Homes In Search Of Smartness
Homes, meaning habitats, have been around as long as mankind. In fact, all living beings are forever in search of good homes. Home is simply a safe and comfortable environment, where one can rest at ease, without the harsh, conflicting and sometimes treacherous realities of an external world. Home is where keepsakes and personal properties can be stored and displayed conveniently. Home is where an individual or family comes to at the end of the day, to find nourishment, rest, entertainment and peace. Traditionally, people rested at home, and went out to work. But this is the age of SOHO, or “Small Office Home Office”. People are not only bringing home the work, they now plan not to leave home to work. In the digital age, work comes home to people, via the network. Of course, lots of others still have to go out to where the work is. But the heart is still at home. It is known commonly that most people in factories spend some time at work, particularly during “off periods”, thinking about home, and sometimes worrying about home. But this is an extraordinary age, where AI (Artificial Intelligence) is beginning to convert our traditional non-living homes into sentient beings. People at work are slowly shifting away from “home help” and subordinate staff to take care of domestic jobs. “Smart” homes are beginning to take over, turning homes into intelligent automated and self-controlled habitats that can operate the greater part of a day on their own. amazing smart home devices have made this unbelievable scenario almost possible.
What Makes A Home Smart?
Smart homes use extraordinary components to create a controlled environment. These components complement and supplement each other to create a system that can look after its inhabitants in comfort, and sometimes even look after itself. After working hard during working hours outside, people can return home to have most of their home needs taken care of at source, without having to waste quality time on mundane, time consuming, day to day and routine tasks. These are tasks which can be listed by experienced householders and are mostly repetitive. And so, sophisticated programs can be extracted by brilliant developers, with the aid of the latest software systems, to simulate human handling of standard home situations. It should be noticed here that it is the Whole System that needs to be “Smart”, not the individual components, which must only fulfill their individual duties perfectly. For example, if the system, after the entry of a human inhabitant, commands a door to be closed, the actual device closing the door, which may be a motorized door closer, need not be “smart”. It should only be able to close the door efficiently. They must also be able to communicate with the System, and act on command. While performing a task, the device should also be able to give a scaled feedback to the system, which will be used regulate the reaction to achieve the objective smoothly. Speed of operation too will be dictated to the Device, as will other necessary instructions to complete the task. Thus, a class of amazing smart home devices have been invented, that individually may be able to perform only repetitive jobs, but can be used as the sensory and muscular extremities of the system that replaces the householder.
What Devices Make A Home Smart?
Smart homes have smart systems. Devices may or may not be smart in themselves, but must be able to perform complex tasks for which they were designed, but without problems or delays. Fault diagnostics must be installed, to pre-warn both the system and the householder. Thus, some devices are converted to smart devices by the conjunction, and reports f of electronic gadgets that can obey commands by the main system to perform the tasks set by the System, feedback the results continuously in line with previously set standards or scale as and when they occur. So the complete Home Automation System, or HAS, consists of a Central Control System which uses modern control techniques and software to take charge of a complete habitat, along with peripheral devices, consisting of sensors and Activators, some of which may be smart themselves, and control their own domains, but continuously report to the Main HAS.
Amazing Devices For Smart Homes
Some amazing devices for smart homes are as follows:
- LG has just released their latest technology for Smart Homes called ‘Thinq’. This has Smart Access devices in the system which allows the Homeowner to take remote control of various functions. While still outside the home, the Owner can set temperature and humidity levels at the house, adjust lighting, and so on. House cleaning by LG’s HOM-BOT robotic vacuum cleaner can be remote controlled, areas or whole of the house can be viewed, perhaps on a mobile smart phone, or even feed the dog and water the plants.
- Lifewire’s Smart Microwave can be operated directly from remote locations, to cook food that has already been placed in it, according to menus set either by the remote house-owner or according to set menus as chosen, with complete step control from beginning to finish, and kept warm waiting for the owner to return. Connectivity with the HAS installed allows it to act inside the System jurisdiction, or independently, as desired.
- Smart Plugs (KASA) is commonly used easy control of appliances, energy monitoring, and home security automation. They can make even the dumbest appliance controllable, through an App. They are used to turn on and also control the level of Lighting, Music and Video Devices like TV, Video Streaming Devices etc. at home without direct intervention according to pre-set directions or remote instructions. Nest Learning Thermostats are Smart Plugs that take over complete charge of Temperature and Humidity in Households.
- Amazon Echo is an all-in-one smart Home Hub, which belongs to a class of Smart Home Devices to take over control and management of homes. There are a number of amazing devices like this in the market now.