As IoT technologies mature and are integrated with home-based appliances and electronic devices, home automation becomes is within the grasp of everyone. Apart from the futuristic and modern home interiors, home automation has some other perks, such as:
Greater control and independence in setting the home environment.
Time-saving and easy maintenance.
Reduced utility bills.
Auto-alert in emergency situations.
We discuss five home automation ideas with IoT-based mobile applications.
Mobile applications that connect with the home security system such as cameras and intercoms enable the homeowner to continuously monitor visitors from their mobile device screens. Furthermore, all recordings can be stored on the cloud and viewed remotely. So, if a visitor comes and rings the bell when no one's home, one can see who it is, speak to them live, and view their activities from their mobile device using the application. A built-in alarm system can send a signal to the requisite authorities in case of a medical emergency, fire, or theft to ensure quick response, even when the owner is away from home. A complete lockdown of the home with a single press of a tab or voice command can be done with a mobile application using beacon technology.
2. Lighting and Ventilation
Lighting systems with sensors are fairly common, though not yet adopted on a large scale. New systems are available on the market that can be synced with mobile applications to ensure total control of lighting, room temperature, and ventilation with one’s mobile device. So, just as the homeowner leaves the office, they can set the temperature and the home lighting moods on their device so that they enter into a relaxing environment that has been pre-set to alleviate their mood and give them a homey feel. Further, the settings can be made for the entire house or specific rooms within the house.
3. Kitchen Appliances
The refrigerator that tells you what its contents are and the expiration date of each food item kept in it is newly entering the market. It can also send you push notifications on your mobile device via a simple mobile application with actionable ideas for placing orders. All electronic devices within the kitchen, including the electric stove and oven, can be programmed to respond to commands from the mobile device so that you don’t have to get up in the middle of your engrossing sitcom to turn the timer off.
Smart televisions and smartphones are already on the market. They can be used to change channels, manage the volume, and make other adjustments. With a targeted mobile applications, the screen can be cast on the wall or any screen, which means the television may simply become obsolete in a few years. The availability of high-speed Internet and mobile applications and websites that stream movies and television shows, movies, and even the in-house productions might make broadcast networks obsolete. In anticipation of the maturing technology where minimalism is a central aspect, we can soon witness sensors and beacons replacing bulky devices within the home space.
5. Water and Waste Management
A walk through a shopping mall or airport restroom will show you sensor-enabled taps and toilets that don’t require physical contact to operate. Similar technology is coming into homes at affordable rates. Water heating/cooling, setting the showers, Jacuzzi, or cleaning the home swimming pool can be automated with mobile application-based commands. Further, waste segregation, recycling, and disposal could also be managed with a mobile app.
These are just five areas where IoT has room to explode. Technology is always growing and adapting, and developers are finding newer, better ways to implement what they know. In all likelihood, it's likely just a matter of time before we start dropping the "smart" from smarthomes.