Technology has made our lives better right from its very origin. Further, it has been continuing its job to make our lives easier than ever before. Among the latest trends in the field of technology, comes home automation. While watching movies and stuff, you may have thought such a fully automated or ‘smart’ home is a very expensive concept. But, you can make your own smart homes with a limited budget.
What is a Smart Home?
A smart home uses the internet of things (IoT) gadgets to control all the facilities and appliances in them. While you return home from work, you can open the door with a fingertip, which automatically lightens the walkway and guides you to the hall, where you can relax on a sofa while the thermostat adjusts itself. You can also turn on your TV or home theatre with a simple command to the smart speaker systems. In the beginning, IoT devices only supported turn on and off, temperature adjustment, alarms, etc. But now, a single device can be used to control all the connected appliances in a house. All these may seem like a future tale, but home automation is right before you to be chosen.
Making a Smart Home
As discussed, smart homes are becoming more of a reality to everyone. There are three ways in which you can use gadgets to make your home smart.
Manufacturing brands normally use a single application to control all their devices at the same time. These apps are available both for Android and iOS but do not go with the appliances of other brands. However, there are apps like Google home that can control multiple brands in a limited fashion.
Smart assistants like Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant can be used as a central system to control a smart home. They function using voice recognition software, which enables you to get things done using commands like ‘hey Siri, switch on the home theatre’, or ‘Alexa, dim the lights in the hall’. All android phones come with a built-in google assistant, and iPhones have Siri. You can buy a smart speaker which has any of these built-in assistants. You can also further customize your commands so that they are easy to be given. For example, the command ‘it’s sleep time’ dims the bedroom lights, switches off the tv and speakers, and adjusts the temperature of the room.
The basic idea of home automation is If This Then That (IFTTT), where your devices are interconnected to work accordingly. For example, you can set your lights to turn on and the coffee machine to start brewing just after your morning alarm goes off, or have your thermostat and lights switched on as soon as you unlock the front door. There are several companies that offer cost-effective, high-quality home automation services in Dubai.
With lives getting busier day by day, smart homes are nothing but a blessing for mankind. The number of devices that can be connected to a centralized system is growing in number, which in the next ten years will provide smart home systems of ultimate standards. Be sure to make your home one of them!