What is a smart home?
When you think of smart homes, you might think of the Jetsons. Everything is automatic, from taking a shower to Rosie the housekeeper. A house like the Jetsons isn’t just a futuristic idea. Most components of a home can be automated, including lighting, heating, air conditioning, locks, doors, and appliances. A smart home can improve your daily life. A smart home may also allow the elderly and disabled to live safely and conveniently.
History of Smart HomesHomes of the future have been around since the early 20th century. World Fairs of the 1930’s depicted automated homes. In 1956, Frigidaire showed off the kitchen of the future which featured a computer screen showing a completed recipe (see video below). From 1957 to 1967, Disneyland featured the Monsanto House of the Future. The home was set in the year 1986 and featured a microwave oven. It was a round, Jetson-like home made almost entirely of plastic.
Setting Up a Smart Home
Early adoption of automated homes was limited to the more affluent. One of the major reasons was the early stages of electricity. Automating a home into a smart home can be as simple as setting up an automatic coffee maker to brew your pot of coffee so you awake to selecting your daily preferences on a smart grid. No matter what your budget, there’s so much you can do to begin automating your home today!
Stats on Smart Homes
Smart phones and tablets are driving the growth of smart home technology. A 2011 Parks Associates Research study showed that 77% of consumers surveyed would like the ability to remotely monitor their home while away. A 2012 study by Juniper Research predicted the value of the smart home market at $60B by 2017 with the smart entertainment segment at 82%.
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