The development of software applications is gaining speed. People learn to benefit from the technological advancements that impact all spheres of activities from business to entertainment and into our homes. Software developers in the United Kingdom and all over the world are creating apps for business management which help to organise the workflow and increase productivity; so why not create software which can assist in home management?
Every day we use our mobile phones and interact with appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, air conditioners, and many others in our homes. The simplification of their usage is becoming more desirable and the creation of remote controllers is one of the steps to achieving that goal. How many times have you come back home to ensure the oven was off, turned off the lights, or locked the door?
Can you imagine what it will be possible to do with one click on your smart phone in the near future? Here are a list of already existing applications which help to control activities in your home through the automation of security, lights, climate, and entertainment.
The SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit has everything you need to start monitoring, controlling, and securing your home from anywhere. Once you’ve set up your Home Monitoring Kit, you can add compatible cameras, locks, alarms, and more to enhance your monitoring solution. The free application for iOS makes your smart phone the remote controller of your home, uniting different sensors and devices via the SmartThings platform. A kit for less than $300 includes the SmartThing hub.
The smart devices combined with a mobile app informs you of any problems at home – someone left the oven on or the garage door open as examples – and allows you to manage the problem, wherever you are, with your iPhone. It isn’t even necessary to buy all the smart devices at the same time; you can add new devices at your discretion.
Each Nest device can be controlled via the app on your smart phone. Current devices include a thermostat for your home’s temperature control, a smoke alarm, and the Nest Cams (indoor and outdoor) which allow you to see your home, when you’re away from home. One of the main advantages of this app is that it suits both iOS and Android platforms.
A nice Nest feature is the Energy History. With this feature, users have the insights they need to understand – and control – their energy bill. Available on the Nest Learning Thermostat, the Web app, and both iPhone and Android smartphones, Energy History shows users when heating or cooling was on in the last 10 days and if the weather, their adjustments significantly affected energy use.
WeMo offers numerous devices such as Smart Bulbs, cameras with night vision, and switches for outlets; and all of them can be controlled with the WeMo application on your iPhone or Android device. Any time you realize that you forgot to turn off the iron or light, you can fix the situation with your smartphone. You can control them individually or as a group. While you are away, on vacation for example, you can set the light to turn on every time it is getting dark to create the impression there is someone in the house. You can apply a schedule to other devices as well.
Software, and the devices they control, are coming into our lives and changing them significantly. It is difficult to imagine how far we will travel in the next twenty years or so. In this post, we presented just a few examples which already can be used to improve your life. If you want to learn more about the way Smart Home systems work, check out this paper.
This post written in collaboration with Magora-Systems.