The promise of “the home of tomorrow” is by no means a new concept. While this ‘home of tomorrow’ may have been something as simple as a vacuum cleaner or Frigidaire (yes, it was a thing) in the early 20th Century, things have moved on considerably with the advent of electronically harnessed Home Automation technology.
So, what is Home Automation?
A home automation system typically connects controlled devices to a central hub or “gateway”. The user interface for control of the system uses wall-mounted terminals, tablets, desktop computers, a mobile phone application, or a Web interface, that may also be accessible off-site through the Internet. It’s an evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT).
The possibilities are endless! You’ve no doubt seen ads for wifi connected light bulbs and thermostats. These allow you to turn them on and off no matter where you are in the world.
Though, it doesn’t stop there. What if you could have your garage door open as you drive down the street? Or, switch on the lights or close the curtains in various parts of your home when you are away? Forgot to run the pool pump? No problem, just send a command from your phone from wherever you may be. This isn’t the future, all of these things are already a reality.
According to Li et al. (2016) there are three generations of home automation:
• First generation: wireless technology with proxy server, e.g. ZigBee automation;
• Second generation: artificial intelligence controls electrical devices, e.g. Amazon Echo;
• Third generation: robot buddy who interacts with humans, e.g. Robot Rovio, Roomba.
We are well into the second generation of home automation and the third generation is just around the corner.
The home automation market was worth an estimated US$5.77 billion in 2013 and it’s predicted to reach a market value of US$12.81 billion by the year 2020.
CZ Electronics already has its eye on Home Automation technology in fact, we have trialled and tested a number of solutions we felt might work for our market. The key metric is affordability and whilst the price of this technology is constantly reducing, we haven’t yet hit that sweet spot.
We’re working hard to bring to market a solution that combats the issues of immediate obsolescence, prohibitive costs and a glitchy user experience.
It’s a concept that might seem very futuristic but it’s not too far off from today’s reality. No, you can’t have JARVIS from Tony Stark’s mansion installed in your house, yet, but you can have just about every aspect linked up to your network.
Keep following our website and social media platforms to find out when the CZ Electronics solution hits the market.