The smart homes of the future are now here

28 January 2015

Imagine being at work and being able to use you mobile phone to remotely control the lighting and appliances in your home. Or being able to check you’ve turned off your iron as you drive away from your garage, or even turning on your stove to pre-heat dinner before you’ve even reached the front door.

It’s all possible in a smart home. 

Smart homes are fully automated and linked to smart technologies, such as smart grids and smart meters. Smart homes can exist without these other technologies, but when all three combine it provides greater control over energy use. 

With the trend of digitisation, more and more every day devices are being designed to have smart capabilities, taking smart homes from the realms of a science fiction novel to real life. 

Just think, our appliances could one day be developed with sensors and connectivity, working together to understand what we’re doing, and working automatically to make our lives easier.1  

Whether that’s using technology to let us know when our fridge has run out of a particular product (and maybe even placing a delivery order for us), or to automatically switch off our lights using sensors when we leave the room, the options really are endless. 

From an energy perspective, we may also be able to control the electricity generated from rooftop solar panels being fed back into the grid, or simply switch appliances on and off remotely to take advantage of off-peak electricity rates. 

There’s lots of research being undertaken at the moment, with new products hitting the market all the time. With solutions aimed at everything from reducing your energy bills to simply making your life easier; it’s a trend that we can expect to continue.2

Go inside this smart home which is fully automated with mobile technology:

Imagine being at work, and being able to use you mobile phone to remotely control the lighting and appliances in your home. Or imagine being able to check you’ve turned off your iron as you drive away from your garage, or even turning on your stove to pre-heat dinner before you’ve even reached the front door. 
It’s all possible in a smart home. 
Smart homes are fully automated and linked to smart technologies, such as smart grids and smart meters. Smart homes can exist without these other technologies, but when all three combine it provides greater control over energy use. 
With the trend of digitisation, more and more every day devices are being designed to have ‘smart’ capabilities, taking smart homes from the realms of a science fiction novel to real life. 
Just think, our appliances could one day be developed with sensors and connectivity, working together to understand what we’re doing, and working automatically to make our lives easier.   
Whether that’s using technology to let us know when our fridge has run out of a  particular product (and maybe even placing a delivery order for us), or to automatically switch off our lights using sensors when we leave the room, the options really are endless. 
From an energy perspective, we may also be able to control the electricity generated from rooftop solar panels being fed back into the grid, or simply switch appliances on and off remotely to take advantage of off-peak electricity rates. 
There’s lots of research being undertaken at the moment, with new products hitting the market all the time. With solutions aimed at everything from reducing your energy bills to simply making your life easier; it’s a trend that we can expect to continue. 
Go inside this smart home which is fully automated with mobile technology:

Imagine being at work, and being able to use you mobile phone to remotely control the lighting and appliances in your home. Or imagine being able to check you’ve turned off your iron as you drive away from your garage, or even turning on your stove to pre-heat dinner before you’ve even reached the front door. 

It’s all possible in a smart home. 

Smart homes are fully automated and linked to smart technologies, such as smart grids and smart meters. Smart homes can exist without these other technologies, but when all three combine it provides greater control over energy use. 

With the trend of digitisation, more and more every day devices are being designed to have ‘smart’ capabilities, taking smart homes from the realms of a science fiction novel to real life. 

Just think, our appliances could one day be developed with sensors and connectivity, working together to understand what we’re doing, and working automatically to make our lives easier.   

Whether that’s using technology to let us know when our fridge has run out of a  particular product (and maybe even placing a delivery order for us), or to automatically switch off our lights using sensors when we leave the room, the options really are endless. 

From an energy perspective, we may also be able to control the electricity generated from rooftop solar panels being fed back into the grid, or simply switch appliances on and off remotely to take advantage of off-peak electricity rates. 

There’s lots of research being undertaken at the moment, with new products hitting the market all the time. With solutions aimed at everything from reducing your energy bills to simply making your life easier; it’s a trend that we can expect to continue. 

Go inside this smart home which is fully automated with mobile technology:

 

What is a Smart Home? Video Example of Smart Home Technology in Action...