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Why our homes are becoming smarter and smarter

24 January 2019

Devices for all our household chores like folding clothes, doing laundry and mowing your lawn are being given more and more technical features to make our lives easier. That is just the beginning. Blinds that go down on their own at pre-set times or at certain light levels, a thermostat that sets its own temperature and lights that can be turned on by voice command. A smart home is the new standard.

Why make things harder than they need to be? More and more products in our home can connect to the internet and easily communicate with each other. These products are being sold by a growing number of retailers as well. Take IKEA, for example, where it will soon be possible to buy smart drapes. The development of smart-home products is in full swing. What is the history of the rise of these state-of-the-art technological feats?

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The first washing machines

By the end of the nineteenth century, people were already beginning to realise that there were easier ways to do household chores. In 1889, the first water boilers were put on the market. The first washing machines followed soon after – although the earliest models were hand-powered contraptions. Refrigerators, saw machines, microwave ovens and countless other inventions were next. These devices did not become truly smart until the end of the twentieth century, however. Why? Because of the rise of the internet!

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Once it became possible for devices to communicate via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, home automation really took off. In 1999, Microsoft already knew just how smart a home could be. Just take a look at this video about Microsoft’s smart home. Now, two decades later, many of the technologies shown in this video are actually found in our homes. The internet has changed how we live – and it has certainly made our lives a whole lot easier.

From wireless to robots

The history of smart-home products can be divided into three generations. Wireless technology was first, the internet as we know it today and products that communicate via e.g. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or ZigBee. Find out what technology suits your products best in our whitepaper: connectivity. The second generation is formed by products that include some form of artificial intelligence, like Amazon Echo. What about the third generation? Robots that can become your friend! They can show compassion, help you and talk to you.


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