Smart homes have been around for a while now, but they’re not a widely used technology. This is primarily due to the cost and inconvenience of installing new systems in your home. Fortunately, smart homes are becoming easier to install with wireless systems like Nest and Kevo—and more affordable as well. This article will cover how smart homes will change your life forever!
Smart homes will start mimicking the user
In the next five years, smart homes will start mimicking the user. They will know what you like and dislike and be able to predict your actions based on past behavior. For example, if a user has set their thermostat to 60 degrees every day for the past week during the summer months, a smart thermostat might recognize this pattern by noticing that they are always home at 6 pm when it’s warm outside. The thermostat could then automatically adjust its temperature settings so that it’s comfortable when they get home without having to be adjusted manually by the user.
Another example is if a homeowner needs a reminder to schedule exceptional services for window cleaning, the smart system could automatically send a text message notification to the homeowner’s phone. This would allow them to plan and schedule the service when it’s most convenient.
The most advanced smart homes will begin learning more about you as well as being able to make recommendations based on your preferences and habits. This could include making suggestions based on your schedule.
Smart homes will know more about the individual person
The future of smart homes will be even smarter. You may have already noticed that Alexa or Siri can tell from your voice if you are happy, sad, frustrated, or angry. This is because the technology has become so advanced that it can recognize certain emotions based on the tone of your voice and other indicators such as speed and pitch. In the near future, smart homes will be able to identify people by their faces and know more about them than just their habits and preferences. For example:
- Smart home devices will know when you’re home or not (thanks to facial recognition).
- They’ll know who’s living in the house based on facial recognition data—and which family member is at home too!
- They’ll know when you’re stressed out, and they’ll try their best to alleviate that stress (through smart alarms and other features).
- They’ll know when you’re awake or asleep, so any lights or appliances can adjust accordingly.
- The same goes for appliances. Your fridge could know when you’re running low on milk and automatically order more from Amazon.
There will be more IoT devices that are not just entertainment-related
There will be more IoT devices that are not just entertainment-related. In the next five years, you will see many IoT devices focused on health and wellness. That means fitness trackers and sensors that can help you manage your health better. For example, if you have asthma or allergies and want to know what kinds of allergens are in the air at any given moment, smart home technology will do that for you.
Just as you’ve seen with other Internet-connected devices—like wearables—these new types of connected technologies will likely integrate seamlessly without users having to worry about setting up additional apps and accounts.
Automation will only get smarter and more effective
In the next five years, smart homes will continue getting smarter and more effective. Automation systems will be able to work with other IoT devices, home automation systems, and other innovative home technologies. The technology will be able to learn from previous actions and make its own decisions based on that data. As everyone moves toward a more connected world, it’s easy to imagine how automation could become even more powerful in people’s lives—and how much easier it might be for you as homeowners if you didn’t have to remember when everything was going off schedule or running low on resources.
IoT devices won’t be focused on just making your home safer
If you think IoT is just about security, it’s time to think again. The new generation of smart homes will use IoT technology for much more than safety and security features.
Here are just a few examples of how you might transform your home in the next five years:
- Home entertainment systems that can detect what you’re watching and automatically switch to another channel if you’re watching something rated G or PG (or not R-rated at all).
- Appliances that adjust the temperature according to when everyone is awake, asleep, or away from home altogether.
- Appliances that order supplies online when they’re running low on items like detergent or paper towels.
- Home security systems that can alert police when an intruder is detected—or even disable the intruder’s car on the road outside.
Everyone is on the cusp of an exciting future for smart homes. As more and more people become aware of how much these systems can do, it will only be a matter of time before they start looking into installing one themselves. People are already seeing this trend happening now—at least in some countries where consumers have more money to spend on such things. What does this mean for consumers? People can expect better security, comfort, and convenience while away from home.