Today, modern technology has a strong impact not only markets and businesses, but our daily lives as well. Think about the technologies that the latest cars contain- they alert us when the tire is flat and the door is not properly closed. Not to mention countless applications on our smartphones that cover every need and whim we can think of.
From Bluetooth-connected toilets to refrigerators operating on zero electricity, you can find it all on the market. Yes, some examples are ridiculous- who needs a toaster that sends text messages for example? Some inventions, on the other hand, have revolutionized our daily lives and changed the way our homes work.
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Computers are becoming ever cheaper and tinier, and wireless internet is omnipresent. These are two basic requirements for computing power to be implemented in nearly everything that surrounds us. Appliances like TVs were the first to be transformed by smart technologies. So, those who purchased Foxtel Broadband Bundles or similar packages could take full advantage of the improved TV experience.
Many other appliances are now designed with internet connectivity and other advanced options in mind. As a result, thermostats and smoke alarms today are much more efficient and reliable that their predecessors. With sensors built in, they can even “tell” us when something goes wrong. Furthermore, they “learn” our daily routines and optimize their performance to better suit our needs.
A smart coffee maker notices that you need 15 minutes to get out of bed and pushes back the brew time. Other devices monitor our energy consumption patterns and make suggestions how to adjust them efficiently. Stoves turn off automatically when not in use, and lighting can be programmed to save energy when you are not around or sound asleep.
Some appliances are already able to communicate between themselves and connect via applications software. Thus, our smartphones become all-powerful controllers for the world around us. As you wake up in the morning and take it in your hand, you can already start giving orders. With a dozen of taps, your coffee is being prepared, the heater is starting to work, favorite music is playing and your car engine is roaring.
The purpose isn’t to show off. Think about the ways this will help the elderly and those with disabilities. For people in wheelchairs, for example, things like switches are usually out of reach. In smart homes, however, appliances can be controlled remotely. Some can be regulated using your voice, which is of great help for the blind. Hence, technology is allowing these people to live more independently and to take control of their everyday lives.
It’s not like we won’t have to do anything though. A bulk of appliances and gadgets need consumable materials, cleaning and maintenance. Also, bear in mind that not all homes are made fit to endorse the blessings of modern tech solutions. They require a proper infrastructure such as power and data points to support the installation. This is costly, so many can yet only dream of owning a futuristic home.
Smart homes are not about lifestyle and luxury- the improved quality of life is their main purpose. The future is not just around the corner, it surrounds us and is already transforming the way we live and perceive the world. Smart technologies allow us to save energy, time and money and enable a home to basically run itself. We will soon have a personal army of household bots that bow to our will and serve only one purpose- to make our lives easier and more convenient. We can’t say no to that kind of future, can we?