THE SMART HOME
Imagine living in a house that that is aware of your needs and goals and actively helps you to achieve these. That sounds a bit far-fetched, right? Well, with the current trends in the construction and electrical engineering industries, this is being achieved. Smart homes are part of the growing Internet of Things technology which aims to achieve interconnection and interoperability between virtually everything there is in the globe.
In a smart home, the appliances, gadgets as well as the building elements themselves are built and installed in such a way that they can communicate and operate in synchronization. If you are watching your weight for instance, when you add a few pounds your staircase can detect this weight gain and automatically lock your cupboard biscuits to help you watch your calorie intake. Security is also enhanced as face detection cameras can be installed in doors to keep away unwanted people. The smart home is also connected to the gadgets that you carry around such as your phone or ipad, enabling you to issue commands remotely that will be executed in your house.
Recent research by NHBC Foundation found out that smart homes will improve the health and general wellbeing of occupants. They recommended that developers start ‘future proofing’ the homes that they build gradually by including a little more hard wiring. Projections show that by the year 2020 the smart home technology shall have risen to about 27% compared to the current 11%. Forwarding looking technology entrepreneurs have already embraced this technology. Bill Gates set the pace by spending a whopping $100 million for his smart home. While you need not spend so much to future proof your new home, there is need to include a little more hard wiring to achieve just a few of the smart home functions. This will not only boost your health and wellbeing but it will also protect your home’s value in future when smart homes shall be a must have.