The smart home industry is one of the fastest growing markets on the planet right now. That’s probably because it has become extremely cost effective in recent years and in some cases can actually save more money on electricity than it costs to install. Especially since most smart home tech is extremely easy to install, uses wireless technology, and doesn’t require anyone to come in and professionally install the appliances.
For now though, most smart home appliances and applications are more like add-on’s and accessories than home integrations. Eventually a lot of smart home tech we’re seeing today will likely be included in new homes as often as you see light switches and dishwashers. So what will this future of smart technology look like?
Digital Homes Have Digital Risks
Most of our concerns about privacy are due to exposing our digital footprint for the sake of convenience. Things like keylogging and login page spoofing can put your social security number or your password at risk, but what happens when our entire home is connected to outside services? Sure having your home connected with security cameras and smart home security systems can help combat this risk, but there’s always a chance that someone figures out how to crack open that smart lock on your front door. Likely security companies like Protect America will continue to have failsafe’s in place that prevent someone from entering your home just because they have accessing your smart lock, but it would still be an unsettling scenario. An even scarier concept is having a guest write down you router or modem admin information and gaining access to every module connected to your home.
Improved Interconnected Devices
For now, most smart home setups are made up of an assortment of only partially connected devices that are usually not part of the master design of the home. Eventually more connectivity would mean that your home would do things like remind you if you left the door unlocked, the lights on, the fridge open, and so on without having to program custom IFTTT commands. While connecting your entire home can be accomplished today, generally it takes a lot of work requires the use of 3rd party apps for most of the smart devices and then connecting everything to a central hub, it would be far from perfect.
More Dynamic and Powerful Artificial Intelligence
Artificially intelligence is already being used in a lot of smart home tech. One example that is part of why the industry is growing so fast is how effectively smart thermostats are saving money by learning habits and automatically adjusting or deactivating accordingly. Using Ai in things like surveillance could also add a lot more opportunity for automation. For example, if facial recognition becomes reliable enough you could use it for things like automatically unlocking the door or alerting you that someone unrecognized is on the property. Or more trivial tasks like warn you that the grass is getting low and automatically ordering a law cutting service.
Expanded Use Cases and Diagnostics
Right now a lot of the focus in the smart home industry is on security and energy conservation. Eventually however, once more appliances and sensors will be in communication together, deeper analytical use cases like diagnostics and predictive use cases should emerge. A random example might be a smart outlet noticing a shift in the energy consumption of an appliance like a dishwasher and predicting a problem before it happens.
House Wide Smart Applications and Data Sharing
I used an example earlier about using your AI enhanced camera to detect when the lawn needs to be mowed and automatically sending a lawn care service to your home. In the future we will likely see a lot more of these services start to emerge. Another example that you might even see right now is having your refrigerator automatically order groceries. Since a lot of companies will gain from this data, likely they will create incentives for the growth of this technology and encourage consumers to use it.
Augmented Reality Design
Another big part of the smart home industry is going to be the ability to use augmented reality to accomplish interior design digitally. Or have custom parts measured and designed from across seas with nothing but a picture and a coffee mug to reference the size of the rest of the room.
The future of smart homes is a bright one, but as it emerges we have to be extra careful to make sure that our devices and homes are secure. The smarter and more connected they become, the more vulnerable they are, that’s why getting a connected home security system is so important. Having a cutting edge smart home security system with fails safe’s shipped directly to your door like Protect America’s security system will give you peace of mind while keeping your home safe from any type of intrusion. Get a free quote with Protect America today and make your home and family safer and smarter.