Automated Lighting And Smart Homes
With Internet of Things (IoT) gaining momentum, everything is getting connected. From your cars, to your homes, the internet is now able to control and communicate anything with everything. This has enabled lots of companies to build smart-home applications.
As in today’s world practically everyone owns a smartphone, it only makes sense to invest in a future where every appliance in your house is controlled by your mobile at fingertips, from anywhere in the world. Things were looking pretty slow in this market for quite a while now, but slowly and steadily, the demand for internet enabled homes have increased. And with companies like Google, Apple and Amazon, each coming out with their own products smart-homes are now closer to reality than they ever were.
The challenges in home automation have always been a hindrance in this market. The number of players producing home appliances are way too many to develop a centralized system which adheres to the needs of automation. Everyone has different needs for their homes and this has prompted manufacturers to come up with a variety of products. Companies wanting to automate this had to tie up with various manufacturers to develop a centralized system which enabled them to do so.
Apple, Amazon or Google, they each have their own tie-ups for companies producing smart accessories. Amazon, which has its technology called Echo, has been around for quite a while in this segment and has an upper hand in terms of its tie-ups with different brands. But Google was quick to come up with its own home automation system, Google Home. A small, cylinder-like device, which plugged in to your wall, can dim lights, play music, have conversations with you and even control some appliances for you. What distinguished Google Home from Amazon’s Echo, is its ability to change and customize its base shell, to have LEDs dancing with the music. The ability to sync it with Chromecast is what gives an added edge, since you can play YouTube videos directly on your TV. And considering Google’s ability to intelligently reply to your queries, it gives a personal touch to home automation. However, Echo’s ability to sync up with a wide range of home appliances makes it a tough competitor to Google Home.
With Apple launching HomeKit, its own framework of home automation, the competition is going to be better. The home kit enabled accessories can be controlled via all apple devices, Apple Watch, iPhones, Apple TV and iPads. Though in a development stage, the HomeKit is attracting all the right attention from manufacturers to integrate their devices with it.
HomeKit essentially allows your smart-bulb to communicate with smart-blinds which in-turn communicates with smart-AC to create a perfect ambience at a set time. The Siri controlled voice commands enable you to do everything that Google Home does, and much more. Though not available in the market yet, it is expected to be available to everyone soon.
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by techtalks @TechTalks October 13, 2016 10:11 AM UTC