Dreamers have often dreamed of home as a place where your every need was met instantly. Movies, TV shows and sitcoms have just as often predicted when technology would allow devices to interact with each other. Some of the scenarios are a bit scary, while other scenarios make sense. Smart house technology has its premise in these dreams of the future.

It wasn’t that long ago when everything was done manually. In recent years however the movement has been to create ways to simplify life even more in the home. For many the concept of the smart house is a long time coming. Newer technology has made it possible to program and direct appliances to turn on and off, regulate electricity usage and enhance security.

The new Internet of Things concept coined in 1999 when the Internet was a new tool to most people soon gained traction as new technologies were born. The possibilities became endless as new discoveries were made in the manufacturing, testing and procurement industries. Robotics also made inroads in creating a smoother and cleaner environment.

The ideal of having a home that was responsible to your every whim is increasingly becoming a reality. Smart houses are definitely the way of the future for the following reasons:

1) Houses are increasingly becoming more interconnected through the Internet and connected appliances.

2) Face recognition software and other keyless entry software will become the norm as more homeowners realize the ease and enhanced security features.

3) Centralized entertainment systems are in the “horizon” as more people “sign off” on cable television services.

4) Energy consumption can be regulated with automated personal controls of appliances, heating and air conditioning units.

5) Robotics is getting more sophisticated with cleaning and small tasks.

It doesn’t take much effort to understand why this is happening. Home automation tools have been around for a very long time. Science fiction stories have speculated that technology someday would run a household more efficiently than a human being could run one. This is definitely in the future as more and more people become dependent on technology to run and operate their appliances, machinery and eventually their lives.

So, it’s also very understandable that some research has gone on to lessen the impact of all this new technology. This means that you have the ability to take back control over your home. You can lessen the impact a smart house will have on your life by:

1) Deciding to unplug or not connect some of your devices to your existing network

2) Deciding not to purchase a connected appliance or turn off that feature

3) Instead of having one centralized network, go for multiple networks

The beauty of having a centralized automated system is that you can control all your devices with one remote. It is also quite easy for a hacker to gain control of your devices.

Smart house technology is not a fad, but is a growing reality that technicians and scientists are working on today. In the very near future there will be technology that monitors inhabitants and alerts emergency situations automatically. Wearable technology has already made the connections and saved many lives. Wearable technology also has the potential to connect with home security systems and regulate temperature. Kevin Foreman believes that in the very near future homes will be intelligent enough to recognize its inhabitants by their heartbeats.

It’s not inconceivable a notion that smart home technology will increase exponentially as more people become dependent on it for security, comfort and entertainment. It is good to think about the impact of smart home technology on the environment. The consensus is that for now smart home technology has lessened the environment impact by monitoring energy consumption and temperature control. Tomorrow has endless possibilities for the home.


By: Vincent Stokes