Labor Saving DevicesDevices that add value by reducing housework. This began with the introduction of appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators and dish washers that reduced the work required to achieve tasks such as washing clothes.daylighting system that uses natural light in rooms that is automatically adjusted to not be too bright. As daylight fades the system may seamlessly blend-in electronic light.Automation designed to make homes more pleasing for residents. For example, a bathtub that automatically fills to your desired level and temperature with a heater that maintains the temperature.
Safety & SecuritySystems that improve safety and security. Smoke detectors are a prominent example. As a more futuristic example, a home might automatically prepare itself for a severe storm such as a typhoon. For example, smart windows that deploy a protective shield based on weather data.
CommunicationHome automation systems need not be networked to the cloud. Standalone systems are possible. However, some users may prefer homes that are fully integrated with their digital life such as social media and other communication tools.
Assistive Technology & MedicalAutomation that assists people with disabilities or that automatically performs procedures of medical prevention, diagnostics or treatment.
EntertainmentSystems and devices designed to make homes more entertaining. For example, systems in rooms designed to automatically interact with pervasive games.Robots are machines that have autonomous functions meaning that they can do things without detailed instructions. For example, a robot vacuum cleaner that can navigate toys on the floor and stop to give people and pets right-of-way.
CustomizationEnvironments, structures, appliances and furniture that adapt to user preferences. For example, a chair that changes its firmness based on who is sitting in it.
SchedulesAn assistant that manages the schedule of a home such as brewing coffee and feeding the dog in the morning.
Remote ControlManaging or monitoring your home when you are away. For example, confirming that there is milk in your fridge on the way home from work.
|Overview: Home Automation