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Robots are Invading Your Home...To Help You

Robotics and automation were once mainly associated with industrial applications in factories far from home; but today this is no longer the case. Robots have come a long way interacting and even cohabitants with humans as these friendly home invaders make millions of lives easier.

While we may not have the time traveling cars or hoverboards expected from the 2015 of “Back to The Future,” home automation is more present and desirable than ever. We’ve found ourselves welcoming the robot revolution with open arms as it makes our daily tasks and chores easier. In a world of constant multitasking, these smart devices are allowing for humans to efficiently do just that.

Where you once may have forgotten to lock your door or turn off the lights, technology is now sophisticated enough to give you access to  your home on the go.  Apps on our iPhones can control the temperatures of our homes and monitor the security cameras while on vacation. Here are a few ways automation can turn your simple house into a Smart Home.

 

Safety

In years past, home monitoring and surveillance has been the driving force in creating home automation in its current form. The need for safety and want for reassurance has stemmed new systems that will bring 24/7 live footage right to your smartphone. SimpliSafe Home Security, for example, has around the clock monitoring capabilities that will continue working with or without power, leaving no reason to fret while you’re away on vacation.

Alarm triggering technologies are also in the works that can listen and feel for certain situations. After detecting a broken window, a fire or a natural gas leak, an alarm will trigger notifying the homeowner first and even calling 911 in certain cases to help keep your home and, most importantly, you safe.

Lower Your Electric Bill

Here’s one benefit that almost everyone has dreamt of; a lower electricity bill thanks to home automation. Forget to turn of a few lights before leaving? Some systems allow you to track which lights you left on and shut off the air conditioning when know one is home. Other systems can sense the presence of a human and adjust the lighting dimness in the room based on user preference.

Smart thermostats that adjust the temperature in the house depending on if you are out, how you prefer to sleep comfortably and on time schedules. SmartSense for example is a family of home automation products that work together. SmartThings has a device the size of a keychain that will detect your location and once you leave or enter the house syncs and adjusts temperature and lighting.

Chopping Chore Time

Home automation is now helping you prepare dinner...from work. Yes, you read that right. Belkin’s WeMo has a smart application that syncs up to your crock pot at home, allowing you to adjust the temperature and start times from anywhere, so you won’t be stuck in the kitchen. Berkeley students have even developed a robot that will one day wash, dry and even fold your clothes. For the time being it is still in the testing phases and will initially be offered with a $280,000 price tag.

iRobot created one of the most recognizable home automation brands- Roomba, the automated mini-robo vacuum that scurries around the house, squeezing in hard to reach crevices so you don’t have to. While similar robots have come along since Roomba, iRobot is constantly upgrading and working to remain the best in show by adding mopping, gutter clearing and pool cleaning robots to the line.

 

As time goes on we can expect to see many more home appliances gaining automation capabilities in the future helping to cut down chores so you can spend time doing what truly matters. This simplicity will also soon to be available in a store near you. As access to smartphones only continues to increase, we can expect to see a price drop and more accessibility to home automation for all.

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