We have often heard about the multiple benefits of artificial intelligence, even if we are not tech geeks. The 21st century has brought with it newer ways of doing things and simplifying tasks. So now you do not need to stand in queues and wait for your turn at the food counter in coffee shops. You can simply customize your meal on an online app, track the location of the rider and get it delivered, served hot! You can shop online and choose the top-of-the-line garments from your favorite store in your favorite size and get them home. However, that is not all there is to modern technology. Almost every other industry has now found great use of it. Workflows have become streamlined, data analytics has become easier, and bottlenecks in production are being identified to minimize costs and upscale production. Coming back to home uses, there is also plenty that the average person can do with it. Through the Internet of Things, a concept that has made lives easier for homeowners across the globe, now there is hardly any area that isn’t covered by a smart home.
What Is The Internet of Things?
For the amateurs, the Internet of Things denotes a system where everyday appliances and items of use can communicate with one another through the internet, and without any wired devices attached to one another. Human intervention is minimal and is limited to operating a hub that connects all these devices. So these objects have small chips installed in them which enable them to exchange data and information. In the section below, we can design a modern home with the Internet of Things.
Imagine all the wonderful things you could achieve if you had smart lighting in your home, with built-in sensors that can gauge the requirements and dim the lighting. Smart lighting is a must-have essential for big and large homes where checking the lighting manually in every room requires a lot of effort and time. Maybe have them synchronized with your Alexa or Ok Google and instruct them to check for and turn off the lighting in the living room or the kitchen. These days, many bulbs and lighting fixtures such as pendants, lanterns and wall sconces can be connected to IoT-enabled, voice recognition software – where a clap or verbal instructions will do the job for you.
Surveillance and Security
One of the pressing issues that might lead to a lot of stress involves the security of our homes. We need to be convinced of a safe home so that we could go to sleep in comfort and without bothering to constantly check on the outdoors. There are two aspects of smart home that might come in handy for you: a surveillance system, involving security cameras strategically placed to keep a check on all entry and exit points of the house, and a sensor system that notifies you in case of unlawful entry or the presence of a suspicious presence on the premises. Security is one of the most important elements of home decor, so there should be no compromise on that front.
Unfortunately, we cannot gauge the temperature through the course of the day. The mornings could be overcast, the afternoons could be scorching, the evenings could be breezy and the nights could be chilly. The poor house must bear with all these varying temperatures and ensure that you stay comfortable and protected inside. However, it might still not be enough, and we often require the use of air conditioners and central heaters to ensure that the cold/warm air reaches every part of the home whenever the need arises. Imagine how much energy is utilized in the process. So what we need are temperature sensors to gauge the temperature inside and turn off the devices when there is no need. This saves you a lot of physical effort besides keeping a tab on your electricity bills at the end of the month.
Window treatments constitute an important element of home decor, and there is no reason why they must be ignored in the process of building a smart home. All the major window treatments currently in vogue – roller shades, Roman shades, vinyl shades, vertical blinds and cellular shades – can be synchronized with a Z-Wave hub and give you centralized control. Through the Z-Wave hub, you can have smartphone access to your shades, enabling you to schedule their movement, adjustment at different angles and levels, and control through sensors that identify your voice while carrying out instructions.
All these shades, and the hub that allows you to monitor their movement can have a smart chip installed in them so that they could be controlled through a device and do away with cords to control them. The result: sleek, modern and efficient system that is at once convenient and safe for everyone in the house. Here are a few other takeaways that you can consider while incorporating IoT for every window shade in the house
1. Control of multiple shades, on multiple windows: Once you have downloaded the necessary app (the instructions would be provided by the manufacturer), operating multiple shades at the same time would become a pretty simple exercise, which can be carried out by just about anyone. You can observe which window shades are currently open, which are shut, and which are partially open. In the middle of the night, if you are unsure if you closed the shades, you can simply check the app for details.
2. A sleek operation: The modern shades focus on minimalism and sleekness for an elegant and aesthetically appealing look, against heavy drapery and curtains that were quite the norm back in the day. An IoT-enabled setup in window shades, where you can operate them via a smartphone or Alexa/Google Home, leaves a lot of space that was otherwise taken by the ugly, dangling cords. Those were difficult to manage and gave rise to several problems such as faulty operation and blinds getting stuck.
3. Comfort and insulation: You shall know by now that smart window covering also boast of temperature sensors that can adjust their movement through the course of the day, opening when the sun is shining mild, closing when it becomes too hot/cold for comfort, and adjusting when the sun changes its position. Your homes are thus safe against heating up or getting too cold for comfort. They prevent you from turning on the air conditioners for too long, saving you against high electricity bills by the end of the month and insulating your inner space well. Security is, of course, an additional advantage, because they can also be operated even when you are not physically present in your home, thereby marking your abode safe against burglars and intruders.
Final note: Through the Internet of Things, you can turn your house into a smart home. By investing in smart lighting, you can turn off and turn on your lamps and lanterns without walking over to the switchboard. The temperature sensors gauge the outdoor climate well and put your air conditioning devices to use only when they are required. The house is kept safe against intruders with centralized locks and surveillance cameras. Besides, you can invest in modern shades and blinds and control them through a smartphone, enabling a smart, efficient and sleek operation.