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When I imagine where technology is taking us in the future, I envision the Terminator movies remixed with Futurama and perhaps even a little bit of Back to the Future II. I personally would not mind some of the technologies used in these films, minus the homicidal computer robots in The Terminator. Though I do wonder what will the future hold regarding technological advancements?
The term “internet of things” was created in 1999, it is in regards to objects which are now having network connections integrated. Objects are gaining a network address, sensory capacity, independently initiate action and computation, they immediately transgress the borders assigned to them (Mitew 2013). We are now seeing our everyday analogue objects, becoming digital. Currently the new addition to the home is smart televisions and fridges containing a limited computer technology. Though this is set to advance under the Internet of things and this concept notes that eventually most household objects will have their own network connections and be networked together. This means that your entire household system can run as a whole.
However, this is not a new concept and we are already starting to see such developments as Smart homes. I was previously unaware of how common Smart Homes were, but even Australia has a development company which specialists in building and implementing Smart Home infrastructure. Firstly what is a Smart Home? Smart Home Solutions Australia notes;
“ might think of the Jetsons, but in reality it’s about using technology in ways that fits with and enhances your lifestyle through added comfort, convenience and security.” (Smart Home Solutions 2013)
Their Homes automation systems integrate multiple systems :
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- Energy and Water Management
- Home Security and Access Control
- Home Lighting Control
- Home Networking and
- Home Communications (Smart Home Solutions, 2013)
Diane Cook of Washington State University is researching Smart Home technology that will observe the occupant’s and make decisions on the behalf of the occupant’s wellbeing. This will make it more convenient for those in the household and also has the potential to significantly help those that are disabled or the elderly that are incapable of undertaking certain tasks or decisions, possibly in regards to heating (Holloway 2012). Cook’s ideal is that computer software will “act as an intelligent agent and perceive the state of the physical environment and residents using sensors that then take actions to achieve specified goals.” (Holloway 2012). These goals are simply to maximize comfort, minimize consumption of resources and maintain health and safety (Holloway 2012).
I find smart homes interesting and can envision this will be the new home of the future that our children are likely to grow up in. Would you like to live in one of these homes?
Also this is sadly my last blog for my Global Network subject at University, thank you for following my post’s throughout these last few months. I hope to connect with you all again in the near future.
Mitew, T 2013, ‘The internet of things: from networked objects to ubiquitous computing’, Prezi, DIGC202, University of Wollongong, 22nd October 2013, <http://prezi.com/1lgxfron1kj0/digc202-the-internet-of-things/>
Holloway, J 2012, ‘Watchers, carers, and administrators: the smart homes of tomorrow’, arstechnica, 17th April, viewed 23rd October 2013, <http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/04/smart-homes-ambient-intelligence-and-the-watcher-in-your-pocket/>
Smart Home Solutions, 2013, Home Automation and Home Control, Smart Homes, viewed 23rd October, <http://www.smarthomes.com.au/whatwedo_systems_accesscontrol.php>