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At Protoshow, You’ll discover a group of specialists to help you with options to your challenges of the modern digital world. We are prepared to help you in finding solutions which improve your Present methods in a standardized and secure manner.

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We work together with companies to provide home automation options like immediate operations utilizing wearable technologies, mobile applications, and internet intervention. Therefore, while it’s setting the thermostat in the best levels or handling home lightning predicated on individual existence in chambers, we’ll create your thoughts and indulgences come to existence.

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Whether you’re a startup or an established company, we’re prepared to help you at each phase of the software development life cycle — from conceptualization and consulting to support and development.Our software engineers have the wealth of expertise in building web applications. We’re also specialists in several verticals and business domain names .

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Protoshow is a free, easy-to-use yet highly configurable slideshow/slider script compatible with the Prototype.js and script.aculo.us javascript libraries.

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How To Make Your Smart Home On A Budget?

It is always fascinating to see in a science fiction movie how lights, appliances, garage doors, blinds and curtains of an apartment or house are controlled with one or several buttons, or from a cell phone application. But more impressive than watching it in the cinema or television, is to be able to do it in real life.

Architects, scientists, builders, and every person who work in an area of research where technology is applied, have begun to make the dreams of having a movie house or office come true, that is, in the form of a smart home or a smart workplace. This set of techniques that aim to automate homes is known as home automation.

The advantages of investing in technology are many. In addition to comfort, you may be reminded of important but forgettable tasks, like turning the lights off, which will surely help you save energy because these systems do not need good memory, only a few buttons. Your smart home will be very accommodating to you, it will receive you with the heating on during the winter days, and with the air conditioning perfectly graduated in the summer.

Experts say that one way to have a smart home or office is by installing a central system that allows remote control of air conditioning, heating, certain appliances, blinds, curtains, the system of security and even irrigation, among many others, through a closed wireless network.

Turning your home or office into a smart space is a simple mission. With just installing a router similar to Wi-Fi internet and a group of adapters, you will feel that you are on the set of Iron Man. And the best thing is that, with this investment, you will increase the efficiency of your office and/or the happiness of your family.

Two of the biggest worldwide companies that have ventured into the world of smart homes and offices are Apple and Samsung. The American brand Apple developed a Home application and its accessories HomeKit abroad, and the size of these products are such that after buying them you can put them in a handbag. Once the equipment is installed, the parts begin to communicate with each other, which increases their power by becoming smarter. On the other hand, the South Korean company Samsung presented the Smart Home to the market, which is a system that makes it possible for electrical appliances and electronic devices to converse with the owner of the house.

In addition to these two large technology companies, there are engineers, architects, and technologists who are independently responsible for designing good quality products to turn an ordinary house into a smart home. This has allowed covering part of the demand that exists in their countries of smart homes and offices at a lower cost.

The name that has been given to this kind of system is Domotics. But what is Domotics? Well, experts call Domotics to the systems that are capable of automating a home or a building of any kind, by providing much needed energy management,welfare, security, and communication services, which can be integrated by outdoor and indoor communication networks, wireless or wired, and whose control can be made with a certain ubiquity, both inside and outside the house.

Despite what most people imagine, Domotics is not only to be used in luxury homes or for people with a very high purchasing power. In reality, there are different types of facilities with a more affordable cost to potential customers with a lower purchase level. Of course, the home automation budget will vary considerably depending on the size of the space where you want to install the systems, as well as the level of sophistication of the equipment you wish to install.

This is why a home automation budget can range between $ 1,900 and $ 2,700 to install standard equipment in a small apartment with two rooms, one kitchen, one living room, and one dining room. There are also options for up to $ 28,000 for the equipment of a luxury apartment with five rooms.

Also, according to different market studies, a classic electrical installation can represent approximately 3% of the total budget for the construction of a new home, while the cost of a home automation installation can vary between 1.5% and 6.8% of that same budget. It shows that the price to incorporate home automation to turn your home into a smart home is not as high as many people might think.

How to Create a Smart Home

Being part of the technology updating train of every day definitely means not letting this process pass, and if you are one of those people who are not left behind then you must adapt and make your home evolve making it as smart as you want.

Now, it is not necessary to spend so much energy on superfluous tasks that only consume our time making life happen without realizing it. With a Smart Home, you can minimize these unnecessary activities and, in fact, they can become fun as you personalize and program actions, such as turning the lights on and off, the intensity and the colors of the light bulbs, the thermostat, the music, remembering your tastes by certain products according to your routines and more.

First of all, to program a control and monitoring system that is easily managed and installed, you need to select the assistant that best suits you and your needs. This would be the basis of the smart home, and here are several options for you to pick from.

Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa are the most influential in the market and rightly so, these assistants will make your life much easier by controlling your smart devices with just speaking and giving simple commands to activate them. Of course, you will need the hardware to implement one of these assistants at home, and this hub will become the first smart device to control the rest of the smart devices you’ll get to create a smart home.

After having the hub of your preference, the next step is to identify your needs and aspirations. Here is when the fun begins, because you have to start visualizing the smart home of your dreams and then you must ask yourself how much do you want to automate. What tasks do you want to reduce? What are the programming criteria for these tasks? It is best to take a tour of each corner of your home, going from room to room and writing down what you consider most convenient according to what you observe in each one.

You can divide the main aspects you want to get smart in security, lighting, environment, help, and entertainment. Then, separate the observations you write according to each aspect. If you are standing at the entrance of your house, what do you expect to change there? Security? Make a research and you will find many devices that would improve your home, like external security cameras that let you know who entered or if a car entered the property, internal security cameras that notify you immediately if a stranger broke into the place, security sensors in real time, or a doorbell that gives you visibility 24 hours a day.

There are locks that you can manipulate with your smartphone. Who is at the door? Check and decide whether to allow the person to get in or not.

So, moving to the next space, keep doing the same evaluation. For example, in the living room, what are the devices that can give you the best entertainment and create the best environment? You can program a system to fabricate the perfect climate for a cinema night, games time, a special night with your partner, work or whatever you want, with colors and intensity in the light bulbs. Also, control the smart TV from your smartphone or simply control it with your voice. Yes, you can even do that!

Moving forward to the heart of your home, the kitchen. How much can you improve this area? A lot. What does your fridge need? Don´t know where to buy or where to get the best prices? Well, there are smart devices that alert you when you need something in your kitchen and, in fact, thanks to the internet, they can suggest where to go and where to find the best price.

So, make sure of what you really want or need, because you can find so many devices that would help in many ways. At the same time, you must study each one of the spaces at your house and start creating your smart home by getting the devices you will first need and then, as the technology progresses, you can adapt to every need that appears in your home and in your life.

History Of Home Automation Systems

It is undeniable that the very idea of home automation is appealing, especially to curious young minds. Imagine the world of possibilities that open up with home automation- when kitchens can download online recipes, order groceries and cook by itself, or when windows and doors can sense an intruder’s presence, and lock themselves down immediately. Of course, one would then wonder where the idea of home automation even sprouted from in the first place. Well, whether you’re a tech junkie or just curious about home automation in general, there is a lot more to the topic than just what meets the eye. Here is a brief history of home automation systems.

1700’s – 1800’s

Now, as we all are aware, home automation systems are built upon a myriad of inventions, most of which were first invented decades ago, which were then gradually innovated. Take Leonardo da Vinci’s automation concept plans as an example. It is widely regarded many of the older inventions, and even our modern devices are based on these plans. Of course, Leonardo was not the only inventor and artist in his time, and cannot be attributed to being the single man involved in inventing. There were various other inventors also came up with inventions that proved to be the base technology that we know as home automation today. Nikola Tesla, for instance, invented the first remote control to control a toy boat, and Richard Arkwright developed the first fully automated, water-powered spinning wheel.

1900 – 1979

With the dawn of 1900 come the inventions and widespread usage of home appliances, such as engine-powered vacuums, washing machines, sewing machines, and many more. These were invented at the time to help with the shortage of labor. Computers were also designed in this era, and in 1966, ECHO IV first came into being. Considered as the first home automation system, ECHO IV was never sold to the public and had many functions still present in modern Home Automation systems, such as being able to switch the appliance on and off, relay messages and type out a grocery list. Later, in 1975, the X10 project made its first appearance, which, until today, can still be considered a household name. It could also be viewed as a home automation system and served to control or as a bridge between appliances.

1980 – Present

It was only in the 1980’s,and 90’s when home automation began to be popularised, in the form of automated gates and garage doors. Gerontology was also famous at this time and focused on the elderly citizens. It was because of the popularity of home automation systems that research and innovation efforts were refocused, which leads us to today’s home automation technology.

All in all, it is difficult to imagine a life without home automation. In fact, home automation may be so ingrained in our daily routine that we may not even realize it. Remote controlled devices are considered to be a part of home automation, and appliances such as televisions and ceiling fans often come with this feature. Washing machines that can signal to the owner when it is finished with washing the laundry are also considered home automation. In conclusion, the history of home automation systems has helped our convenience in many different ways today.

Best Smart Home Setup With Alexa

In the era of technology where trends come and go, it is easy to pass up every bit of new technology as a fast-fading fad. As of late, the name Alexa has been blowing up on all sorts of technology websites and blogs, but what exactly is Alexa and how is it different from other pieces of technology? In short, Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant that was initially developed by Amazon. It has many features and is capable of completing many tasks that a real-life assistant would be able to do, such as voice recognition, making to-do lists, reminding the owner of essential events, providing real-time information about the news and weather, and even ordering take out. Among the few features that make Alexa unique is the ability to incorporate Alexa into one’s house and all its facilities, creating an automated house, also known as a smart home. Understandably, different people would have different interpretations of what the best smart home setup with Alexa is, and here are some factors to consider when setting up the best smart home for you.

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Alexa On A Budget

The first aspect to think about is your budget, as it will determine how many smart devices you would buy for your home, and what brand and model they will be off. For a smaller budget, it would be wise only to equip smart gadgets in specific areas of your house or just to get a few amusing gadgets. For example, an original plug is among the cheaper intelligent devices and would give the user the ability to turn anything on and off from their smartphone, from coffee makers to lights, as long as they are plugged in. Bigger budgets, on the other hand, would allow for the purchasing of smart gadgets for the entire house, such as complete home security systems, with automated doors, windows, cameras, and even lights.

Purpose

Another aspect to keep mind is one’s purpose when buying these smart gadgets. Smart gadgets could help one in many areas of keeping the house in shape, such as security, cleanliness, convenience, and even helping one out with remembering to lock the doors (see all benefits). As there are so many functions for different gadgets, it is easy to get carried away when buying smart devices for your home. Hence, it is important to remember which aspect of your house you want to improve with intelligent gadgets and which other areas that can be done manually for now.

Is Alexa A Good Smart Home Choice?

All in all, Alexa can help us in all sorts of ways, especially at home. Among the more common areas that Alexa smart devices are in use are security and convenience. For safety, a wide range of intelligent tools and services are offered, from cameras that can be tracked from your mobile phone to smart locks that can help you lock your front door if you forget. As for convenience, Alexa users can merely give a command to switch off the lights or to set a reminder and have it done instantly, instead of manually doing it themselves. In conclusion, the best smart home setup with Alexa depends on the person using it, as there are all sorts of tools to fulfill all sorts of needs.

What Is A Slideshow Website Plugin

As the world of the web becomes more and more popular, the ‘visual’ aspect of the content becomes all the more important. Today, everybody wants content that is visually appealing and quick to read and understand. High quality images, gifs, and videos are used to make the content on the web more reader-friendly. It is also one of the top most ways to make your website more attractive and to get more netizens to read your content. And now, the trend seems to have gone back to using slideshows, which were quite popular in the yester-years. And thus, the advent of slideshow plugins for websites!

Slideshows still have mass appeal and are a good way to present your content and promote it. It usually gets a good number of views. In web designing, the slideshow used on a website is referred to as a ‘Slider’. Website sliders can be placed on top of the website content on the home page so that readers get an overview of all that the website has to offer. They can be made interactive, so that they respond to clicks (open the relevant page) or swipes (move to next or previous slide).

Things to consider before installing a slideshow plugin for your website

  • Sliders load content and images (generally high resolution) which can make your website a little slower.
  • Slideshow plugins use JavaScript which load independently. This can again make your page loads slower.
  • If the website is designed to be responsive, go for sliders that are responsive too, to adhere to the general theme of the website.

Popular slideshow plugins

Listed below are some of the slideshow plugins that are easy to use.

Sangar Slider – All you have to do to use this plugin is upload media, and then just drag and drop to create slides. There is plenty of room for customizing the code to get what you want.

Meta Slider – You can create mobile responsive sliders with this plugin. It has four in-built options – Nivo Slider, Coin Slider, Flex Slider and Responsive slider. Full customization is available.

Galleria – This easy to use plugin can create slideshow of images. You can scale images on the slideshow. It also provides touch screen feature.

Supersized Slider – This plugin is one of the best options to create slideshows for websites which want to showcase high quality images, such as photography or tourism websites. It provides full screen background sliders.

Neat Slider – It comes with a fully customizable code and great performance. It is also compatible on various different browsers. It is responsive and once you have installed it, it is easy to use.

Soliloquy – This is one of the simplest and most user-friendly sliders. You can create the desired slides pretty quickly and the final result is quite good. Customization options are limited, but with an upgrade to the pro version, you can get past that too!

Smart Slider 2 – It is a neat little plugin with a lot of options to choose from while creating your slideshow. You can also look at the preview of the slideshow before finalizing it.

Cyclone Slider 2 – It is a decent slider which can be used to showcase images and videos. Different transitions can be used for each slide. It is a good option for multilingual websites as it compatible with qTranslate.

What Smart Home Devices Work with Google Home?

It seems like the technology updating nowadays is starting to look more and more like those exciting science fiction books.The scope of the creation of smart devices is extended more and more every day, and it’s becoming easier for everyone to get their hands on one of them. In today’s society, it isn’t a matter of rich people or technology fans to use fancy devices, the need to adapt to things in the workplace or in our personal space makes us get on the train even if we don’t have interest in technology.

Today, there’s a wide variety of devices that make life easier in a fun and organized way and anything that diminishes our residual work —the one that does not generate any income or satisfaction, but it’s necessary anyways— is welcome. Smart home devices are an invention that was conceived a long time ago. However, they have taken over the world, becoming very popular in lots of different countries

But it didn’t really blow up until Google, one of the most powerful companies in the world, known for its marketing of products and services related to the internet, decides to launch a device that would change the world: Google Home.

A speaker and intelligent voice assistant that also acts as a friend that will assist in everything we need just by speaking to it. In other words, this device will do a lot of things for us, like controlling locks, bells, gadgets for pets, controlling the lighting and the thermostat, play music, watering the garden. Total control of our homes in a nutshell.

Best smart home devices that work with Google Home

Also be sure to see what works with Amazon Echo.

Philips Hue

Let’s start with your lights.This is the best device to organize the lighting at home, create scenarios or specific environments in each room, or create themes for your guests. And, of course, all with voice control.

Nest

When it comes to temperature and body comfort inside your home, you always expect the best. With this Google device, you will forget that you have to control it in any way because it learns from you in less than a week and will adapt and act on your preferences.

Honeywell Wi-Fi

If you do not want to allow your device to have full control on the thermostat like with Nest, this is a really good substitute option. You can program, according to the external environment, your specific temperature preferences for every day of the week.

Google Chromecast

Regarding entertainment, this system allows audiovisual streaming in any smart device, fully connected to the Google Home device and always alert to what your voice says, allowing you to also send content from your smartphone. Once connected, whether from your TV, PC, Tablet or phone, you can run any multimedia content from YouTube or Netflix.

iHome ISP100

If you don’t want to think about, or just can’t remember certain tasks, like turning on the lights of the outdoor area, this device that supports all climatic phenomena will do it for you. Now you can turn on or program the lighting from your sofa!

August Smart Lock

Safety is an important aspect of any home. As the population increases so do the risks of becoming victimsat home. Taking care of what you own becomes a priority and with this device, you can check if your house is safe at any time. An interesting feature is that using Google Home, you can check if your door is locked or not.

Anova Precision Cooker

A pressure cooker that you can handle at any distance! Yes, this incredible device will be your assistant in the kitchen when your hands are busy or you need to handle several recipes at once. You just have to give certain orders and you’ll get delicious food.

TP-Link HS105 Smart Plug

Do you have so many devices turned on at once, and you keep forgetting to turn them off? With this pretty amazing artefact, you can solve that. You just have to connect it and you can tell Google Home when to turn it on or turn it off.

Rachio Sprinklers

If you have a garden and there are days when you forget that it exists or you are just too tired to pay attention, this device will fit you beautifully and will not allow your garden to die. It connects to your Wi-Fi and can interpret watering times taking into account weather forecasts to save water. Quite green!

Wink Hub 2

With this device, you can control all of your other gadgets. Set up smart devices compatible with Wink and then manage them using Google Home.

Samsung SmartThings

Now you can manage the Samsung smart devices that you have at home with Google Home. It’s like Wink, but specific to Samsung.

Ring Video Doorbell

This amazing advice is great in terms of security, it will be aware of the movements in a 180-degree vision ratio, and initiate recordings when you indicate it. To make it even better it stores the information in the cloud.

iRobot Roomba 690

A vacuum that will do the dirty work for you, scheduling the events in sixty minutes time. And by itself, after finishing the work,it returns to its base to recharge and be ready for the next job.

Logitech Harmony remotes

Like in the futuristic films of the eighties, the control of television and programming by voice is now possible with this luxury device. The screenwriters of the time predicted the future pretty well based on our laziness.

Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener

This device performs a simple but very useful task: the function of opening and closing the garage by voice command.

JBL Link20

With this gadget, your Google assistant goes everywhere with you.It is a small portable speaker that connects you to your Google Home, with a long-lasting battery and it’s water-resistant so you don’t have to worry about being left in the rain.

There are no excuses now, with these devices you can take advantage of every second of the day. Investing and improving the level of intelligence to your home has many advantages, from comfort and security to the best time management.

Automate Your Home With Raspberry Pi

In the modern era of technology, society has learned to continually adapt to a fast-paced world chock full of all sorts of innovations and creations. A case in point is that we’ve gone from using landline telephones and dial-up internet to the touchscreen, multi-purpose phones, and fiber optic internet in less than twenty years. It’s no wonder that we adapt so readily to these innovations, as they have helped us in so many aspects of life, be it communication, transportation, or even just convenience. Recently,however, there has been a new topic trending among the devout technology junkies and IT blogs- and that is home automation, specifically with Raspberry Pi. Here are all the answers to commonly asked questions about Raspberry Pi and some reasons why you should automate your home with Raspberry Pi.

What Is Raspberry Pi?

You may be wondering, what exactly is this Raspberry Pi? Raspberry Pi is a collection of small single board computers and was initially developed in 2006 for use in classrooms- specifically, for students to learn basic computer science and coding in school. However, the model was popularized beyond expectations as they were used for activities such as robotics. Since then, Raspberry Pi has gone through quite some development,and several models of it were released, the latest of which is Raspberry Pi Zero W, in 2017. Most of the Raspberry Pi models can be used for home automation purposes, but it is recommended to use the latest model on the market. However, for specific tasks, such as managing file servers, older models can do the job just as well.

Home Automation Functions With Raspberry Pi

It is commonly known that home automation can help one with simple tasks such as turning lights on and off, monitoring your house through the use of video cameras, and can help one look up real-time information such as the weather and time, all from merely pressing a button on your phone. However, with Raspberry Pi, the uses of home automation can be vastly expanded. An example of these tasks would have the ability to tell if there is a gas leak or a water pipe leak, check for mail and even check to see how your beloved pet is doing. In other words, it is as if having all five senses of a human in your home to report to you whenever anything goes awry.

How To Use Raspberry Pi In Home Automation Projects

It is possible to make Raspberry Pi home automation a DIY project, but it is important to note that such a project would be more comfortable if the user already has basic knowledge about computers and knows some programming languages. The components that will be used would depend on what aspect of home automation the developer is planning to undertake.

Conclusion

All in all, Raspberry Pi is an excellent tool for home automation projects, be it do-it-yourself or professional. It offers users with a wide range of home automation possibilities, which in turn can give the user peace of mind when the user is away from home. Hence, automate your home with raspberry Pi now!

This video shows what it takes to make a home automation system with your Raspberry Pi:

Smart Home Devices That Work With Alexa

Today is the age of ‘smart’ technology. There was a time when mobile phones were a luxury but now we absolutely cannot do without the ‘smartphone’. And what good is a smartphone without the apps that are designed to simplify everyday life? But what if there is something better than apps, something that is even more convenient to use? Meet Alexa, Amazon’s intelligent personal assistant.

Alexa is Amazon’s voice service which can follow conversational voice instructions. Want to know the weather forecast? Ask Alexa. Bored? Get Alexa to tell you a joke. Need to set a reminder? Alexa’s got you covered! And yes, Alexa can also help you order things from Amazon.But that’s not all. There are several smart devices which you can use in the house that are compatible with Alexa’s software. Below are listed some of these devices that will change the face of your home.

Smart Home Devices That Work With Alexa

Nest Cam

The Nest Cam is a next generation security camera. It originally was known as Dropcam, but was bought by Nest and re-branded as Nest Cam. They have indoor and outdoor versions that can be completely integrated with Alexa. There are other security cameras that work with Alexa, like Ring, see if Nest Cam or Ring is better for your needs.

Amazon Echo

Echo provides the interface required for Alexa. It can stream music and control smart home devices. There are now other versions of Amazon Echo available – Echo Dot, Echo (2nd Gen.), Echo Plus, Echo Show, etc. You can select the one which suits your budget and requirement. Echo, thus, is your virtual assistant that can be customized via the Alexa app.

Amazon Fire TV

How about watching TV and controlling the volume or surfing through voice commands? The Amazon Fire TV is compatible with a 4k ultra HD and HDR TVs. You can communicate with Alexa through the Fire TV remote and can navigate between apps like CBS, Netflix, NBC, etc. The Amazon Fire TV stick is a more economical version of the Fire TV.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet

So, you have a voice-controlled TV. But what if you are in the middle of cooking and want to watch your favorite show? Or a recipe video?  The Amazon Fire HD 10 is an improvement over the popular Fire HD 8. It has a 10-inch screen and a 1080-pixel resolution. In addition to streaming TV and movies, it can access literally thousands of apps. You can play games on it and read Kindle books.

iHome ISP100 outdoor plug

This smart plug has a robust design to withstand all weather conditions and is water resistant. It is great for outdoor lighting for the festive season. And you can control it through Alexa. It is versatile and easy to use.

Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit

Lying down on the bed, reading a book, and then feeling too lazy to get up and switch the lights off? Don’t worry! Just say, “Alexa, turn off the bedroom light”, and you are done. All you need is the white LED starter kit from Philips that comes with two bulbs and a small hub that needs to be linked to your wi-fi. You can ask Alexa to switch ON or OFF the lights, and also dim the lights.

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller

The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller can be connected to your lawn irrigation system. Then, through Alexa, you can set timers for the sprinklers, schedule the sprinklers to switch ON at a particular time and also specify which zones you wish to cover.

Ecobee4 Thermostat

The earlier Ecobee thermostats could be controlled through Alexa, but the new Ecobee4 has inbuilt Alexa service. This means you can control it by voice without a separate interface. You can tell it to adjust the temperature and also get it to play music for you or use it to order something from Amazon. Now that’s one cool thermostat!

August Smart Lock

After a tiring day, you finally crawl into the bed and get under the covers. But then, you suddenly wonder whether you locked the front door before retiring for the night! If you have the August Smart Lock, you can simply ask Alexa to lock the doors and sleep peacefully. While many different smart locks are available in the market, August Smart Lock is easy to install and comes in a basic, compact, and efficient packaging.

iRobot Roomba 690

In the age of everything smart, here’s a smart vacuum cleaner. Now you can schedule cleaning, check progress, start and stop the vacuum cleaner all through Alexa. Not only this, the 690 will return to its charging point once it has done all the cleaning for you.

GE Profile Convection Range

Yes, you guessed it right! You can tell Alexa to pre-heat the oven to the required temperature, without lifting a finger! Cookies, anyone?

This video show more cool devices that work with Alexa:

The Future Of Smart Home Technology

It is the most popular term that we come across nowadays “smart home technology”. It is most interesting that why a home is called smart home and the reason is that all the equipment present in the home is being a technological advance.  So primarily the daily life equipment that is present in our house and we need for our everyday life is controlled in auto mode that is by using a sensor and remote control. Internet or WiFi is in use for the control of the equipment. So mainly here the concept of the internet of things is introduced. So now we are in the technology world where hardware and software are combined. So in the best part of the article, we are going to illustrate the need for this technology, its benefits and the future of smart home technology.

Uses of Smart Home Technology

Technology is a blessing in human life as it makes our life more comfortable. Before the invention of smart home technology we operated the equipment using switches, and still, we managed to live a good life, but after the smart home technology has come into action, our lives have become better and more luxurious. We can stay in any part of the world and still manage to control the equipment. For example, if we are present in our bedroom and just forgot to close the garage door where our car resides so in only one button we can close our garage door from our bedroom. In this case, we get entertainment all around like we can sit in any corner of the house and play the music.

We also get security like CCTVs present in our house records every personal incoming and outgoing from the house and some sensor alarms like when there is a fire breakdown or theft. Also, we don’t need to have key and lock in our house, as we give fingerprint and face recognition security, we can provide the same security system in our home. It is also helpful in health issues like during fall or collapse of the building there s direct connection to the nearest hospital and if someone in the house has some medical emergency can also contact to the nearby hospital using smart home technology.

How Do Smart Homes Work?

As stated earlier the Internet of things concept get introduced, i.e. everything is controlled using Internet or WiFi. During the installation, we set up a password for security reason and a sensor that is connected to all the equipment and is managed by the Internet and by using a remote control we can control all the stuff. And not only by remote control we can also control the things using our voice, fingerprint etc. Smart home technology work with a relatively simple system that is transmitter and receiver where the receiver detects a specific signal from a transmitter that issues a command.

Some of the early innovation like the telephone, microphone etc. gave rise to the idea of the invention of smart home technology. The term smart home was coined by American Association of Home Builders. They invented some the devices like portable dishwasher and microwave, and this idea was further accomplished by the invention of new smart home technology.

Benefits of Smart Home Technology

The benefits of smart homes are not limited to just one or two; there are many advantages of using smart home technology. The various benefits are listed below

  • Ease of control – as stated earlier we can stay in any corner and can operate our home equipment using a remote control or few command for operation.
  • High security- the CCTV footage in our home and entering the house using our fingerprints or face recognition and if someone tries to break the lock then there would be an alarm set to it through which we can know the danger is entering into our house.
  • Entertainment – we can be seated in any corner of the house and can play the music in the other corner. Television, media player and all the entertainment units can be in connect to the smart home technology.
  • Lifestyle personalized – we stay in the ultra-modern world and hence our lifestyle must cope up with the trend going on. So it improves our lifestyle.
  • User-friendly- we can handle it with very ease, and we don’t need much skill to operate it. Just a remote control with password mode would be sufficient to control the home equipment
  • Agreeable most of the time- it saves money, consumes energy and reaps our monetary bills so altogether it is very convenient as it integrates with other products or system in the home.

From smart microwaves to automatic lighting and the innovative Internet made the home more fun convenient and secured hence it potentially increases our investment.

The Future of Smart Homes

The future of smart home technology is not only fascinating, but it promises to transform our lives. It has been on the cusp of taking off for decades.  It is the convergence of hardware and software that not only controls the day to day usage of home but also enables the house owners to be smarter in all their financial decisions as well as managing and improving the house. With the Internet of things, the products can detect and communicate the need for repair and mend before appliance breaks. Suppose our aqua-purifier which needs to be cleaned and candle repaired time to time so with the help of IoT it reminds us when it gets to be fixed.

Suppose winter season is there. And we are in the car shivering with cold, and we need to get warmed up before we enter the home, so from the vehicle only we can command our thermostat to switch on so that it would heat the room before we enter the house in this way it is time-saving.

Similarly, a toast which has a built-in camera and recognizes what you are cooking and according to that sets temperature as well as give instructions for cooking.

A high secured house with a lot of smart appliances can change our lifestyle as well as its convenient in any forms. It facilitates the power demand, and we see an improved world when we are using the new technology.

Here’s a look at how the smart homes of tomorrow could effect real estate:

Benefits of Smart Home Technology

Remote home control system on a digital tablet or phone.

Many people have started to upgrade their homes with the latest technology as it has become more affordable and accessible. Until now many people were not aware of the home automation facilities that were available, but people are slowly getting quite familiar with various technologies that make their lives more comfortable at home. When you move to a smarter home, you get to control every part of your home. Be it safety or accessibility you will definitely benefit from investing in smart home technology.

Smart Home

The following are some of the benefits of having a smart home technology:

Everything under your control:

Just by installing certain smart appliances like oven, fans, lights, television, air conditioners, music systems you can control the devices by using specific apps on your mobile device. All you have to do is make sure that your appliances have the ability to connect with your mobile devices or any other device which you are going to control the other appliances. No longer do you have to worry about leaving the iron box on and leaving home. You can use your smartphone to turn the device off from where ever you are. The automation technology is continually upgrading, and developers have built many apps and devices that control almost all the appliances in our homes.

Protecting your loved ones and property:

The smart home appliances will signal you whenever there is a mishappening. No longer do you have to worry about not being aware of something that happened in your house while you were away.  Smart homes provide you with one of the best connectivity. Not only can you prevent accidental fires from your oven but you can also watch out for your loved ones or pets at home. The automated technology allows you to respond to the unexpected. For example, you can install a moisture monitoring device, and you can set alerts on your phone for the unexpected change in the moisture of the room, thereby you can prevent any leakage in your house. Investing in a smart home appliance is a great way to proactively guard your house against heavy damage which could make you spend a lot for the repair.

Reducing your electricity bills:

If you had forgotten to switch your devices at home, you don’t have to wait till you get back home to switch them off, you can control it with your mobile device and turn it off. The smart technology senses movement, and if no one is in the room, it automatically turns off the lights and other appliances in the room. Thereby you save a lot of energy that otherwise gets wasted. The technology may sound like an expensive investment, but as we are moving to a faster world, we definitely require such technology to help us in our day to day activities.

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