food can be custom ordered for you based on items running low in the fridge. These are just a couple examples, but count on seeing more of these use cases with future IoT devices in the home.
Everything will be controlled from an app, and devices will start behaving automatically based on user preferences with the integration of AI.
Smart kitchen devices are becoming more user friendly with devices and services that save time and address real needs. Not everyone needs a connected camera in their refrigerator, but options are becoming more mainstream with available skills in Amazon Alexa and/or Google Home. As one example, integrated smart crock pots and rice cookers allow you to cook food or even simply heat it up before getting home using Amazon Alexa’s app.
Why adopt IoT?
Save time by cutting out menial tasks and getting rid of monotonous daily activities.
Save money with smart grid integration allowing home owners to monitor energy and electricity and use and save accordingly. User friendly devices and software have made it very easy to control lighting and temperature remotely and/or automatically based on your daily habits.
Improved quality of life - IoT enabled home automated solutions creates a home environment with less stress and lower costs.
“By the year 2020, the number of devices connected through the internet wordlwide is expected to reach 31 billion” as reported by statista(link).
There are already more connected things then there are people in the world.
Presentation of Samsung’s CEO, Tim Baxter (https://iot.eetimes.com/iot-home-automation-set-to-go-from-hype-to-reality-in-2018/) - In the presentation, Tim shares that all of Samsung’s consumer electronic devices will be IoT enabled in addition to supporting AI by 2020.
Gartner (link - https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom) predicts that a typical family home will contain more than 500 smart devices by 2022.
Increased voice control integration will make the adoption of IoT smart home devices far more ubiquitous as voice assistants are capable of taking on far more daily tasks with our TV’s, home audio and car dashboards.
Fewer clashes of communication protocols will help with the adoption of smart home IoT (link to my post on the topic).