The era of “smart homes” has dawned, and millions of Americans now own appliances that are technologically enhanced to improve lives. While it has taken some time to win over the population, automated devices such as thermostats, televisions, lights and more have made everyday tasks more streamlined and efficient. Now with the onset of the Internet of Things shared network, the foundation is set for all of your household tasks to be automated with a breeze. The future is bright with the following advancements in home automation.
While many technologies exist to facilitate different aspects of your home life, they are often produced by different companies. Nest specializes in your home temperature, Ring makes security improvements, and Amazon, Google, and Apple all have voice activated systems to control other home actions. As these companies further improve their own products, a likely future has these companies integrating their products to make all of your devices compatible.
Smart Kitchen Technology
Automated kitchen tech has already begun to enter the market, but look for this market to grow quite quickly in the near future. With the average American leading a hectic life, the idea of remotely controlled ovens, crockpots, and refrigerators will be a huge draw to homeowners. Amazon is already working on technology to be able to shop for groceries based off of what your fridge is missing. These types of advances are the next frontier of home tech.
Further Progress with Appliances
As your house temperature controls, lighting systems, and kitchen appliances continue to become automated, the rest of your home devices will soon catch up as well. With all of these tools connected on the Internet of Things, the eventual goal is that items such as your laundry and vacuuming machines will be integrated with the rest of your home tech.
Cohesive Audio-Visual Integration in Central Florida
As home technology continues to increase and evolve, everyday tasks will become simple and seamless. However, a smart home is not complete unless its home entertainment system is as cohesive as its other appliances. At AVI Orlando, we specialize in installing entertainment audio-visual systems that ensure a flawless experience when you kick back and relax. All of our speakers and movie tools are wireless and can even connect to your other home systems, further easing your way of life. To learn more about our services and products call us today at 407-233-1880.
It’s no fun tripping over wires or breaking into walls to upgrade or customize your entertainment system. If a new construction home (or a gut to the studs renovation) is in your future, be aware of the huge advantages of pre-wiring to ensure optimal cabling and infrastructure for all your audio/visual needs, now and to come.
Central hub and Structured Cabling
Structured cabling can be installed before walls are closed in the same way electrical wires and plumbing are installed before construction is finished. For this scenario, feeds for telephone, entertainment systems (including speakers and cable TV) and networking run from each room to a central hub. External feeds for services are also connected to the hub panel which can also contain splitters, amplifiers, and modems. With everything clearly labeled, easy access for future changes or troubleshooting is much easier. And, not insignificantly, wires are tucked away for a tidy and clutter-free home.
Control in each room
Speaker cables run from a central hub to a control panel in each room in the home can control volume and other aspects of audio transmission. The latest systems feature keypads with control for switching between sources, or touchscreens for accessing Internet radio.
Installing cables from a central location into each room where you want a TV or entertainment system means you can put a satellite or cable receiver in each room, locate a single receiver centrally, and distribute its output to each room, or connect your TV to the Internet to receive IP delivered content via Netflix, Roku or Apple TV.
The Future is IOT
The Internet of Things (IOT) is coming. Ever increasing bandwidth and more frequent inter-connectivity between devices means it’s never been more important to pre-wire new construction for wireless transmission. A web of data cables can be run from a central location, specifically to rooms with entertainment centers. Currently, these can be networks of ethernet or fiber optic cables.
The Big Advantage
To recap, here’s a list of several advantages to pre-wiring a new build or home under renovation:
- the aesthetics of a wire-free environment
- fewer tripping or shorting hazards, keep infrastructure out of the hands of young children and animals
- maximizing the potential for an integrated security system or remote monitoring, in the future if not immediately
- one touch turn off and audio or internet that flows unobstructed from room to room
- ease of use by centralizing controls
- better affordability to install cable during construction than afterward