The Internet of Things (IoT) is developing at an incredible rate. Not too long ago, the idea of our devices talking and communicating was a futuristic concept left to the realm of science fiction films, where autonomous robots would act as personal assistants, and electronic wonders would take place behind the scenes.
Lights would automatically turn on when you entered a room, and dim when your home artificial intelligence (AI) would detect you were feeling sleepy.
These smart homes powered by intelligent AI would provide increased personal security, life and time management, alongside better energy management and resource distribution. So what might the IoT bring to switchboards in the not-too-distant future?
Lights would automatically turn on when you entered a room, and dim when your home AI would detect you were feeling sleepy.
What will future homes and apartments look like?
Primarily, switchboards are installed by a professional and offer some degree of automation. However, they aren’t designed for individuals to control or configure themselves, which has long required the services of an external technician.
Designers at PhillipSchmitt – who explore the relationship between society and technology – have an idea of what an IoT-enabled switchboard may entail.
Their prototype design allows all the IoT devices in your home to communicate with each other, from large appliances (fridges, televisions and washing machines) to smaller, innocuous additions such as light bulbs or your vacuum cleaner. Many of these objects are already being designed with IoT capabilities, with future potential tied in with data collection set to make our lives easier.
Our beds would act as scales and sleeping assistants to maintain our health, while our fridge may even monitor our eating habits to help us stay on track with a diet. As all of these devices not only require power but an additional central hub to communicate through, the switchboard will still remain the brain of a home, albeit one that enables digital communication as well.
With all this data, future switchboards will not just be a part of your home, they’ll become a part of your interactive, digital family.
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