How do Smart Homes look like in the future?

07/28/2019 | By Hira Saeed

This post originally appeared on blog.up.co


According to Statista, the total installed base of the number of IoT devices connected to the internet is projected to amount to 75.44 billion worldwide by 2025, a fivefold increase in ten years.

Since the inception of smartphones, millions of devices have been connected to the internet performing numerous tasks for people. These days, it’s no more about people to device communication. Internet of Things (IoT) has changed the game to bridge the communication between the device to device, device to people and people to the device. The concept of IoT-based devices like a robotic vacuum and smart kitchen appliances, which was shown as a sci-fi fantasy in the movies has now come to life.

Bonus tip: Based on IOT’s future, IKEA released a catalog in 2015 to sketch the future of IoT and what role IKEA might play in it. Today, in the year 2019, smart homes are a reality.

In this blog, I am discussing some smart home improvements, advancements and its application in our future homes.

The Surge of Voice-enabled Digital Assistants

Hey Siri, what’s the weather?

Hey Alexa, switch on the main light.

Hey Google, tell me the recipe of Baked Salmon.

These voice commands are common in every home these days. What appeared as a science fiction a few years ago, is now a living reality. According to a study, by 2020, 30% of web browsing sessions will be done without a screen. This means more and more customers will be using voice control to access the most basic information on the internet.

In the future, with the help of these voice-based searches and data points, the digital assistants will start talking with more emotions. It’s not wishful thinking if you imagine Siri to ‘react’ on your query based on the tone of your voice. If you sound terrified, the matter will be dealt with more urgency.

Robots to Robots Ecosystem

Floor washing, carpet cleaning or garden mowing ––There’s a robot for that!

The International Federation of Robots says that there will be 3 million industrial robots in use in factories around the world by 2020. While robots are always in controversy to create or eat jobs at work, they still have made a place in our homes.

In the near future, the race of having a robot for all your tedious tasks at home will be faster than ever. There may be a robot to wash those dishes, to help you fold your laundry or maybe to just give you a company? While we discussed the language of emotions for digital assistants, there is a bright chance that your robots will be able to detect your mental or physical well-being.

Another really good use of robots at home is for security purposes. In the future, you will most likely find a robot guarding your home and reporting any suspicious activity to cops directly.

Smart Refrigerators and Smart Kitchens

Hundreds of dollars spent on grocery items every month and not enough time to use all of them –– We all have been there. 

Smart refrigerators connected to cloud are already a talk of the town with their offered conveniences such as: use your smartphone to see what items you have inside, use your refrigerator screen to read recipe or watch it on youtube while you cook, send and receive notes and calendar entries that will appear on the fridge's screen; send you a reminder if the grocery items are near to expire, and even send alerts if the refrigerator's door is left open.

In the near future, smart refrigerators will have more in-depth integration of voice digital assistants and inside cameras, so you can look for the items inside and also control the temperature with voice controls.

It’s not just refrigerators, the future of all your kitchen appliances is automation and robots. We have already seen a glimpse of smart ovens and smart grills and it will get more intelligent in the near future. 

Also, how about ditching food delivery? You will have a personal robot chef in the future programmed to cook a variety of dishes for you every day.

In your bedroom?

While none of us want to have a couple of robots in our bedroom, it’s completely fine to use a smart mirror every morning while you get ready for work. Also, Mood sweater to a new addition to your bedroom closet as an emotive technology.

In the future, Smart beds will go mainstream to help people get the sleep they need. Smart beds will provide conveniences like controlling the mattress comfort from a smartphone and ways to change your daily sleep routines in the best interest of their health. They can also provide reports about your sleep performance and give you control to monitor your sleep patterns so that you can improve upon them.

Another interesting addition to future smart bedrooms is the devices to prevent nightmares. Lully sleep is already releasing a device that uses only vibrations to reduce night terrors drastically, and eventually stop them from occurring altogether. 

Did you like the ride to the smart future with these smart home future view? Get in touch with me at hello@hirasaeed.com if you are working on any other idea about the connected home.

 


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