5 Ways the Internet of Things Can Improve Our Homes
When we say that we live in a hyper-connected world, most people instantly assume one is talking about major networks and global trends. What they usually don’t pay attention to is a much more important aspect of the person-to-machine communication on a micro-level and the way in which it affects our everyday life. The best example of how this works can be seen on the example of the internet of things (IoT) and its application in day-to-day life. In order to fully illustrate in what way can an ordinary household benefit from this worldwide phenomenon, here are five ways in which the internet of things can improve our homes.
1. Greater security
The first thing that IoT can provide homeowners all over the globe with is increased security. Not only will this trend make home security cameras much cheaper and therefore more affordable, but it will also add a few more interesting gadgets into the mix. Fingerprint scanning devices, which at the moment still appear as a Sci-Fi accessory, might replace traditional keyholes in just several years’ time. Most importantly, the connection of all these devices might help gather incredible amounts of home security data, which may further help in the development of future security measures.
2. More personalization
Another thing we can hope to see in the future due to the internet of things are homes that are more easily customized. Imagine a scenario where changing the color and the layout of your wall takes as much effort as changing the wallpaper on your computer or smartphone. No matter how incredible this may sound at the moment, we are closer to having this technology in a standard household than you might think. In this scenario, instead of choosing the right type of paint, you would simply have to worry more about finding the right Cpanel hosting. Aside from this, you will also be able to change the color of your light bulbs at your wish and even learn a thing or two about your own habits that might surprise you.
3. Lower utility bill
By monitoring factors such as external temperature and various other climate elements, your household air conditioning system, heating and other appliances might give you a much more superior performance. Imagine a situation where you wanted to heat up your kitchen by a few degrees, but at the same time, you intend to start preparing your meal in half an hour. Instead of wasting more power on heating, through the internet of things, your smart home could calculate the temperature difference your oven can create and then adjust your thermostat to this new equation. In other words, the IoT household would present you with more than several options to save money on your utility bill.
4. Simple updates
One of the things that you need to have in mind at all times is that purchasing a new gadget always comes with a certain risk. There is no telling if the device you buy today might become completely obscure or just outdated in just several months. Well, with the help of internet of things, such a risk becomes much lower. Namely, by being a part of this huge grid, it would get much easier for your home to get updated as soon as there is some patch, fix or innovation on the software that runs it.
5. Everything remote controlled
Finally, with the help of internet of things, our homes might soon become remotely controlled on a completely new scale. Having a voice controlled lights might serve as a perfect example of this idea but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Some web developers are already making a fortune by creating apps that can remotely control your smart thermostat, your TV, PC and, of course, the above-mentioned lights. Unfortunately, this brings additional risk that wasn’t present before and a completely new, terrifying, dimension to the idea of a digital security breach.
As you can see, internet of things can make our homes safer, more comfortable and much more frugal but this trend also comes with risks of its own. Still, no matter how innovative, exciting or even frightening all of the above-listed may sound, it might still be quite a while until we start seeing these trends in most of the homes around the world. Until then, we can only speculate about the impact this will have on our everyday lives.
Dan Radak is a marketing professional with eleven years of experience. He is currently working with a number of companies in the field of digital marketing, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites and regular contributor to Technivorz.