Today’s tour around an interesting apartment interior is not quite ordinary – this time we’d rather focus on “smart” technologies used within the major rooms, than on their decorative details. We’ll use this flat to demonstrate the most important innovations in the sphere of Smart Home systems and how they can be controlled from a smartphone.
In 1990 one of the inventors of the “Internet of Things” John Romkey connected his home toaster to the Internet on a bet and prepared the world’s first online breakfast. Now any person can feel like a super hero, controlling his or her domestic appliances over a distance via Smart Home systems. Googie-style interiors that remember personal habits of family members were deemed science fiction when “The Jetsons” series was launched and animated fantasies of Tex Avery were perceived as utopian. Now these dream technologies became a part of many people’s daily lives and an integral part of modern apartments.
Smart Living Room
For many people passion for remote controlled interiors starts from “smart” lights. Perhaps, this is the most available and affordable technology of the future at the moment. Smartphone “dimmer” apps are successors of acoustic clap-on-clap-off light switches that seemed innovative as well not so long ago. Nowadays with the help of them a living room can be lit like the Berghain (a famous night club in Berlin) or like a cabin in the woods. And all this can be done right from a sofa or on your way to the grocery store.
When it comes to a “smart wallpaper” concept, it’s all about a revolutionary white color. The point is that in a “smart” interior the wall color can be changed depending on your mood. But it should be noted that for this sake you’ll need to spend on a few dozen meters of special sensors, which activate digital ink. Besides aesthetical dividends, “smart” wallpaper has real practical benefits: it redistributes the energy of domestic appliances and thus cuts electricity bills, and “watches” your kids with the help of motion detectors.
Some kitchens can be even smarter than living rooms. A refrigerator with incorporated load sensors not just reminds its owners that they’re running out of milk or cat food, but even orders foodstuffs from an Internet shop.
Electronic radio frequency identification tags (RFID) used for labeling products in stores not just contain information about the prices of the goods, but also “know” their expiry dates. Once this technology becomes a common practice, refrigerators will be able to check the state of foodstuffs and make up menus so that neither carton of milk would go to waste.
“Smart” technologies can even brighten up your morning waking up. At the right time a silent alarm clock in cooperation with your bedroom lights will simulate the sunrise and will take care about your morning cup of espresso in tandem with a coffee machine. And those who wake up at night will appreciate a “smart” light path that will be so kind as to show you the way to the bathroom or refrigerator in the darkness.
If you’re interested in Smart Home systems, you’re going to enjoy our previous post with an entertaining video: