The Future of Home Automation
Home automation and the integration of technology is quickly becoming the norm for new home construction! From thermostats that learn your patterns to alarm systems that automatically activate when you leave a pre set area – we’ve only scratched the surface of the possibilities that lay ahead.
The OnHive team are experts in home automation and have been installing a variety of new technologies for new home builds, as well as retrofitting existing homes. In our first collaboration, they’re going to be explaining the current state of smart homes, and a look into the future.
Can the value in investing into smart products or a smart home currently be justified? Simply put, yes. The movement of connected things is more or less in its third iteration. Transition from push commands is evolving towards voice commands with the implementation of digital assistants such as: Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana or Google’s Assistant. By the end of 2018, the interaction between these assistants will be prominent and a natural action to most Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z’s.
Currently, the smart home automation market lacks a platform or ecosystem where products from numerous developers/manufacturers can interact with each other coherently. Hence, all the tech giants have opened developer programs with a sudden urgency to allow smart home product manufacturers in the market to integrate to their platform. Rightfully so, considering iconic research and marketing firms such as Gartner Inc. and McKinsey & Company predict between 20-30 billion connected smart home devices to be online by 2020 with continuous growth in the year following. Therefore, perceived demand and potential to lead the race in this market has amplified research and product development at rapid pace.
Both consumers and businesses will have to adapt to the changing market as it always has; the future of connected spaces is here to stay and being shaped right before our eyes. Automakers, home appliance manufacturers and all the major tech giants are leading the change by shifting their focus on delivering staple consumer products with connected features. Soon all major product purchases such as a homes, cars and appliances will all have interconnectivity and online capability.
Based on current trends, it’s likely that the homes of the future will transition towards adapting to the owner’s preferences through habitual learning by closely studying their tendencies in various decision- making scenarios based on emotional state and present condition. The housewill react to the owner, instead of the owner having to push a button on a device or voice a command to fulfill a desired outcome. How is this possible?
Well there are multiple points of intersections:
1. as cars and homes become more connected, the same voice assistants mentioned above will likely be available in both ecosystems – here’s where a lot of information, tendencies and preference will be collected and gathered through various interactions
2. Morale and present conditions can be gathered by the any of the above mentioned assistant’s through specific questions, the owner’s wearable device (Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, Apple Watch, and Samsung Gear etc.) and sensors within cars
3. Infusion of A.I. algorithm creating more succinct human-robot interactions with intelligent learning capabilities.
As these systems evolve, smart home service companies and system integrators will be desired by end users for consultation, package integration, installation and transition. Albeit, one may conclude we are likely two or three iterations away. It is important to note that in this era of technological revolution and vested interest by large corporations such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Samsung and the sudden explosion of Start-ups leading this transition in a joint effort… it will likely be a lot sooner than expected.