The Jetsons, the popular sci-fi cartoon set in the year 2062, quickly became synonymous with the future. The future seemed promising; the nuclear family lived in a luxury smart home with a robotic housekeeper. While some elements of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon haven’t become a reality yet, easy-to-control connected homes and domestic robots are no longer figments of our imagination. Robotic vacuum cleaners, smart home appliances, AI-based voice assistants are becoming a part of our daily lives, buoyed by the continuous development of the automation industry. As per industry estimates, the global smart home automation market is expected to reach $21 billion by 2020.
Rapid progress in fields like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and cloud computing is paving the way for increased adoption of smart devices. In a recent report on home automation trends in India, Statista has forecasted that the number of homes with active home automation systems could move up to 5 million by 2023. With 2020 here, let us look at some of the prominent trends in the home automation world.
Voice-activated digital assistants
Voice assistants are likely to continue to their successful run this year. Modern customers prefer gadgets that are compatible with these voice-activated digital assistants. It’s expected that 2020 will see a growing number of devices (besides TVs and robotic vacuum cleaners) integrated with Alexa and Google Home support, offering a seamless user experience. Likewise, more manufacturers will focus on building voice-controlled smart devices with advances in ML. These voice assistants will be more capable and feature-rich, with better multi-tasking abilities.
With smart mirrors, we can expect impressive progress in 2020. They come with surfaces that can display social media feeds, give news and weather updates and interact independently with other smart appliances. In addition to offering a higher degree of convenience, these devices are being developed to pick up subtle health signs and detect the symptoms of diseases.
Housekeeping robots will get smarter
There are robots that can vacuum and mop the floor and even navigate their way around obstacles. These battery-powered robotic vacuum cleaners are configured in such a way that they avoid bumping into furniture and falling down the staircase — without any human assistance. Some high-end housekeeping robots also come with the voice-controlling feature. In 2020, we will have a large scale adoption of these devices in India, even outside metro cities like Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.
Robust security system with automated features
It’s been observed that a majority of Indians prioritise safety when moving into a smart home. Smart locks, facial recognition-based key management system, intelligent sensors and alarms are some of the trending AI-based safety features. This year can bring further advancements. For example, a smart camera may be able to differentiate between the homeowners, neighbours and unusual visitors. This will bring down cases of home evasion and robbery. Moreover, smart sensors will be able to record any changes in the environment, such as a drastic drop in air quality.