Guest post by Luke Pensworth
Remember back in the days when you were watching The Jetsons and saw these cool automatic appliances and stuff inside their home and thought to yourself, "Wow, I hope I'll get to see that someday." Well, that "someday" is now and it is in quite a handful of households around the world.
Today, we'll be looking at how the Internet of Things (IoT) is making a huge mark on smart homes.
The Future is Now
As the world gets older, technology gets smarter. We're finally looking at homes that do not need keys or manually turning on the faucet anymore. Everything is automated and simplified for the purpose of comfort.
You've seen it in sci-fi movies - controlling the house with a clap, with a push of a button or with a smartphone. But those movies are slowly turning into a reality. While we still haven't gotten the fully-fledged smart home from ceiling to floor, it's only a matter of time before we're truly living in the future, sleeping on a bed that adjusts to your comfort level while the ceiling is showing off calming displays of nature to help you snooze better.
Amazon Alexa and Google Home should be considered as the first steps into truly making a home very "futuristic". While both cannot do many functions besides having control of smart home appliances, it won't be long until they can have the ability to gain authority of everything - even your phone and car.
The only thing missing now is hologram technology. Because the next thing we need is a cute Japanese maid that acts as an AI buddy that can clean the house and cook food through smart home technologies.
As of today, you still need your buddy internet with you to make smart home appliances work. It doesn't matter what ISP you want or have; as long as you can connect to the world wide web, you'll get to utilize your smart home.
An Easier Life
"Automatic" is a very common term in smart homes. Automatic doors, automatic fridges, automatic TVs, they're all under the IoT. Forget about finding your remote; all you need is talk through the home's voice command to turn on the television or PC. Left your keys somewhere in the bedroom? That's alright, the smart home has an eye and fingerprint scanners anyway. Had to go to the bathroom but there are no tissues? Well, the toilet will do the cleaning for you.
Stronger Home Security
Now you and your family will feel safer than ever before. Home security companies these days are adapting to the modern household by embracing advanced technology. Automated alarms, knobless doors, sturdy windows, and even heat signatures will keep baddies away from your house.
Doorbells can now record who's on your front porch and see who was the last person outside your house.
Simple But Complex
While IoTs in smart homes will make your life easier, it will also get harder. Yes, it's quite ironic; obviously, as technology gets more complex, so will the maintenance. Of course, manufacturers are only going to show off the good features but there's always room for flaws.
What if your front door can't be opened because there was a glitch in the scanner and had no alternative key access? What if you let Alexa have the power over everything inside but she stops responding?
Sure, you can try to fix them but you're going to need some serious knowledge and skill to do that. Naturally, you'll need to call in a repairman; however, payment will be costly as this is more than just repairing the water pipes.
In addition to its complex technology, payment will be complicated too. You know how latest technologies go; the more advanced, the more expensive. Companies will definitely give you various payment methods until you soon realize having a manual home has lesser monetary situations.
It will take a long time until smart homes become available to the general public and manufacturers creating more cost-efficient techs.
Prone to Cyberterrorism and EMP Attacks
Okay, maybe we're overreacting a little bit here but on a realistic scale, it can be bound to happen if there's someone cruel enough to hack into the system or activate an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) that will disable your smart home and all surrounding devices.
Contrary to what we said earlier about better home security, if someone has a very high IQ on hacking and using EMP, they can breach any smart home. But don't be alarmed; it takes a supervillain or a highly smart evil genius to do all that. Common crooks wouldn't be able to penetrate your home at all - not even a scratch.
It won't be soon before long until everything inside the house has an IoT to control it. Smart home technologies are obviously expensive but there will come a time where everyone can afford at least one smart home appliance.
The only thing we might see soon are flying cars and real androids.