3 things about smart homes showing/pointing out to the future
It’s 2018 now so this article can become reality at any time. What are the prospects regarding home automatization? What is definite is that the ‘Internet of things’ trend is going to grow. This means that electronic appliances surrounding you will be connected and available through the internet. Common data transfer formats such as Bluetooth, wifi or z-wave used in everyday IT will get more and more widespread alongside bespoke patents. Items worn as accessories or used at home will become smarter aiming to make our life more convenient.
The question is: to what extent can this be taken further? How long is it worth using such items? Will you turn into the slave of something that is supposed to assist you in your everyday life? Don’t think too seriously, just remember the feeling of “I need to put my smart phone on the charger”. This idea is in your head every day and becomes habitual.
1) The flat surface= the monitor/screen
It is expected now that high tech gadgets will use flat surfaces surrounding you with displayed data.
However, what if information appears before your eyes? There have already been tests, but the real breakthrough is likely to happen once technology has shrunk to the size of easy-to-wear glasses.
2) Robots think instead of humans
Research on artificial intelligence has been introduced into everyday life in some elementary forms. Apple’s Siri and Google’s voice based search can do a lot of basic and routine tasks instead of you… in theory. For me it mainly worked in a quiet environment and with perfect English pronunciation. While experimenting I realised that what I can get from the AI experience is audio books in my mother language during my runs. Now my smart phone, with a robot voice but clearly can read them out. (link for settings)
Computers that have the potential for keeping you company have not arrived but the concept of the film She shows the future, maybe not tomorrow but the day after tomorrow.
3) You measure everything
Fitness gadgets measure everything related to motion, home thermostats can even analyse the content of the air, your scales tell you your up-to-date BMI. Most of this data can be used smartly if it is examined in relation and you are not interested in momentary figures. For example, on a fitness device I mainly monitor time during my work out, but I am also interested in distance, especially when timed. It is crucial to find a balance and get only as much data as we can deal with. A lot of smart devices are programmed to display their full potential even though you do not need it. A personal example the data I focus on and when:
- during my run I only watch the time
I check the kilometres I have run weekly
- as for the scales I check the graph for any change
- in case of the thermostat I expect permanency but I am glad when it indicates that CO2 levels are too high so I can air the place
The near-future, or what devices I am expecting….
I’m expecting a thermometer that will make an easy job easier. We’ve been treating our mercury thermometer as a precious piece of treasure since electric ones are really unreliable in indicating fever.
I’m also expecting a door knocker the brilliance of which lies in its simplicity. I regard it as a necessity in home automatization- when it is available.