In the not-too-distant future, we expect the development of advanced devices that are usable and accessible to a larger consumer base. Currently, some of the popular smart home devices that are in use are
1. Security systems
A smart security system consists of a cloud-based IoT device and sensors. These devices have applications that can be accessed via a phone. Doorbells also have video cameras that include two-way audio. This ensures additional safety.
Other security systems include smart locks that can be accessed without a key. Smart locks can be fixed on jewellery safes and doors and can be accessed through passcodes or authentication by a phone or an internet-enabled device.
Some examples include
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2. Temperature and air quality control systems
Air and temperature control goes beyond the smart home and extends to industries. Clean room technologies are some examples that require highly purified and regulated air conditioning systems.
In such cases, with cloud-based IoT software, the devices can notify phones when there's a deviation in temperature or air quality. In a smart home use case, temperature systems such as thermostats can automatically adjust the temperatures according to usage data, presence of people in the room, and duration.
Some examples of air and temperature control systems include
3. Alarm systems
The next time you think you've left the oven on, think about the benefits of a smart home alarm system. These systems continuously monitor the house for any unwanted emergencies. They immediately notify the user in the case of one, with loud emergency sounds or repeated notifications on connected devices such as the phone.
These can be connected throughout the house or to kitchen equipment such as ovens and coffee makers. This way, if the equipment is left unattended, the device can either switch off on its own or require a manual switch-off through a command via the phone.
Some examples include
4. Smart gardening
Technically an outside-the-smart home example, gardening is another application where IoT devices have come into play. Automated sprinkler systems, robot lawnmowers, and garden-focused IoT devices are now in use.
The major advantage of IoT tools and platforms is the automation and energy-efficient usage. Water supply to plants can be increased or decreased based on weather patterns, recent usage, soil quality, and so on. This is energy efficient and automated for optimal usage. Further, they can also be customized based on requirements. Examples include irrigation systems with light, rain, and temperature sensors and automated nursery and compost systems.
5. Voice controllers
These are smart devices that connect smaller appliances such as lights, switches, TV to voice commands. Smaller commands such as playing songs, requesting a weather update, and initiating phone calls can also be done through voice control IoT devices. They provide access to content through cloud-based IoT software.
These devices are on the rise currently due to the ease of interaction. These devices were primarily designed for interaction. But they now extend to smaller commands that are integrated with home automation tools.
Some examples of voice-controlled IoT devices include