What does the ideal smart home look like?
If you’re reading this blog, chances are you probably love gadgets and home automation. The rapid advancements in these new technologies have made it possible for us to create our own smart homes. We can control the lighting, temperature, music and security systems of our homes using smartphones or through voice assistants such as Siri or Google Assistant.
However, not everyone has the same vision of what a smart home should look like. Some people feel that smart homes need to be limited to only allowing access to certain services when they are home. Others believe that smart homes should be accessible at any time of the day without worrying about who is inside the house with them.
To answer this question, we asked 17 real people on Quora what their ideal smart home looks like? In this blog post, we will take a look at some of their answers and see if there might be something we can learn from them to create an even better smart home for ourselves one day…
What is the ideal smart home?
Not everyone has the same vision of what a smart home should look like. Some people feel that smart homes need to be limited to only allowing access to certain services when they are home.
Others believe that smart homes should be accessible at any time of the day without worrying about who is inside the house with them.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has created an opportunity for brands to market themselves by creating a “smart home”. If a brand creates an app or products which “integrate” with other smart devices, they can get themselves in the news and be seen as an innovator.
Smart Home for Everyone
In the early stages of smart home development, there was a focus on creating a smart home for only the “makers”.
These “makers” are tech enthusiasts who have the knowledge to set up smart home devices. Many brands have catered to these enthusiasts with custom-made smart home devices. The smart home for everyone segment believes that customers should be able to buy a smart home product which is not only capable of controlling their devices but also receives a wide range of services. It should be able to offer music, security, lighting, temperature control and so on.
The customer should be able to set their preferences, such as the temperature, music, lighting and so on and the system should automatically adjust. These smart home products are usually tied to a centralized system that can receive a wide range of services.
The most popular examples of this system are Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple Home. When the customer calls one of these assistants, it should be able to control the smart home system through voice commands.
Smart Home Only When People Are Home
The first group of people think that a smart home should be available only when the “owner” is home. People with this vision believe that having a smart home makes the home vulnerable to intrusion.
An intruder can change the settings of the system and cause havoc by turning off the lights, locking the doors and so on. People with this vision also feel that smart home devices are a waste of money because there is no need to have multiple devices controlling the same thing. For example, they might have a smart lock which can be controlled by a smartphone app or voice assistant.
They might have a smart lighting system which can be controlled through voice assistant or a smart thermostat which can be controlled by voice assistant. If a person is home, they can control their lights, lock the doors, set the temperature and so on.
However if they are not home, nobody can access their home. There are some smart home products which have features that can automatically unlock the doors, turn off lights or turn on the appliances when a person is not home. These products are usually controlled by a hub or a hub and a remote device.
Voice Assistant Based Smart Home
Voice assistants such as Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa can help us automate many tasks in our smart homes.
However, the real magic happens when we start talking to these assistants and telling them to do things. Many brands have started creating voice-based smart home products. The voice assistant based smart home segment believes that a smart home should be accessible only through voice assistants.
The customer should not have to use a smartphone or remote control to control the smart home. A voice-based smart home system should only respond to voice commands. This way, the customer should not have to worry about accidentally triggering a false alarm or causing damage to the home while trying to control the thermostat.
The voice assistant based smart home products are usually controlled through a hub or a remote control. The customer can use voice assistant to control all their devices in the home. If they want to change the temperature or turn on/off the lights, they can simply tell the assistant what they want.
An Indoor Camera System
The indoor camera system segment believes that a smart home should have a camera system inside the home. The camera system can be either an indoor camera or an outdoor camera. The indoor camera system is usually connected to a voice assistant or a hub.
The customer can use the camera system to monitor the home while inside or outside. The customer should be able to view the video feed from the camera system on their smartphone or PC. For example, a person can use the camera system to watch their children while they are inside the house or outside and playing.
The camera system can also be used to monitor the house while the person is away. A person who lives in a large house can use the camera system to check whether the house is locked or not. The customer can also view live feeds from the camera system while they are away.
Robot Caretaker Service
The robot caretaker service segment believes that a smart home should have a robot which can act as a caretaker. The customer can send requests to the robot using the voice assistant or a remote control.
The customer can set the robot to come to their home at regular intervals or only when the customer is not at home. The customer can set rules for the robot. For example, the customer can tell the robot to come to their home only when it is already dark outside.
The customer can also tell the robot to not disturb the customers while they are sleeping or when they are out for a specific activity. Some brands have started creating robots which serve as caretakers for customers. These brands usually create an app for customers to control these robots and send them commands. The robot caretaker services usually charge a subscription fee for customers.
The Perfect Smart Home Is One That Learns From You
The last segment believes that a smart home should be able to learn from the customer. A smart home should be able to learn the customers’ preferences and adjust its settings according to the customer’s taste.
For example, a person might want their living room to be warm when they are watching a movie or cooler when they are reading a book. A smart home should adjust the temperature according to the customer’s preference. The customer should also be able to tell the smart home system what kind of music they want to listen to. For example, a person might want to listen to classical music while reading a book or they might want to listen to some hip-hop while they are watching TV.
Wraparound Views Are Needed In All Homes
In order to make a smart home, we need a smart home device. However, to use a device, it is crucial that you are in the same room with it. What if you want to use your smart light bulbs in a dark room or want to listen to your music player in a sound-proof room?
The last segment believes that you need a wide-angle camera or an indoor camera to view the person when they are in their room. You also need a voice assistant to help you control your smart home. The ideal smart home would have cameras on each side of the room, a wide-angle camera to look into the room and help the smart home device to identify where the person is and a remote control for the smart home device. This way, the smart home device should be able to adjust the lighting, temperature and music according to the person’s preferences.
In the end, the ideal smart home doesn’t have to have every single feature listed above. It should have the features that make your life easier! If you want to read more on the topic of smart homes, we recommend this blog https://mamaisonconnectee.net/