- Smart homes is considered to be a promising trend in 2017.
- It will let you control home appliances using your smartphone.
Take a look at this basic Oakter Smart Home automation kit priced at Rs 5700 that includes 6Amp and 16Amp smart switches. The 6Amp one will let you connect low power devices and the 16Amp high powered ones like geyser, AC, water pump and so on. Once installed, you can quickly control all the appliances using the mobile app. It comes with a connected mobile app that lets you control your appliances. Some start kits are priced more than Rs 6000.
For instance, you are in Delhi on a hot summer day. The app will let you switch on the AC even before you've stepped into your home. If you've forgotten o switch off the fan, you can easily do using the mobile app connected to the Smart Home kit.
Another such startup is Inoho, which is also working at taking smart home to common man. Its switch module and home controller will help you make your home smarter. Meanwhile, there has been an onslaught of smart appliances such as a smart fridge, an intelligent washing machine, smarter security for home with sensors, cameras, monitors and so on. The year 2016 was better than 2015 in terms of demand for these products, and the shipments are expected to significantly increase in 2017.
Moving our taps and swipes, the trend of voice based input is catching up, owing to products like Amazon Echo and Google Hub. Earlier this year, Deepankar Garg, co-founder Inoho told us, "Historically, the smart home was controlled only through the smartphone, so the consumer needed to go through the phone and through the app. Then with Siri, the consumer did not need the app, just the phone was good (for limited use cases). With Alexa, you don't need to have the phone in your hand, so it offers a better consumer experience. Google home is a sign that the voice ecosystem will evolve and not just remain an on-off effort, as now, we have multiple players trying to develop a solution. In a sense, solving for voice in smart home is similar to solving for the last mile connectivity in logistics."
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:54 PM IST