The Internet of Things (IoT) has been taking the world by force as more and more elements in our everyday lives are being connected to the internet – a good example is the driving experience where drivers are able to get real-time navigation and traffic updates.
Not many people realize the advantages of having IoT that surround most of one’s life routine are now becoming more common in the household, making home living simpler, more energy and time efficient. This is known as a smart home.
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A smart home is a residence that uses Internet-connected devices to enable remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems – including air-conditioners, lights and doors.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the key component of this smart home concept. One can have the ability to control items around the house – from window shades to pet feeders – with a simple push of a button or a voice command through their own smartphone, as long as it is connected to the internet.
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Smart home technologies are readily available in today’s market. You can either acquire smart appliances such as lamps and door locks with a built in connection to the internet or you can buy gadgets to add the connectivity to existing appliances.
Smart home appliances can be controlled through an app on your smartphone or using a home hub. A home hub is a personalized voice-controlled assistant such as Amazon’s Alexa, the Google Assistant or Apple Siri. Simple speak to your virtual assistant and they will do the rest.
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This smart home concept can be further enhanced with the advent of Big Data Analytis (BDA) platform and 5G connectivity.
In the future, perhaps we will no longer use smart home hubs to house our virtual assistant, rather there will be a smart home robot that can do a lot more things – like automatically cleaning the house, prepare meals or even welcome you or your guests at your doorstep.
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We spoke to Ahmad Faris from Robopreneur at SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019, who shared his thoughts about how smart homes will impact our lives in the future.
“Since technology development is moving forward, sooner it is not impossible for people to have a robot as a companion at home with the ability to respond to emotions”.
Smart homes will also play an integral part of the future mobility ecosystem, allowing homes and vehicles to share information to better enrich people’s lives.
Take for example, homes that are able to detect the exact time you will arrive and will prepare a drink, tune the air conditioning and play relaxing music to help you unwind from a long day at work as soon as you walk through your door.
World of IoT Pavilion at SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019
The World of IoT Pavilion is one of the primary showcase at SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019, held at MITEC starting from 7 May until 9 May 2019.
At the pavilion, companies, including startups, from across the region demonstrate pioneering and disruptive technologies that enable smart lifestyles powered by IoT.