2018, the Jetsons, and Smart Home Apps
2018, the Jetsons, and Smart Home Apps
Let's take a look at how smart home apps are evolving and do brief scopes of a few smart home development use cases.
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You might have seen ‘The Jetsons’ — a cartoon way ahead of its time — where there were smart robots and things doing the daily chores.
It got us excited and made us wonder if this can be a reality.
Well, my friend, we have reached a position where we have a smart home with numerous ‘things’ connected to each other.
Be it temperature control, security, smart lighting, cooking, air pollution control, or anything else – an IoT smart home app development can take care of it.
Take AWAIR, for example. It’s a cute and small radio device. The look can be deceptive, as the device is a sensitive tool that measures air quality and tells you the number of allergens, humidity, present temperature, and CO2 content as well. With this data, you can change things to sleep better, breathe clean, sneeze less and hence… live a better life! I bet everyone dreams of a home like this where they feel safe, clean and cozy. Nothing beats this feeling.
This is probably the reason why there is a high surge in making our homes smart. This example of smart home app development is one of its kind.
The graph above clearly depicts the growing market size for smart homes. It is quite clear that users like to get notifications about the changes occurring in their home, and monitor them even when they are miles away on their mobile. It is no wonder why startups and enterprises are investing in smart home app development solution. So is the adoption of Internet of Things already captured the smart home consumers? But to take the plunge in developing home automation applications, you need to understand the home automation and smart things first.
IoT Is Bringing the Smart Home Revolution: Happy Homeowners!
7 years after the introduction of Nest – the first smart thermostat that fueled the concept of smart homes — the present day smart home market is bigger and more promising. The promise made by Nest was big, which created a much bigger hype. It made homes the breeding ground for the Internet of Things innovations.
We have now internet-connected home security cameras, smart kitchen appliances that talk, smart lighting with sensors, and a lot more. And guess what — these are no longer luxuries. Startups from all over the world have made a smart home affordable and available with smart home apps and IoT devices.
Possibilities In IoT Smart Home Applications
There are unlimited possibilities when it comes to smart IoT smart homes. Having said that, these possibilities are not yet explored completely. Now, if you are looking for smart home app development ideas, there can be a single purpose app, a multi-purpose smart home app, or a complete hub to control your place. Let’s try to define the challenges and scope with each of the smart home app development options.
Smart Home Apps for A Single Use
Single usage smart home apps, as the name suggests, control a single device, for a single requirement. For example, if you are choosing the smart home music player app, it will connect you with all the speakers placed in every room and play according to your convenience, wherever you are. Also, if you are developing a smart kitchen app for homes or your lighting, it will single-handedly control the designated device.
Smart Home Apps for Multiple Uses
If you want to cater those tech-savvy millennials who are really into smart homes, you can go for multi-purpose smart home app development. It will control lighting, kitchen appliances, music systems, security, and more! With the right network of smart devices, you can achieve the optimum results.
What It Takes for Smart Home App Development
It’s important to understand the problems a user faces. And to solve those real challenges, you have to plan accordingly. Let us try to devise a plan that helps you create a smart home app.
Devising the control with an app – As your device and app will connect to the internet, make sure your app integrates to the Wi-Fi or internet hardware. It is the major feature of your smart home app. Make sure it works wirelessly.
Sending push notifications – Be it the water heating system, security breach, or adjusting the light, the app must send push notifications right on time.
Accessing user configuration – The main user of the home should have the admin rights, for which you need to set up access configuration. This way, the home automation would have the right use access and hence fewer mistakes.
Making your app accessible – Your smart home app development should be made to work with leading mobile operating systems and web versions as well.
What are your goals? – Smart home app development should aim toward the type of app you are developing. Single or multiple usages, make sure you are solving an actual problem.
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