With the advent of the Age of Technology, connected devices and smart gadgets have taken over our daily lives and made things more convenient. Right from our phones doubling up as Personal Assistants to offices being compressed into portable hand-held gadgets, in the present day, technology is a basic necessity to lead an optimum life. With creativity driving new innovations, there is no dearth in new products in multiple sectors; and one of the upcoming markets for smart innovations is home automation.
Today, with most people looking for optimum convenience when doing up their home, the concept of home automation or smart homes has been picking up steam steadily in India. A smart home is easier to maintain, has better security and is simple to monitor and also makes your life easier. While most of us know what a smart home is, the question here is how to make a smart home, especially when there are a multitude of options and functions to choose from.
Begin by looking the basic things you need based on your lifestyle and look at what kind of features and products you want. You could also start with some basic products to begin your home’s ‘smart’ makeover and keep on adding to it over time.
One of the most advanced segments under smart homes is security. Your home’s safety can now be easily ensured and monitored by installing smart locks, CCTV cameras, video door phones which are connected to apps and are also password protected. This way your home is literally a safe haven for you and your family and you can keep a check on everything through your phones anywhere, anytime.
A smart home needs a smart interior décor, not just in terms of aesthetics but also functionality. And one of the prerequisites of smart interiors is smart lighting. There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to lighting with motion sensor lights, coloured lights, curtains that are connected to apps to let in natural light. Such lighting options are convenient and energy efficient as they can be switched on and off and customised to suit your mood and events with just a tap, or even a voice command.
With Artificial Intelligence being the talk of the decade, a lot of devices have been introduced to have a personal home assistant to take care of your numerous daily tasks. Such devices are handy to get information about your social calendars, to do lists, general knowledge, music, etc. through just one command. These devices are designed keeping in mind spaces and are very compact and super-efficient.
When setting up a home, entertainment plays a key aspect in the planning as good entertainment is something that most of us look forward to at the end of a long day, as well as when hosting a great house party. Well planned spaces give you the benefit of well-planned systems and set up your wireless speakers, game zones, smart TVs, etc.
Today, there are options like refrigerators that detect the expiry date of your products and send you alerts about it as well as even sense when fresh produce is going bad. Apart from this, even your taps can be upgraded to automatically sense water failure or leaks and turn off to ensure zero wastage of water. Even your coffee makers can be linked to your alarm so that it can start preparing your morning coffee as soon as you wake up. Even cleaning is now an easy task as there are multiple appliances that you can customise and control through your screens and use just the right amount of water needed.
Smart homes are the way to go when it comes to your future as they ensure optimum safety, comfort and energy usage. And with new developments happening at a rapid pace each day in this field, smart homes are literally the future when it comes to home décor.
(The Author is Director of The Baya Company)