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Using AI and IoT for Smart Home Development

May 17, 2022

Personalization and automation remain the main areas for improving the quality of the user experience. They are also helping make life safer, more convenient, and comfortable for millions of people.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) have become powerful tools in recent years. Through them, a symbiosis of functional automation and fine-tuned personalization is being created. We will examine how technology is influencing the development of the smart home in this article.

Artificial intelligence in everyday life allows the technology to replicate some user tasks at an automatic level. A pre-programmed program determines the abilities with a set of machine learning or deep learning algorithms.

What is IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the capacity of gadgets to communicate with one another over the Internet. This feature is available in both household appliances and industrial systems. Furthermore, the technology enables devices to analyze events and form judgments without human participation.

Digital assistants

Today, there are AI and IoT-based automated security systems and voice-activated remote devices. Millions of individuals, for example, use Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant regularly. Thanks to advances in technology, researchers are enhancing voice recognition capabilities, increasing the functionality and value of the technology.

Users can control devices without using their hands and switch programs on their TV using Bluetooth speakers. But for now, the system needs to be improved, as the results are unsatisfactory from a security point of view. Fraudsters have learned how to hack into voice-activated devices.

Benefits of AI and IoT

The main benefits of AI and IoT in an intelligent home system are:

  • The user can turn off/on all AI-connected devices in the house, even while in another country in the world;
  • All data on the operation of smart appliances are fed into an app on the smartphone, ensuring complete control over them;
  • If desired, after the user leaves the house, all smart devices will automatically switch off.

Examples of automated devices

Virtual assistants can search the Internet, call specific callers, and even synchronize with other devices simply by voice control. The technology can come in apps installed on a smartphone or embedded into the device via software.

Let’s look at a few devices that can be used in a Smart Home system equipped with AI and IoT technologies, their features, and functions.

Washing machines

The use of technology in washing machines allows them to regulate the amount of detergent or other detergents used, set the operation mode, and switch the device on at a particular time. In addition, the regulation process can be programmed depending on a load of laundry in the drum and the type of fabric.

The system automatically informs you when the detergent has run out and sends a notification. This means you can save on washing and energy costs, and the machine will automatically increase/decrease the operating power according to your needs.

Machine learning technology allows you to study a person’s daily routine in detail, analyze it and make adjustments. For example, if a person goes to the gym every three days and marks this in the calendar, the machine will automatically switch on the proper mode for washing after the user has put dirty clothes in it.

The machine will automatically detect the weight of your laundry and choose the right amount of water for it, which will also save you money.

Smart speakers

Smart speakers were some of the very first devices to incorporate AI and IoT technology. Many models have voice recognition software. A smartphone app can also be used to control them. Voice commands may be used to construct playlists and grocery lists, as well as activate notifications and reminders and search the web.

Refrigerators

Refrigeration appliances using artificial intelligence can automatically diagnose the system, preventing parts from failing prematurely and saving money. In addition, the device will regulate the power and energy consumption depending on the load on the shelves.

Deep learning allows you to monitor the number of goods and identify them. For example, the app will display the number of remaining products even when the user is at work, allowing for timely replenishment. Then, based on the analysis, the AI will suggest specific recipes, targeting different products.

The user may take a picture of the refrigerator shelves, create a grocery list, and check the temperature in the fridge and freezer sections remotely.

Cleaning robots

Thousands of people worldwide suffer from dust allergies, and millions complain about the constant appearance of dust in their homes that interferes with their comfortable lives. But unfortunately, few people even clean it off their flooring after a hard day’s work, and many cannot afford cleaning services. A robot cleaner can solve the problem of dust and dirt even in hard-to-reach places.

The main unresolved problem with the technology is the lack of precise synchronization with the home ecosystem, which reduces its efficiency. But researchers are continuing to solve it, so in the near future, there should be universal cleaning robots capable of dealing with all kinds of obstacles in the form of furniture and appliances.

Door locking system

Thanks to a smart door lock, the user can monitor whether or not the door is locked and send a signal to their family members. There is also a function for receiving a notification when other people open the door, which increases security.

Keeping an eye on the baby

Even if mum is in the kitchen preparing dinner and baby is in the nursery, she can continuously monitor the baby with the baby monitor system. The user can always follow the baby’s movements on the screen thanks to sound and video capture. Furthermore, most models offer Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G, ensuring seamless signal transfer.

Final Thoughts

AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) have the ability to make smart home systems more helpful for people while reducing their touch with equipment. And although the technology was formerly considered a luxury commodity, it is now affordable to a considerably more significant proportion of the population.

They will make life easier for everyone, not just those who understand technology; any user will be able to configure devices and automate work procedures intuitively.

Everyone will appreciate the increased security, lower energy costs, full automation, and autonomy of devices. AI and IoT are improving, and in time, their possibilities in the Smart Home will be limitless.

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