Modern technologies strive to make our life more comfortable. If earlier we had to spend more time washing, cooking, and cleaning, today various gadgets do it for you – a washing machine, a microwave oven or a slow cooker, a robot vacuum cleaner, and others. Smart home technology is constantly improving, which allows us to spend less time on household chores and more attention to family and favorite hobbies. The absolute champion in this industry is Japan, where almost every home has a smart bath that starts to draw warm water at the touch of a button on your smartphone. Today we want to explore how smart home technology has developed and what opportunities it has today.
From time immemorial, people have been trying to create devices that help simplify life. For example, we find the first washing machines in the Middle Ages, long before the advent of electricity.
However, the technological revolution that began at the end of the 20th century and continues to this day has led to the fact that today many household tasks are performed by various devices. At the same time, we can relax and devote time to important and favorite things.
The first telephone was invented in 1876 by Alexander Bell, but it had minimal functionality. Gradually, people had an urgent need to be able to call not only at home but also in any convenient place. And with the advent of the Internet, people wanted access to the necessary information, videos, or pictures in their pockets. It isn’t easy to imagine a modern person who needs to learn how to use a smartphone.
As for artificial intelligence, this concept was first introduced in 1956 by John McCarthy. Since then, this technology has constantly been improving, and today it can anticipate our needs in professional activities and everyday life.
All devices that can make decisions based on given data today have the prefix “smart.”
A virtual assistant is a conversational artificial intelligence that works and performs various tasks according to our voice commands. You know them well: Apple has Siri, and Google has OK Google. With their help, we can make the search as easy as possible.
In addition, modern intelligence can simplify authorization as much as possible. No one remembers the possibility of being verified using a fingerprint or voice. These technologies have gone much further. For example, if you have a smart lock installed, you can receive notifications about who visited you and for what reason. Suppose you are not at home, and a girl who sells cookies comes to you. The artificial intelligence will allow her to log in and state the purpose of the visit, send you an alert, and ask how many boxes of cookies you want to buy. You can also remotely send money to a girl on a bank card and find fresh cookies on the doorstep of your house.
For such devices to work correctly, it is imperative to conduct Internet of Things testing. It will allow you to identify and fix errors to get high-quality service quickly.
Smart home technology
Smart home technology emerged in the 2000s. Since then, it has advanced a lot and today covers almost all aspects of life. So, special sensors will tell you if there is a water leak or a fire in the house and that intruders have entered the house. In addition, now you can learn how to control many climate indicators, for example, regulate air temperature and humidity, water temperature, and much more, through your smartphone. While in a traffic jam, you can start the robot vacuum cleaner, and the house will be clean when you arrive.
Thanks to a smart home, you can significantly reduce your electricity and heating consumption. For example, if the whole family spends all day at work or school, there is no need to heat the room all day. You can use your smartphone to control the climate in the house even when you are away.
In addition, if you need to remember to turn off the iron or water in the kitchen, you can also do this using your smartphone.
Thanks to functional testing for mobile devices, technologies improve yearly. Looking to the future, many of us imagine a world where everything is automated. Modern companies are trying to force virtual assistants to move from passive dialogues to active ones. If they wait for requests and respond to them today, they can learn to offer users those services that can be useful to them in any situation. It can turn into an omnipresent companion.