We’ve seen countless advancements in smartphone capabilities. It does a host of things in an ultra-compact device. It’s this device that does much of the driving of home automation today, and will in the future. As Josh told us, “A smartphone is a lot of things; it’s a mini computer, it has a lot of processing power, some even have near-field communication (that’s where you touch your phone to another phone to transfer data). It’s that ability that could have your electronics knowing you’re in a room, all without you having to alert it with a button push or app swipe.”
In the near future, you could walk into your home and your smartphone would ping the room telling it you are there. Consequently, all the technology in that room would adjust to your personal settings; lights, thermostat, TV channels, everything.
Josh also points out that, “Manufacturers are looking at what can be done even if you don’t have your phone with you.” Nest thermostats are a good example of what is possible. The company has moved into smoke detectors. Why? Because you have a smoke detector in nearly every room of your house. So by putting motion sensors on these smoke detectors, Nest can adjust the temperatures of rooms when people are in them, and readjust them when people leave. This has further implications for the home automation world. Some day, similar sensors could identify who is in the room, what they want, and adjust everything in the room to that person’s pre-determined standards. They could even be programmed to have certain settings in the morning, afternoon and night, or settings when you’re alone or have people with you. The options are nearly endless.