IoT and Artificial Intelligence for connected living

“Adam, make me a good coffee”

Yes you heard right! Pretty soon this is what you will be saying to your coffee maker machine.Or some other time, you are entering your home at 7 P.M and your home lighting automatically switches to your favorite colors and player starts playing your favorite track.

We’ve been able to ask a question to Siri or Google. Why not do the same with each and every device? Gone are the days, when you used to manually control your home appliances. It’s time for artificial intelligence based IoT smart homes. You might feel that IoT and artificial intelligence are too cliche topics,but the real fun lies in exploring them together.

At the heart of IoT is networking of devices and connecting them to the internet. Just controlling the devices is not the main purpose of IoT as it seems,rather they generate vast amount of data. Gartner predicted that 21 billion IoT nodes(devices) will be connected to Internet by 2020,though there is no limit on number of devices. So the future, data coming from the sensors will multiply manifold. Hence, there will be an ecosystem of all kinds of data. It’s simply impossible for humans to review such deluge of data. Here, AI comes into the picture! As more and more devices will be connected, more data will be generated. AI can be used to make inference out of this data, predicting upcoming events based on complex analysis algorithms.This will hold extremely valuable insight into what’s working well or what’s not. With the recurring control(IoT) and analyse(AI) process,devices become smarter over the time.

London based startup, AI-build is developing the Smart home-hub prototype on the similar grounds.The startup wants to make home automation more natural and intuitive.It plans to build its systems by ‘teachable’ and ‘adaptive’ programming to instruct its home. Current trends of home automation model rely on apps for merely controlling various devices such as AC,player, fridge etc..and mobile apps take multiple steps to activate the devices.You unlock your phone, open the app, tell it to turn on a specific light. But, in AI, instead of using a phone or remote control,you can use your natural language to control the things. To felicitate this it will use algorithms for self learning. Means over the time you use the system,it will adapt to your natural gestures and behave according to your idiosyncrasies.

Home automation segment is rapidly moving towards open source.Most home automation systems run on Linux hubs and have fairly open API’s for development. Mycroft is an example of open source smart linux based hub,which was crowdfunded on kickstarter a year ago. Mycroft also offers voice control based on Raspberry Pi and Ubuntu core. Along with entire source code Mycroft also provides API’s and development boards so that developers can add new capabilities integrating more and more smart products as well as services. Development boards are also open source and expandable. In coming years, the open source movement will lead to an integration of millions of home devices into IoT ecosystem which are currently isolated from the internet. More the devices and data in the stock, more powerful the AI would be….! So, Mycroft,Google home,Amazon Echo and several other AI based automation companies are moving towards AI analytics,where system will be more autonomous and self learning. The devices can operate without needing any smartphone app. Everything is becoming open source in home automation,so there’s plenty of opportunities for the innovators.

In spite of fast paced development, IoT is still immature to be embraced by people.Lot of real life experiments and pilot projects are required to achieve its full potential. Also in the period of burgeoning market,IoT and AI are prone to security threats. As every device will be networked to internet,they are vulnerable to malware and hackers across the world. But developers are aware of such threats and developing countermeasures for full proof technology.

In future, developing more natural language capabilities will help to unleash the full potential of IoT homes, allowing humans to communicate directly with devices. IoT and AI enthusiast should look forward to a future where both the technologies are evolving hand in hand. As one technology flourishes, more opportunities will arise for other. So, be the part of upcoming era and contribute your intelligence for innovating the ‘Smart Homes’.