Intelligent Homes and The Internet of Things
Technology is advancing at a dizzying rate yet we see this mainly through the devices we hold in our hand. In the not-too-distant future technology will make a dramatic and permanent appearance in homes. When this happens it’ll dramatically alter the way we live our day-to- day lives. So what does the future hold for technology and the Internet of Things in the intelligent home?
The Internet of Things is already slowly creeping into our lives; technology that allows us to set the thermostat at home whilst on our journey back is already commonplace but this is only the start. Intelligence is the key word that should be used when discussing predictions for homes in the future. Our homes will learn about our settings, routines and daily lives. They’ll read our body language and facial expressions. Not only will the technology be able to perceive this information but it’ll make informed judgements based upon it. Phones, tablets and computers will be less common as work surfaces and walls will become interactive touchscreens.
We all have our daily routines and this won’t be any different with our intelligent homes. We’ll wake up at a certain time, get ready as we normally would and take the everyday journey to work. However, if there are delays, cancellations or roadworks then we’ll be woken early to accommodate the additional journey time. Our wardrobes will cross reference the weather forecast and recommend suitable outfits. If you’re running low on milk, your fridge will automatically order it from your supermarket of choice. If you have specific food which is nearing its expiration, then there’ll be recommended recipes that will help use these up and keep wastage to a minimum. If you’ve invited friends over for a dinner party, your hob will notify you of the correct portion sizes based on the guest list and will stay updated with any last minute cancellations.
Too Much Information?
There’s an argument that this technology could be a little overbearing. Full automation could lead to a feeling of not being in control. This is a valid point and the likelihood is that you’d be able to choose and adjust the level of automation offered by the home. As technology evolves, so does information protection. It also shouldn’t be forgotten that this technology won’t suddenly appear in our homes tomorrow. The process of integration will be gradual and continually ongoing. Besides, the benefits far outweigh the initial fears.
It’s believed that by the year 2036 our homes will monitor our vital signs daily. If there are any issues that need to be resolved, our GPs (general practitioners) will be immediately notified with the information they need to resolve the problem effectively. A video link via a wall or mirror will make appointments easier to obtain and will ensure any ailments are dealt with. People are living longer and therefore will be more likely to suffer with mobility and memory issues. This technology in our home will lift the pressure on carers and families, ultimately allowing vulnerable individuals to be more independent. Regular prompts will ensure that we look after ourselves better and don’t forget the important things.
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