In the past decade, we have seen major advancements in home automation technology. From smart lighting to major appliances, we can now automate our homes from our smartphone or program our routines so smart products adjust automatically.
This trend will likely continue into the following decade and will be available in more homes as home automation products become more affordable. The question is: What can we expect from home automation in the next 10 years?
Smart Technology Sensors with Recognition and Response
Right now, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and water leak detectors are the most common atmospheric smart devices in today’s homes. However, they rely on a single location and can only provide information as to which detector is going off and why.
Expect these devices to become smaller and more cost effective to be placed in more locations throughout the home. Smoke and heat sensors in smart electric outlets would help identify the exact location of smoke or fire and cut off power at the source and inform emergency response teams of the situation.
This could help save many homes and lives in the event of an appliance fire. Sensors will become more fully integrated into home automation as technology improves.
Security Cameras with Recognition Software
Today’s security cameras are capable of determining if a person or animal crosses the camera’s path. This will trigger an alert on your smartphone so you can view the camera remotely. Home security will grow by leaps and bounds in the next 10 years.
One of the most anticipated technologies of home automation will be in object recognition and facial recognition software in home security. It is possible for a security camera to scan the face of a person and identify them. At that point, it can notify you who is on the camera and ask you if you would like to contact authorities.
This will help identify potential criminals and help you monitor family members as they enter and exit the home. Parents will know when their child arrives home from school, which child arrived, and if anyone entered the home with them. Facial recognition software will help automate smart home security substantially in the next decade.
WIFI Connected Small Appliances
There are already large appliances, such as refrigerators and ranges, that allow you to control the appliance remotely. This trend will likely continue into the next decade with small home tech like smart thermostats, virtual assistants, and even vacuums. You will be able to brew coffee from your bed or home office or check to see if you turned off an appliance when you left your home.
Better yet, you will be able to receive alerts that an appliance was left on for an unusual amount of time and has been turned off for your safety. This automation will effectively save homes and lives, reduce insurance rates, and save energy.
The Future of Home Automation
It is no surprise that home automation will continue to grow in the next decade. As automation technology advances and becomes more affordable, more homes will be able to take advantage of the safety and convenience it will offer.