Today, every aspect of our lives is connected by technology. From the phone you use to the car you drive. IKEA has even taken it a step further by introducing “IKEA home smart” a new division of IKEA focused on generating revenue through home products integrated with technology. Technology at home is nothing new with smart fridges and thermostats that can be controlled with just a cell phone being commonplace for the past few years. But how does a smart home work and why has it recently become appealing.
To understand the appeal of a smart home we must first examine the concept known as the internet of things (IoT). The IoT refers to the connection of every device and item to the internet. This relates to Smart homes because obviously more devices are becoming connected to the internet each day. So what is a Smart Home? When people think of a smart home they think of a completely white futuristic home that is automated in every aspect. Yet smart homes are becoming more popular with the growth of the automation industry.
Smart home technology first began in 1975 when a Scotland company designed a product that allowed devices in a home to talk through wires. Since then the use of wireless networks has become more practical for home devices due to signal strength and proximity. Smart homes offer many benefits that not only include ease of use but also efficiency. Smart homes can drastically reduce electricity bills when lights can automatically shut off or when heating and air conditioning can be controlled.
Bill Gates owns one of the world’s top smart homes costing around $100 million to build. Every person within the home has an electronic chip which allows devices such as lights and even the television to turn on wherever you walk. The chip also tracks your activities and can adjust to your preferences.
Smart homes are becoming increasingly common. As people are beginning to understand the benefits of smart home devices, more devices are being purchased. For example, 39 million Americans now own an Amazon Alexa with over 100 million sold. The future uses of smart homes are endless, from timed alarms to fully automated kitchens smart homes represent the collision of technological innovation with everyday life.
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