2020 Homes — A take on how Automated Your Sweet Home could be

2015 is midway, done! Let’s talk about 5 years down the line — not a very futuristic date! But considering the rate at which smart technology is evolving, we are hoping to see a drastic, really drastic changes in the way we currently go about spending our days and nights.

The current players in home automation have brought about wonderful developments. Google has it’s very own NEST to support the morphing smart technology, Apple is already swimming deep its very own HomeKit and Samsung is paddling the surface to figure out its entry mode in the home automation market.

Let’s juggle some numbers

The home automation market is supposed to escalate to $12.81 billion by 2020, embracing a growth rate of 11.36% from 2014 to 2020. 56% American homes are open to the idea of regulating their home operations remotely. This would reportedly give them better peace of mind and a lesser need to say half focussed about what is going on at their homes, while they are at work. Home automation can bring down the energy costs that home owners incur currently.

What do these numbers imply?

An imperative bent of the world population towards automation. In 2013, 1.8 million projects of home automation were undertaken in the US. 2018 is supposed to witness 12 million more such projects according to a report by Clean Technica.

Home automation has actually been there since quite some time now. However, an exponential growth curve has been absent because of stealthy integrated growth of all technologies that are essential for a full-fledged home automation ecosystem’s development. This would include proper IoT frameworks, robust software layers, better connectivity and a communication style that is moulded according to taste of end users.

However, things have changed recently. No other example could be better here than Apple’s Siri. For those who are yet unaware, Siri is an interactive interface between an Apple user and his automated home. So, time to pull down the curtains? Ask Siri and she would do it! Time for the kids to come back from school! Order Siri to switch on the geyser, and she would immediately oblige.

There are a lot more things that Siri can currently do. And there are of course a lot more that she would be taught to execute in the future!

Scope of automation in homes in the future

Currently, a large number of players are active in diverse business offerings collaboratively as far as implementing home automation is concerned. The aim is to automate every fixture accessory that you utilize in your home during your day to day lives. That would include stuff ranging from lights and curtains, through larger utilities like washing machines, room heaters and water heaters to security products and surveillance gadgets.

So typically, if you have an automated home, you would be able to control every small comfort that your home has to provide without actually being there to switch on or switch off things. Good news for all the lazy couch leeches like myself, who would rather sleep off with the lights on than switching them off manually! An automated home would be intelligent enough to collect your likes, dislikes and tastes and create a home environment according to that. For example, when you switch your television on, your smart home would automatically dim the lights and pull down the curtains to make a dark environment favourable for your eyes.

There is a lot of scope for development when we talk about automating a home completely. Progress is being made quickly as more and more number of OEMs and utility manufacturers are embracing the concept and remodelling their business to suit the need.

Bringing in collaboration among all the manufacturing and integrating entities involved is, however, the most glaring challenge. An automated home ecosystem would make vigorous use of the Internet of Things and a robust cloud structure to operate properly. Bringing all these aspects into a prospective, integrating each trailing unit with the head of the next, a continuously functional devices’ mesh, testing them for a superlative output and promising quick fixes in case of breakdown — all this constitute a huge challenge as well as a potent opportunity.

The future would view IoT and automation not like it were a luxury, it would be a way of life, something you are born with and expect to live with. It would sound more like breathing oxygen and drinking water for our future generations.

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