Smart cities will be the future as the internet bridges together all devices no matter what size they are off towards a single connected world. From automated lights to small robot cleaners to smart locks, there are endless areas where IoT devices could be integrated for a smarter and connected world which can be controlled by your handheld device. These smart cities will only become a reality if the mass consumer market adopts the IoT devices starting from their homes and workplaces.
Many of our everyday tasks involve machines that are manual and the time to operate on them could be saved if the processes are automated as well as connected to each other. From getting up every morning using your alarm to immediately raising the curtains and getting your coffee made instantly, all these tasks which previously required time can now be achieved using IoT.
Let us take a look at how the Internet of Things gadgets made from pairing Arduino with some sensors and modules can transform your everyday routine like you never could have imagined before:
From getting up in the morning to getting your coffee made using an automated coffee maker linked with Google Assistant or so forth to making your breakfast, all these tasks can be done by using Arduino modules connected to your Wi-Fi and programmed as per your everyday routine. You can control your kitchen appliances from your mobile, so remote cooking is also a possibility by putting your food to cook on the stove and turning it off after a specific time. Smart ovens can be preheated to a specific temperature so they can be ready for use once you get home.
These smart appliances if used with other AI-powered systems can automate your kitchen with ease. We have been seeing robotic arm chefs that are able to cook a number of dishes without any help. Even Samsung showcased such a bot this year at IFA. Smart refrigerators take care of your food storage and inform you when you need to buy something. You can also get recommendations on what to cook based on your refrigerator’s content.
State of the art security systems
With the advent of any new technology, the human mind wanders towards using it for security. IoT is no different. It has great potential for securing our homes and offices against intruders and giving us more control over our homes. Bluetooth enabled locks like Kwikset’s Kevo provides a range of products that can be used with or without a smartphone.
Alongside locks, you can view any part of your home anytime and from anywhere you want with Wi-Fi enabled cameras. These are paired with the central modem at your app and through an app which logs all the IPs assigned to these cameras, you can remotely monitor your home and ensure safety.
Another cool application of IoT gadgets revolves around automated gates. It is expected that in the future, your home gate would automatically open using a sensor which has logged the appearance of your car or any vehicle that happens to be in your home. As of right now, you can use a simple motor paired with a Bluetooth or IR sensor and a remote to automatically open your home gates by sitting in your car when you come back home.
Feed your pet even when you are not home
If you are planning on going on a business trip away from your home for a couple of days or so, you can simply use IoT gadgets to feed your pet while you are away. You no longer need to leave your dog or cat at your neighbors or relatives if you are planning to go away for a while. By simply assigning a time of day when the feeding bowl has to be filled, you can go without any worry and your pet will get his or her food throughout the day as and when needed.
You can also attach a tracker to the collar of your pet to track its movements around the house. In case you fear you have lost your cat, simply open up a mobile app and signal the collar. It could either be GPS enabled or a buzzer helping you easily spot your cat.
Home lighting automatically adjusts with time of day
Smart lights are capable of sensing the time of day or the lighting in the room you are currently in to automatically turn on. They can also turn on if you enter a specific room and turn off as soon as you leave it. The latter case involves the use of IR sensors which detect if there is a person has entered the room or has left it. Smart lights can help you observe Daylight savings times and also help you save electricity by automatically turning off lights incase you forgot to switch them off yourself. You can also use a mobile app to control the switching of these lights if you would like more hands-on control otherwise, they can be automated based upon your preference.
Home cleaning simplified
A tiresome and time-consuming process of the day is cleaning your home. It can be easily automated using small robots which take a round of your home at the start of the day to clear away dirt and trash without any help needed from the owners. These robots may be synced to your Wi-Fi or may even be controlled via your mobile device using Bluetooth. The biggest advantage is that they are small and can easily reach areas of your home where your vacuum cleaner or broom may not be able to go.
To conclude, these applications listed above are the starting point to connect cities together in the world through the internet. From automated speed cameras to automated billing and much more, these smart devices will change the working of our daily life as we know it. But before any of that happens, consumers must adopt these devices at their own homes to actually be comfortable enough to use them elsewhere.