The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is showing off the latest smart home devices. Smart home devices are those home products or systems that can be controlled remotely through your computer or smartphone. Home furnishing, design and builders know they are the future of our home living but for now, we consumers are just beginning to understand their presence and value.
Some smart home devices include refrigerators that will be able to tell you what you need at the grocery store, what food needs to be thrown out and if you have everything you need for tonight’s dinner. You can be at the grocery store, log into your refrigerator through your smart phone app and “talk” to it regarding what sort of groceries you need.
There are broader smart home devices such as home lighting that will follow you through the house and light where necessary while turning off those lights you don’t need. That eliminates waste and saves money. You can program your light system so it knows when you will be leaving and coming home so it knows when it needs to be ready to light the house when you arrive and turn off when you leave.
Home security systems can notify you at work whether they detect something unusual. And these systems can teach themselves to differentiate real irregularities at your home. It can self teach itself that your dog “Ruh-Roh” is a regular member of the household thus poses no risk so will not alert you if you have motion sensors. I wonder if they could alert me if he’s nosing in the trash or on the couch where he’s not supposed to be. That would be a great feature.
It is a part of the learning algorithm application that smart home devices are integrating into their systems and products and that consumers want. These systems will learn your patterns and apply them to their devices to automatically alert you or respond to your actions to eliminate daily programming.
Companies are also trying to integrate a voice automated system as well so you can instruct your home on voice commands. You come home, ask your computer to pre-heat the oven, make sure to coordinate with the refrigerator that you have the right ingredients while you tell it to change the temperature of your house to be more comfortable then ask it to go through your latest e-mails/texts and alert you of anything important sent from your family.
It’s a whole new world that CES introduces us to so we’re passing along the future of your home to you because one day in the near future, these smart home devices will be standard in wherever you live.
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