In 2007, Apple surprised everyone and announced the first iPhone. At this time, it was a major leap for society. We went from a “basic” cell phone where we were able to only call and text to a smartphone where we were able to surf on the Internet, send emails, use apps and download files. It’s hard to not see similarities with the jump from “basic” home to smart home.

A Smart Home, what is it?

A smart home is a residence that has lighting, heating, air conditioning, entertainment audio, security, and more that are able to communicate with each other and can be controlled remotely. In other words, compared to a “basic” home, a smart home offers energy efficiency, security and convenience to its owners, at all times.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the most common elements that turn a home into a smart home:

Lighting

  • Turn the light on when someone enter the room and turn it off, after a few minutes, when no one is in the room.
  • Set the light power at a desired level.

Security

  • Use a smart lock to lock your door remotely, if you forgot to do it.
  • Create virtual barrier that will alert you if someone crossed it.

Entertainment

  • Start playing your favorite music in every room of your house with one click.

A Smart Home, what does it looks like?

Actually, a smart home looks exactly like a regular home. The only difference is that the home has some connected devices.

A Smart Home is already capable to learn how its owners are living. It can predict actions such as adjusting the temperature in a room, if someone is in it or not, to minimize energy consumption. This is what we call at Hayo: Context Awareness. Companies innovate so quickly that we can wonder what a smart home will look like in five, ten or even twenty years.

A new report shows that 52% of all respondents plan to buy a smart device in the next two years. What about you? Are you ready to take that step?

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