What the heck is the internet of things? And what is home automation? There are so many advances in technology these days it’s hard to keep up, even here at Incipio. Every day we have to continually stay on top of all the new changes and figure out how and where we can fit in.
In January, Incipio announced home automation solutions that are compatible with the Apple HomeKit. Since then we’ve noticed a lot of interest in these products, but more specifically, there’s been more interest in what this technology exactly does. Let’s take a look at what exactly the internet of things is and what home automation products have to do with this awesome new buzz word.
What is the internet of things?
Internet of things – a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.
Seems pretty straight forward right? Yeah sure, maybe if you’re an IT person or….I don’t know, a robot. Let’s break it down so this all makes perfect sense. You’ll be impressing all your friends in no time with your tech talk.
- “A proposed development of the internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity.”
This is a fancy way of saying, your washer and dryer, refrigerator, and lights will be connected to the internet. The “everyday objects” are things that we use every day that could be put online. Right now we get online with our computers, phones, tablets, and TVs. Getting our TVs online was, and arguable still is, a big step for technology. I can remember back in the day thinking, we will be able to access the internet from our TVs. That day has come and gone. The next step is to get all of our electrical, “everyday objects” online.
- “…allowing them to send and receive data.”
Yet another fancy way of saying, your washer and dryer will now be able to send you a notification over an internet connection that your clothes are done. This is great news for all those multi-taskers and people who hate doing laundry. Raise your hand if you’ve left clothes sitting in the washer too long and had to rewash them.
What does home automation mean?
Great, so now that we get what the internet of things is, how does it work? That’s where home automation and smart home systems come into play. Enter Apple’s HomeKit. What it basically boils down to is that you plug your lights into a smart outlet adapter that will connect to the internet and sync to an app on your phone or tablet. Wha-la, you can now control your lights from your phone. No more clap-on clap-off; say hello to a smart home.
With smart home systems, you can set up a variety of mood settings that correlate with specific demands. For example, you can tell Siri, it’s bedtime, and Siri will activate the settings you’ve previously set for your bedtime settings. You say, Siri, it’s bedtime, and Siri then turns off all your lights, TV, and turns on your security system. You can set your home automation up for bedtime, morning, Saturday afternoon, Monday morning, party time, or whatever regular activity you do that requires your lights to be on or off. One way to make your home compatible with Apple’s HomeKit is with a wireless light bulb adapter.
For some this might sound a little excessive, for others a dream come true. We can only imagine the type of pranks people will play on their friends and family. Remember when you would turn everything on in your parent’s car so that when they turned it on they were blasted by music, the AC and the windshield wipers? Let this be a reminder to those getting the HomeKit to set up a security password.