In the near future, it will be possible to communicate with nearly every device in your home. More importantly the value people will get from communicating with these previously dumb, lifeless things will far outweigh the costs of learni...
In the near future, it will be possible to communicate with nearly every device in your home. More importantly the value people will get from communicating with these previously dumb, lifeless things will far outweigh the costs of learning their language. They will be able to capture data, communicate vital information to us that we wouldn’t otherwise know and even act when different events take place.
And when enough of these devices are connected to the Internet, we will be able to choreograph them to work together based on our specific needs. While many people have labeled this forthcoming revolution the “internet of things,” a more accurate description is the “programmable world.”
This wave of technology will wash over us and have an impact on every object that is tied to security, safety, energy use and convenience. Your home will start thinking and be able to detect the presence of people, pets, cars, smoke, humidity, moisture, lighting, temperature, vibration, angle, and movement. Objects will get to know you and start learning your habits.
The programmable world is in its very early stages but it’s gathering strength. Its inevitability is being driven by three complementary trends: first and foremost, the smartphone revolution; second, improved standards for low-power, inexpensive and highly reliable wireless communications; and finally, ever-decreasing barriers to invention due to increased automation of manufacturing technologies.
These three forces are converging to create a tipping point that will lead to mass penetration of connected devices in homes during the next ten years.
Building homes aware of their owners
Many of the secondary implications of massive technology waves are unpredictable, but we are able to see the core impact of the programmable world will have on our homes and lives.
First, we will have total knowledge and control of our homes in the palms of our hands – anywhere in the world. Just as we now check our email on our phones, we will soon be able to use our smartphones or tablets to control all of the lights, appliances, locks, and thermostats in our homes. We will know who is home, what’s happening in certain rooms and whether there are potential dangers like unexpected movement when we’re not there. This last point is a big one.
Consider that, according to a recent Forbes article , only 16 percent of households have a security system despite 85 percent of consumers wanting one. Making it easier for anyone to monitor and control their homes from a distance will have massive implications. Future home monitoring technologies will not only be more reasonably priced and more compatible with other platforms than today’s security systems; they will also be able to prevent potential risks from becoming disasters – both in and outside our homes.
Smart systems will be able to automatically call the police when intruders are detected. They could also send you immediate alerts when leaks are detected, when valuable items move, or when the kids try to access off-limits cabinets or areas of the house. The programmable world won’t just make our homes smarter; it will make them more secure.
Second, the everyday objects and things we know so well will get to know us, too. Lights will know just how bright you like our bedroom when you’re waking up. The coffee maker will know when you’re in the shower so it can start brewing your morning cup just the way you like it. And the dog’s collar won’t just know what time you leave for work each day, but also it could remind you to feed Barkley if you reach for the door before filling his bowl.
Programmable houses create greener worlds
The intuitive, intelligent home has led many to equate the programmable world as offering a sort of Jetsons-style convenience, but it also offers a far more meaningful possibility: widespread energy conservation.
It’s long been established we can reduce up to 30 percent of energy emissions simply by turning household electronics, applianc