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Why is Home Automation Becoming So Popular?

The rise in popularity of home automation systems can be accounted for by its decline in pricing in recent years.

Since home automation systems' introduction several decades ago, when a hard wire retrofit of your home by professionals was the only avenue, costs have fallen. Many of today's new systems do not require special wiring to be added to an existing home at all. Some components of the technology are wireless, as well. However, although there are some systems that can be installed by the do-it-yourselfer for a more modest price, most high-end products with a greater number of applications to offer, still do require professional installation. In addition, It is often a good idea to get what you think you may need in the beginning from the manufacturer of the home automation system, rather than planning to add on later or fit technology systems you already own into a purchased system, as compatibility can be an issue. New homes, in all price ranges, often have home automation systems built in to begin with.

Pricing aside, a generational acceptance of technology has also played a large part in the growing popularity of home automation systems. Using a Smartphone, Blackberry, Android, iPad or any computer connected to the Internet, a person anywhere on the planet can access his or her home's system. Those at ease with technology appreciate the simple convenience of phoning home with instructions to keep the porch light on. A few of the systems currently on the market come with voice recognition. The central station inside the home can be a computer with a keyboard, one with a mouse or a touch screen, depending on your interactive comfort level.

The customizability of home automation systems adds to their growing acceptance among average householders, too. Basic triggers, such as turning on outside lights at a prescribed hour are easily set. Macro triggers, a series of events such as lighting indoor lamps, locking outside doors, and turning on landscape lights at dusk, are simple to implement.

For families with kids old enough to let themselves in after school, keyless door locks as part of a home automation system can be very useful. Each person can be assigned a personal code to open the door. Now Mom can be sure Junior came home right after school as he said he did. Indoor cameras could also reveal whether he drank milk right out of the carton or used a glass as he was supposed to. Whether or not he actually started on his homework unfortunately remains a mystery not solvable by current technology.

Home automation systems can turn on the built in irrigation system to water the lawn at dawn, start the dishwasher after everyone has gone to bed, block unwanted calls from specific numbers, and show you who is at the door so your can decide whether to answer it in your pajamas. They can even remind you to put the trash cans by the curb, but unlike Mom, they won't do it for you.

It's Time to Fool with Mother Nature: Use the Weather Forecast to Automate Your Home

We all know how to get a weather report by asking Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for the information " or checking an app " or programming a home-automation system to present the Web-based data on a touchscreen. We can even install a weather station ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:58:00 GMT

Smart Home benefits and risks: look before you connect

Considering what's at stake, it's even more necessary for us to take stock of the situation and get a better sense of what you gain and what you lose when you make your home smart, sometimes smarter than you even. Automation is really the biggest ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:54:00 GMT

HomeKit Weekly: Getting started with Apple's Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

HomeKit Weekly is a new series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple's smart home framework. In our inaugural edition of HomeKit Weekly, we're starting with the basics: becoming familiar with ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:08:00 GMT

WWDC 2018: Apple, Siri and the future of mobile voice automation in iOS 12

controlling home lighting automation; listening to podcasts; asking how to spell a word; or requesting a car from Uber or Lyft. Other "Skills" were odd novelties, such as playing cat noises or thunderstorm sound effects, asking for a word definition of the ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:11:00 GMT

Seven years in, Nest is hitting its smart home stride

your Nest Cam IQ Indoor can stop recording while you're home for privacy, your Nest Thermostat E can adjust to your preferred temperature and your Nest Secure alarm system can disarm -- all automatically. That sort of automation is great when it works ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:45:05 GMT

Reply Inaugurates Innovative Test Automation Centre

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: ... By being available "as a service" , a Test Automation Centre offers companies the ability to monitor the quality of products and ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:12:00 GMT

A digital fridge magnet that acts as a home hub

Well, Triby has come of age. It now combines Amazon's Alexa technology with Apple's HomeKit home automation ecosystem and suddenly looks like a near-indispensable hub for anyone interested in home automation. This new Triby, still called just Triby ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Mar 2018 04:51:00 GMT

Angie's List: Home security & automation

BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) --You probably know your security system can monitor your alarms and locks, but increasingly, home automation can be tied into a single network controlled by your security interface. "You can automate many features of your home ...

Published:  Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:49:49 GMT

It's Time for a Complete Home App Makeover

You can find out more about Club MacStories and subscribe here. I've spent a lot of time experimenting with home automation gear since late last year: lightbulbs, light strips, electrical plugs, and door sensors, among other things. Most of the devices I ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:40:00 GMT



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