Smart homes are no longer a luxury. They are becoming a natural choice for people who want to enjoy more comfortable, convenient, and safe living spaces. In recent years, artificial intelligence has become a constant and welcomed presence in houses around the world. AI technology has added an extra level of safety and security while allowing people to enjoy a more pleasant way of living. Due to the increased demand for smart homes, home automation tools are now more affordable, and smart household appliances are a must for technology aficionados.
AI for more secure houses
One of the most popular uses people have found for artificial intelligence when designing homes is its capability to improve home security. The technology is encapsulated in devices equipped with a variety of features, including facial recognition and threat analysis. The system can recognize objects and faces and send notifications regarding the people standing at the front door. Facial recognition allows for advanced AI devices to recognize the faces of family members, friends, and even pets. It won’t be long until AI-powered smart cameras will monitor the activity in the neighborhood and identify potential threats based on artificial intelligence logic. Moreover, artificial intelligence has also been used to create smart locks activated through mobile devices.
AI for safer houses
AI-powered smoke alarms are already available on the market. Equipped with smart features, they can speak, alert, and even think on their own, all to prevent fires and carbon monoxide leaks. Smart smoke alarms communicate with owners through mobile apps installed on their smartphones. They can send various notifications regarding battery level, smoke, carbon monoxide leaks, and even pinpoint locations where they may be a fire or smoke outbreak.
AI for automated household activities
Artificial intelligence is designed to mimic human abilities. This feature can be applied to smart homes to make our lives a lot easier. Smart homes can help humans save time and effort and focus on the things that matter to them. When your AI devices can take care running the robotic vacuum, wash and dry the clothes for you, adjust the interior temperature according to the preferences of the people present in the house, play music, adjust car temperatures, and turn on and off the lights, you will have more time to focus on the bigger things. LG has already developed the DeepThinQ 1.0 technology that can handle everything we just mentioned above based on voice and video recognition and cloud connection. And so have Samsung and Viaroom Home!
AI for smart kitchens
Smart kitchens help people avoid mishaps related to food being cooked for too long or not enough. Smart ovens and stoves are no longer just a concept. They have entered our homes and are helping us cook better and faster. Smart ovens and stoves are now equipped with AI systems that can assess the temperature of the food being cooked and bring it down if it proves to be high. Moreover, apps can inform users when the food needs to be removed from the oven or stove. It can even start the preheating process before the user comes home.
AI for electricity storage
Artificial intelligence has a role to play in distributed energy generation. That’s because it integrates automatic energy storage systems with distributed energy sources to store and use electricity. Moreover, due to the technology’s capability to store electricity in energy storage systems, smart homes can benefit from energy even if there is a power outage. In other words, due to energy storage enabled by AI technology, smart homes will find it easier to gain independence from the electricity grid and save money on electricity bills.
AI and smart voice assistants
Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant are AI-enabled units used to control various smart home systems through voice commands. The interesting fact is that every time one of your AI-enabled assistants makes a mistake, it will learn from it. And it will evolve! Your voice assistant takes the data associated with the query, learns from the error, and tries to provide a favorable response. Everything is stored, analyzed, and improved in time. That’s because your digital voice assistant relies on data and machine learning to help you control your smart home features. Moreover, Google Assistant can now understand and speak more than one language at a time, which has proved to be a great improvement for bilingual homes.
And the future sounds…emotional?! Companies are now trying to teach artificial intelligence the secrets of emotions. LG has already added a cheerful personality to its Clio robot, while Sony will enhance its Aibo Robotic dogs with personality and unique emotions.