Your morning alarm goes off, the lights slowly brighten, and your first cup of coffee starts brewing. In the IoT connected home, your morning routine is just one of the smaller aspects of life that can be automated, customized, and streamlined.

Aside from the novelty of controlling your home appliances through your smartphone and the internet, it’s all about quality of life improvement. Monotonous or complicated tasks can be easily automated, while other aspects of your home can be controlled in a way that simply wasn’t possible before IoT devices. Making household items “smart” doesn’t cut it, though. The connected item has to solve a problem or make life a little bit easier.

Some of the most popular connected home devices turn existing household objects into smart devices. Afterall, buying new appliances, gadgets, and even light bulbs, to make your home smarter can be a tough sell. Instead, it’s often easier, and more cost-effective, to smarten up your old “dumb” appliances and gadgets. For example, you can turn practically any surface in your home into a smart remote with a little gadget called Knocki. Or, you can reap the benefits of a $5000 smart fridge just by slapping a $100 Smarter cam on your existing fridge.

One of the most exciting things about the connected home, is the ability for smart devices to communicate with each other. Stringing together smart devices can allow you to automate anything from your morning routine, to a custom home security protocol when you leave the house.

In order to continue the advancement of the connected home, we’ll need to focus on a few things:

  1. Unified communication protocol so that smart devices from different manufacturers can properly link to each other.
  2. Collaborative partners to avoid the drop-off trend of new IoT devices. For example, an alarm clock manufacturer partnering with the light bulb manufacturer and coffee maker manufacturer for your morning routine.
  3. Security, security, security. IoT devices are notoriously recruited for botnet-style DDoS attacks due to their lack-lustre security protocols.

Now that we’ve taken a quick look at the connected home, we’ll dive into smart IoT-connected cities, next week. If you missed our Intro to IoT, check it out!

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