Development of Smart Devices
Some time back, smart home devices were only reserved for wealthy people, but this is not the case nowadays. The first case of a smart home was recorded back in 1975 when X10 was released. This device could send digital information onto an electric wire that existed in the house by the use of radiofrequency. The Z-wave that was introduced in 2005 also used radiofrequency. This smart technology allows owners to use computers or smartphones to control. Smart home technology has drastically evolved in the last 22 years, and many real estate firms are dealing with smart homes. The fact that they help to maintain security makes them more preferable to homeowners. They help to reduce energy consumption, and this attracts many individuals. The market is highly rising since these devices are now being installed in airports, schools, and offices (Sinha, 2018).
Several smart home devices are on the market right now. One would even call you outdated if you did not own any smart device ranging from smartwatches, smart TV, smart speakers, smartphones, voice assistants, and ring video doorbells, among others. Many people term smart homes as being in the start line. In 2017, there was a prediction that it would be a year of smart homes, but by the end of that year, only 16.3% of homes in the US were considered to be smart. There is evidence that has shown that by 2021, more than 50% of homes in the US will have adopted the smart homes by reaching the projection of $79.2 billion. The essential thing that will make the smart homes reach their projection is if the challenges during innovation are dealt with. Smart homes will, for sure, change the way people live (Jabil, 2020). The most used and adopted smart device is the smart phone, with over 77% of Americans using them for entertainment, education, and connection, among others essential purposes.
Adoption of Smart Home Devices
Smart homes have the potential of providing security to a home. There have been more than 4000 cyber-attacks happening daily and targeting at business accounts. This is a fact that drives many people into considering the use of smart home security in their homes. When one is using a smart home, he or she needs to make sure that they choose the right cloud service provider because sometimes the service providers are the ones who are to blame for cases of hacking. 10% of American users of smart homes reported that they had been attacked online. With these attacks, smart home innovation teams get motivated to work harder to find ways of making them safer. The security market of smart homes is destined to $22 billion in the US by 2021 (Bluespeed, 2016). The security of your home is in your hands. The smart cameras can help in solving crimes and criminal offenses as they will help provide video footage of crime scenes. Also, smart doorbells help in locking out the people that you do not intend to let into the house.
Smart home devices also come with the advantage of increased energy efficiency. This means that it is possible to make your home energy efficient. A smart thermostat is designed in a manner such that it learns the way you like your house temperature to be and thus takes control of heating and cooling your home. It also determines your schedule so that it can start warming or cooling the home when you are about to come home. Lights as well can turn on and off automatically, so even if you leave your home without switching them off, they will automatically do so. This helps in saving energy (Bluespeed, 2016). This fact will enhance the adoption of these devices by individuals. Smart home devices can monitor the activities in your house and give you insights. You can see the amount of time you spend watching your smart TV, the food that is usually present in your refrigerator, and the amount of waste you dispose daily. These types of information can only be gotten if one uses a smart home. The information can be helpful for an individual to know what they always do and, if it is toxic, they can change it. This is another factor that would probably drive a lot of people into adopting smart homes. Smart speakers are devices that have been estimated to reach 409 million by 2025.
Smart devices can make one control their house without being present or when they are too tired to walk to the devices to adjust or operate. Take, for instance, you are watching a TV program, and you suddenly feel like the temperature in the room is way too high, you can control your thermostat from your smartphone and adjust the temperature. You may be in your backyard enjoying the breeze, and you get an alert on your smartphone, your friend is at the door. You can simply unlock the smart lock by only using your smart phone (Bluespeed, 2016). Who does not want to make work easier by operating all the devices in their home by just using the smart phone? No one wants to miss this chance. You can control all your smart appliances from smart lights, smart thermostats, smart refrigerators, and smart ovens. With only a click on your smart phone, you do not have to be present to switch that oven off when the cake is already baked. This is such an excellent deal, and many people consider acquiring the devices.
Smart home devices are not always compatible
When you start up a smart home, you have to make sure that you use the same brand of smart devices all through. Sometimes you might be having a product from Google and another from Amazon, and they end up not being compatible. So, you are not at liberty to mix up the device brands. It is sporadic to find devices from different brands working together. Still, the good news is that these brand platforms are continuing to be diverse, with their collections giving homeowners a variety to choose from.
Collection of unnecessary data
When you want to set up a smart device to install in your home, the device usually asks for your permission to access different apps and files in your phone; that is if you are using your smartphone to control them, such as location, camera, among others. This gives your smart device the liberty of recording your lifestyle, and you never know who might end up accessing it and using it against you. Before you use a smart device in your home, make sure that you have read all the instructions about the data it can collect when permitted to avoid surprises in the future.
Provision of false alerts
Although some settings may solve false alerts, not all of them are avoidable. For instance, you might be having a serious discussion with people in your house and voice assistance, e.g., Alexa may take a command that was not addressed to them and carry it out, thus disrupting your meeting. Another device is the Ring video doorbell. This device usually senses motion and alerts the owner via a smart phone or the connected gadget. So what happens when the wind blows some leaves towards the doorbell? It will surely sense the motion and send an alert (Jenny, 2020).
They can be hacked
When someone wants to access your information or know your daily routine so they can plan an attack, all they have to do is to hack your smart home and gain access to the cameras in your smart devices hence spy on you. 10% of American users of smart homes reported that they had been attacked online. This might be a reason as to why some people are afraid of adopting smart homes (Jabil, 2020).
They are expensive
The price of smart home devices is way too high. Take, for instant, a smart refrigerator that goes for $5000 because of features such as camera and inventory control. The price will make consumers opt for less expensive devices that do not necessarily have to be smart.
More than 70% of consumers who were interviewed worldwide by a 2019 consumer survey termed smart homes as making life more comfortable. 40% of the interviewees also termed smart homes as making people lazy (Statista Research Department, 2020). In Canada, the most owned smart home brand was Nest. The nest is the most popular brand of smart homes, and 23% of smart home users in Canada, as of 2019, had Nest as their brand (Alexander, 2020). Many consumers are fascinated by these smart homes, and this has influenced the innovators into generating more smart home devices to satisfy the customers. The innovators are competing on which company shall produce the best and favorite brand for the consumers. This makes the technology of the smart homes to enhance, and shortly there will be a lot more devices than we currently have.
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