There was a time, not so long ago, when the fantastic worlds shown on programs like The Jetsons, and Star Trek existed solely as works of science fiction.
“Spock… Do you see? The future. Is. Home Automation …”
Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the futuristic societies of both shows seemed beyond the immediate reach of human technologic advancement. Still, these incredible feats of human ingenuity captured our imaginations. There’s a reason why natural language queries, and tablet computers first envisioned on Star Trek exist today in the form of Siri, and the iPad. Even some of the more outlandish inventions these shows displayed exist today, from real-time language translators, to 3D-printed food, and jetpacks.
It’s almost as if these items were plucked from the realm of science fiction. Still, though we haven’t quite reached the point where teleporters, or robotic maids are staples in suburban households, we have reached a point where mechanical work is being increasingly automated within our homes through smart programming and devices.
The Wonders of Home Automation
Home automation is exactly what it sounds like: automating the ability to control all the functions of your home, from adjusting window shades to preheating ovens and everything in between, with the push of a button, or the sound of your voice. This means that commonplace items, and appliances can respond not only to direct commands from your computer or smartphone, but can also automate and schedule occurrences in your home, based on your schedule and habits.
Automating your home comes with a wide range of benefits for customers of all ages, family sizes, and lifestyles. Families with children who forget to turn off the TV or lights when they leave a room can automate these devices to turn off when not in use, saving you some cash when the electric bill arrives. Likewise, a smart, automated thermostat can adjust the temperature of your home throughout the day, keeping you comfortable, and keeping costs down. If your schedule keeps you from seeing your pet for long stretches of time, you can purchase an automated pet feeder to dispense dinner on a regular schedule. You can even automate the locks on your doors to fasten shut at night after a certain time, and rest well, knowing your security measures never sleep.
The Internet of Things
All of this futuristic automation is possible thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), which is a category of everyday items and accessories that has network connectivity. This allows IoT devices to receive and send data to computers, tablets, smartphones, and even other IoT devices. With more IoT tech becoming available in the marketplace everyday, and with more, powerful computing chips available at an ever lowering cost, it is merely a matter of time before you too live in a home populated with smart, automated technology. Are you ready?
While there are many various products available that can automate all types of work in your home, it’s best to rely on the professionals, like those at On Guard Systems, to design your home automation to your custom specifications. Once your automated systems are installed, just sit back, relax, and let your new, smart home take care of the rest for you.