The Internet of Things has opened new opportunities to reduce mechanical and operational failures. IoT solutions enable automation, remote operation, and monitoring of devices and machines. Smart IoT devices are now available for use in offices, homes, and public spaces for entertainment, security, and automation. McKinsey Global Institute predicts that the Internet of Things market will reach the U.S. $11.1 trillion annually by 2025.
Let's explore how IoT is improving home automation
Home Security with IoT sensors: One of the important aspects of home automation is security. An IoT enabled home automation system can differentiate between homeowners, friends, relatives, and strangers. They can alert homeowners when they detect strangers or malicious activities in their absence. AI-enabled video doorbells can recognize faces and provide information about individuals. Family members can evaluate the efficiency of IoT systems anytime, anywhere, even when internet connectivity is poor or unavailable.
Platform Independent Control: IoT smart home solutions enable users to operate home appliances even before they enter the house. It enables users to control thermostats, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, sprinklers, water pumps, and coffee machines with voice commands, web platforms, smart wearables, and mobile phones for enhanced convenience.
Self-Maintainance Alerts: Apart from the automation of various tasks at home, IoT enabled smart devices can self-diagnose their performance. The devices automatically alert manufacturers before their products fail to perform. Manufacturers then reach out to customers when it is time to service their devices. IoT enabled refrigerators can alert users about food shortage and wastage so that grocery orders can be placed to replenish them. Also, smart window blinds adjust to daylight changes for the comfort of homeowners.
Towards a Greener World with IoT: IoT devices enable optimal use of resources. It can track device power consumption and usage pattern to minimize wastage. IoT occupancy sensors incorporated in rooms and washrooms can turn off the AC and lights when not in use. The technology facilitates controlling light intensity. Outdoor lights can be configured switch on or off as per the intensity of natural light.
Successful Smart Home Automation Use Cases
Consumers today have a wide range of IoT tools and services at their disposal for smart home automation. Most manufacturers focus on producing smart devices that serve a specific purpose while others build complete hubs for a smart home.
Amazon Alexa or Google Home assistants are the most popular smart devices that are now available globally. Let’s take a look at some smart home devices.
Bill Gates’s Smart Home: Bill Gates's smart home, Xanadu 2.0 was built in the year 1997. His home has everything a person needs to lead a luxurious life. As visitors enter Bill’s 66,000 square feet smart home, they get an electronic pin to be attached to their clothes. The pin connects family members to the electronic services of the house. It gathers a person’s preferences including music volumes, ideal temperature, and lighting levels to meet and anticipate their needs.
Mark Zuckerberg's AI Personal Assistant: Mark Zuckerberg’s voice-controlled Assistant - Jarvis, is used by family members to control everything at home. The project was completed in the year 2016 after 100 hours of hard work. Jarvis controls everything from switching off lights to moderating the volume of the music at home. The AI-enabled assistant enables Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla to switch on and off internet-connected power switches with voice commands. The voice assistant is tailored to identify the mood swings of husband and wife. To uplift the mood the assistant even plays light and rejuvenating music for them.
Zelda Ocarina Home Automation System: Zelda Ocarina Home Automation system runs on the internet-connected Raspberry Pi and is linked to ESP8266 wifi modules around the home. The home automation system is designed to lock/ unlock doors and control heaters, TVs, smartphones, air conditioners, and other appliances. The IoT enabled smart system turn’s on lights by playing Sun’s song. While a person feeling cold has to play Bolero of fire song to switch on the heating system.
Retro MS-DOS Light Controller: Home automation system X10-PowerHouse was launched in the year 1978. The small device controls lights and appliances with simple voice commands. It is compatible with IBM PC and MS-DOS systems. X-10 LAMP-Module LM465 is designed for home security and comfort. Users need to plugin LM465 with the X10 main controller to experience home automation.
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