The smarthome or smart homes are being introduced more and more into our lives. What we used to call domotics grows by leaps and bounds and, in fact, the latest market study by CEDOM (Spanish Association of Home Automation and Inmotics) shows that turnover in 2015 increased by twelve points over the previous year.
Far away is that meaning of “smart house” in which we imagined our home fully automated, cold and aseptic. On the contrary, what we now understand as Smarthome is a substantial modification of our house but without major external changes : energy management, personalization of functions such as lighting or sound, etc.
This change is due, above all, to the arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT) , which has managed to intelligently connect many devices so that they interact in a certain way depending on certain circumstances and orders that we want.
With the inestimable help of the smartphone as the main means of control of our smarthome, today we have endless possibilities to live in an authentic smart home .
If we start from the outside, security is one of the issues that most users worry about and, for that, we have multiple options such as, for example, IP cameras with which to control our house if we are outside (ideal for have a quiet vacation). Connected to the WiFi network of our house we will be connected by mobile phone and we will receive images, videos and, of course, any alert of intruders or suspicious movements.
We can do much more. There is an alarm system like MyFox that, with an elegant and minimalist design, is integrated into the decoration of our house to go unnoticed. MyFox devices have cameras and sensors and are accompanied by a smart hands-free keychain that deactivates the alarm by automatically recognizing the owner.
There are systems, such as the Alcatel Phone Alert, that increase security by detecting not only movement or the opening of doors and windows, but also detecting water floods or smoke escapes . Or D-Link’s mydlink Home Security kit, which also integrates light and temperature sensors.
After security, the next area that has more interest for users of the smarthome is comfort. Being comfortable in our own home is a right and smart devices help us do that. For example, the Tado thermostat , which not only turns the heating on or off when entering or leaving, but also recognizes each user and adjusts the temperature based on our tastes.
Another way to have a pleasant environment is through lighting. Philips or Belkin for years have offered us a wide range of lamps and bulbs that, connected to the smartphone, allow us to automatically regulate the intensity, color or brightness. We can even make the light fluctuate according to the ambient sound , ideal for our parties.
The brain of the smarthome
All rooms in our house can be made smart: the living room (as we have already seen), the kitchen (using appliances such as refrigerators that do much more than cool or remote controlled washing machines ), etc. But what is clear is that the nerve center of our smarthome is, without a doubt, television . More specifically smart TV or Smart TV .
Little by little Smart TVs have been gaining ground in our homes and right now they have the power and capabilities to be the basis of the ecosystem of interconnected devices . Through a platform in the cloud (such as Samsung’s Smart Home , for example) all these devices like the ones we have mentioned will be joined and controlled from the screen of our television . So, from the sofa in the living room and with the remote control of our television, we will have an overview of our home (security, heating, music, lighting, etc.) and we can, for example, start the oven, control the air conditioning and a long etc.
Our Smart TV will work, as if it were a Hub , a device concentrator through which users can establish rules to perform the actions we want depending on whether we are inside or outside the home, if we are asleep, etc.
The smart house or smarthome does not have to be like that of Bill Gates , it is a reality and is available to all of us . We already have many of the necessary devices (such as Smart TV or Smartphone), so we can integrate in our house all the elements we want such as switches for blinds, light regulators, etc. And everything, controlled comfortably from our chair with the remote control of the television.