From the days of Dexter, the boy genius and Batman with his smart cave and even more recently on movies such as Marvel’s Iron Man towering in his Point Dome House. From the above examples we have visualized how smart homes are a fantasy comes true. In reality, we are not far off neither are we there yet. We have electric gates and doors such as Lockitron, automated lawn mowers and yard sprinklers to mention but a few. However, the next generation of smart homes will blow your mind. It is close to the imagery we see in futuristic series and movies. Let’s see what is in store for us sooner than we think.
Next-GEN Robotic Technologies for Your “Classic Home”
For starters a bit into the theory of what it all means when we say: Robotics and robots. A robot simply put is an agent that is controlled by a computer program to do a specific task. According to http://www.progressiveautomations.com, in Artificial Intelligence, any agent has a specific environment and has pre-fed data about that environment to make it function well in the environment where it’s meant to function. For example, an automated gate ‘knows’ its boundaries and its functions (knows here is quoted to show that true there is some intelligence involved but we need to remember that it is inanimate.) Therefore when triggered by a button or more intelligent ones, by motion detectors, it activates and using actuators opens and later closes the gate.
Robotics applies in so many fields particularly it has become instrumental in manufacturing such that plant managers cannot imagine life without them. Coming to homes, Morelli (2015) says “robots that perform many tasks will arrive in our homes. But don’t just doing the laundry or dishes just yet” This norm tells us that beyond having the household washing machines and dishwashers, there is a lot of expectation in the future.
The move of investors towards home comes not as a wonder because private homeowners, read rich folk, can spare a few bucks on a smart house. They can do this far more than factories and the customers stretch them to limit in specialized designing of the robots coupled with different environment as mentioned above.
Among the specific areas homes can be made smarter are entertainment, security and energy. Far beyond that, Myo, the gesture control armband from Thalamic Labs suffices this. According to the demo Stephen Lake, Thalamic Labs CEO and co-founder, shows Myo can control your Apple TV and Home stereo.
When working with Bluetooth beacons more devices become operated wirelessly. On the CES 2015 featured Matt Rogers of Nest, who are among companies trying to create intelligent rooms that will be our bedrooms and servant quarters pretty soon. Smart beds that can track your child’s sleep pattern and even having an inbuilt alarm that wake you up that’s awesome who wouldn’t want that.
Internet-connected door locks are there, but what is to come is an entire connected home where from your smartphone’s interface you can get notifications of any impending danger from security CCTVs and heat level from the thermostats. As far as home assistants are concerned we foresee a future where the iRobot becomes a general purpose boat; inbuilt vacuum cleaner and wait at the table while you eat. Moreover in the effort of creating smart rooms, devices attached to the lighting of the room and stereo system such that it can sense your attitude/mode and transform the environment to suit you.
So back to robotics, all robots being agents respond to stimuli, interpret the stimuli and eventually send a command to actuators to execute the tasks. Linear motion systems are systems acting on a certain path (line) of trajectory. For example sliding doors act in one line of closing and opening. So does closing and opening a sunroof. At first it is ejected from a lock and then slid through by the actuators parallel to the hinge and vice versa in line. These actuators come in different types. They can be mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, piezoelectric and electromechanical (mostly used in robotics).
Automation has taken over almost every aspect of our days, all thanks recent development in robotic technologies. But my question is, would you like to substitute robots to help out with your home chores? Hit me up in the comment section and let’s discuss pertinent issues about robotic technologies and what the future holds for automation industry.