Editor’s Note: The following guest post comes from Arindam Paul, a founding member of Atomberg Technologies. This article will share about Arindam‘s perspectives on how AI and other smart technologies can make your house smarter.
Smart home and AI (Artificial intelligence) devices are not only convenient, but they can also make your house smart and a safe place to live. With the addition of the Internet of Things (IoT), good security practices are becoming less of a mundane chore. The word “smart” has become an integral part of our tech vocabulary and our homes, offices, and devices, all have innovative technology inside them. Artificial Intelligence is a crucial element that makes them “smart”.
For instance, the technology is something similar to the iPhone’s touch ID fingerprint scanner, or the face ID, which makes your smartphone more secure than a four-digit pin. It is easy to use, and the convenience factor is what makes people use this technology, but the real benefit is additional security.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways AI is making our homes smarter and more secure.
1. Smart Locks Can Be Controlled Via Your Smartphone
Smart locks offer various security benefits. First, you don’t have to depend on a physical key that can get stolen, lost, or duplicated. You can control who accesses your house by using an easy smartphone app, and you can unlock or lock doors remotely from your smartphone.
A smart lock is convenient to use, but what if you go outside to collect a food delivery and realise you’re locked out because that smart lock locked the door automatically? You can turn off the automatic door lock, but what if you fail to turn it back on when you’re going to bed? These are a few of the reasons why your smart device requires interaction to keep it functioning, and this is where AI comes into the picture. A smart lock supported by AI is capable of understanding that you just stepped outside to get the delivery and not lock the house.
2. Easy To Access Footage With Smart Cameras
From a security standpoint, smart cameras are one of the most efficient AI-enabled devices that you can use in your house. These cameras can not only give you alerts and keep you informed, but they also record real-time footage in 1080p. This is important if the police need to identify an intruder or a burglar from a recording.
These devices can automatically upload the video footage to the cloud for easy access and storage. You can even look at the live feed from any location, owing to the connected smartphone apps.
3. AI-Enabled Devices Can Be Personalised
AI-enabled services are bringing true intelligence in the house, and it starts with understanding the consumer needs and behaviour. By ceaselessly observing and understanding real-time information from the homeowner’s lives, AI-powered smart devices learn patterns for better results. By recognising user habits, AI can optimise the way you live your life.
With several AI-powered motion sensors located throughout the house, AI can understand when someone is in the house or not. These services add layers of information from other connected sensors and devices in the home to complement the data. Then they implement machine learning algorithms to gain a better understanding to give a more personalised and customised experience.
4. Cost And Energy-Efficient
From smart lights, smart ceiling fans, smart power plugs, and smart thermostats, if your devices modify accordingly to your daily routine, they can increase your savings by conserving energy, which will ultimately save you money on your utility bills.
For instance, AI-enabled smart thermostats do much more than just control your home’s temperature based on past usage. When the device senses you’re driving home from the office, it can switch the lights on or adjust the heating with your manual input. Smart fans that are powered by AI know you went out for a jog and switched off the fan, only to switch it back up before you come back, so you enter a cool house.
5. Entertainment And Comfort
From your music to coffee machines and voice assistants, all these devices can make your lives easier and enjoyable. A Wifi and AI-enabled home stereo hub can be more than just a music playing machine. By adjusting to your patterns of behaviour and daily routines, it can prompt a podcast or playlist based on your history and preferences.
Smart lights are another example of how user awareness modifies the smart home game. Say you shifted from the west side of the house to the south side which has a better lighting source. User-aware smart lights would dim the light in the south facing room with full sun as you enter the room, helping you save money and energy.
AI Integration In Smart Home Is Not A Future Technology; It’s A Present Technology
AI in smart home devices has the ability to convert raw sensor data from your connected device and smartphone into a design of behaviour that is relevant to the consumer. Devices integrated with AI learn your habits and start to predict the experience that suits your needs. For instance, if there is nobody in the house, it will not switch on the fans or lights, and automatically lock the doors. Or if you’ve left for work, it will lower the thermostat.
Whether it’s digital devices and health apps like AI-equipped blood glucose meters that reminds you to test after you complete a workout or a home alarm hub that knows not to engage motion sensors when you are heading to bed, we are surrounded with AI all around us.
AI in smart home devices is the ultimate combination for smart homes. AI-enabled personalisation, not documented usage, can make your house more in tune with how you live your everyday life. It is an exciting time for the AI and smart home space. There are going to be some significant advances as the technology develops and more integrations between the different products become available.