Apps to Control Smart Home Appliances
We’re currently living in the age of age of connectivity, where we constantly switch from various mobile devices to computers and other gadgets, multiple times a day, either to communicate with someone, play games, or shop online. There are also times when users just wish they had greater control over all of their devices. And although the use of mobile applications is growing at a rapid pace both at home and at work, the IT industry apparently never saw what was coming in terms of complexity of system integration. But it would have been pretty obvious with a little foresight as we already have access to a number of connected device technology such as touchless toilets, proximity-linked garage doors, and so on. There are also a number of apps that allows users to control devices like the lights and heating, with a simple finger-swipe.
Why App-Controlled Appliances?
Whatever it is that we want to do, we’re going to have to use an independent app for every device that you use and every function that you perform. And that doesn’t seem that bad at the moment because most of us will have a maximum of 2-3 connected devices in or homes, but what happens when you’ll have to control everything from your garage door to the thermostat, it would be extremely tedious and frustrating to manage and operate dozens of individual apps that are running at the same time. So, even though we can already buy wireless charging surfaces and Wi-Fi enabled appliances, these apps will allow us to operate these devices via a centralized app. Appliances that can be used via your PC, to control your appliances will work for following reasons:
- In the future, people will need an integrated platform to operate all their connected devices.
- As computers get more compact, PC apps will once again become more dominant that mobile apps.
Existing App Controlled Technology
Samsung had showcased its “Smart Home” technology at the 2015 CES in Las Vegas; a revolutionary connected home service that allows users to connect their smart TVs and appliances to smartphones and other connected devices. The technology is currently focused on the following core services:
- device control
- home view, and
- smart customer service
Even Siemens, whose core business is not dedicated to the manufacture of common home appliances and gadgets, is involved in the race to control all appliances by developing and building the infrastructure that will allow all these devices to connect with each other.
Then there’s Apple’s Home kit for iOS 8, which allows users to quantify their own data and that of the environment, and seamlessly interact with all the smart devices that they own. The fact remains though that the development of Intelligent wireless control systems has been a long and winding road, and the automation HVAC, lighting and other gadgets and systems are fairly recent developments, so the next big step is to have all these automated systems and devices working to harmony to increase effectiveness and reduce expenses.