You’ve got a smartphone, but have you got a smart home? If you’ve haven’t tapped into the growing trend of AI yet, it’s time to discover what awaits you if you choose to live in this wonderful world.
Artificial intelligence in the home
If you’re not already conversing with an electronic device on a daily basis, there’s every chance that it’ll only be a matter of time until you cross to the AI side.
You only have to turn the TV on or browse a few websites on your phone or tablet to see or hear adverts for appliances that promise to make your life easier.
Take Alexa, part of Amazon’s Echo range, as an example. Launched in 2014, Alexa is a virtual assistant, which can do everything from playing songs to telling you the time and the weather forecast. Sales of Alexa hit 2.5 million in the first quarter of 2018, and this wasn’t even the most popular smart speaker. Google Home sold 3.1 million units in the same time period. The chart below shows the dramatic rise in popularity of voice speakers and home assistants in recent years.
Artificial intelligence is not just designed to eliminate mundane tasks and make life less stressful for humans.
It can also play a role in helping you do your bit for the planet. With many of us keen to go green, inventions such as smart thermostats are an excellent addition to the home. AI can track your usage and analyse your habits to regulate your heating systems, reduce bills and adapt your home environment.
The Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation device, for example, uses data related to your location to ascertain when there’s nobody at home and shut off the heating system.
It also uses this intelligence to activate home security systems, so you can kill two birds with one stone. You’re not only reducing the risk of wasting energy and overspending on electricity. You’re also keeping your home safe.
You can make your home even smarter by connecting different AI devices. A Nest thermostat, for example, can work with a Google Home device.
On the subject of security, another device that is making waves in the AI marketplace is the doorbell camera and associated front door security systems.
In years gone by, most of us relied on an alarm, which produced piercing noises, to protect our homes. Today, using sophisticated AI, we can monitor our driveways on the go.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re on the train or at the office, if there’s somebody lurking around your front door, you’ll be able to see them and even talk to them. You can connect devices to smartphone apps and keep an eye on your property 24 hours a day.
It is estimated that more than 22% of burglars access properties through the front door, so investing in smart technology could reduce your risk of theft significantly.
If you haven’t joined the AI revolution yet, maybe it’s time to check out what’s out there and start enjoying the benefits of smart living.