Marching toward the smart home

picThe world is increasingly moving toward being completely interconnected on every level. Consider the phones we had when they were first invented compared to the powerful machines that exist in our pockets, far more powerful than even the ones that sent humanity to the moon. But central to this progress and advancement has been the idea of being connected.

We can usually predict the future of modern technology by looking at what the very wealthiest use. For example, only the wealthy folk were able to keep a phone in their homes and yet it soon became very common such that we all had one and it was, indeed, unusual not to own one.

Fortune reports on one of the latest examples of this system that is leading the way toward a smart home.

“Savant Systems, founded in 2005 and based in Hyannis, Mass., has released a $499 remote control and hub that promises to unite your home entertainment system with many of your smart home products… The system consists of a remote, a charger for the remote and a hub.”

This unification of all your items into a central network that can be controlled and monitored almost anywhere is exactly what so many think of and mean when describing “smart” systems.

Designers and futuristic thinkers believe that the smart home’s capabilities will be something out of science-fiction. As Wired notes: “homes will soon become intelligent enough to distinguish between family members and guests within physical spaces and adapt to individual needs based on biometrics like fingerprints, body temperatures and even the rhythm of our own heartbeats.”

This isn’t just fancy but could be essential for health, considering how much health depends on proper maintaining of everything from moisture to body temperature. People who are prone to sickness will benefit greatly; as will young children and the elderly.

Part of the smart home, too, is security. While some might be big enough to warrant, for example, a security control room, others might work on the same principles that we noted above: being able to smartly detect and react to the specific people within a set space of the home.

These ideas seem fanciful, but not only will they become ordinary but probably essential, too. This is the nature of technology: that often we think of them as frivolous, expensive and soon they become part of everyday life and, indeed, essential. The smart home is the next frontier for that.