Smart home: the IoT in the future of residential automation

The evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) should cause the next big impact on people’s daily lives. It is through the advancement of this technology that it will be possible to leave the house smart, with objects and electronics increasingly practical, functional and self-sufficient. That is, in addition to smartphones and personal computers, other devices can identify patterns, process information, and perform tasks with just one (or none) click.

Today we can already find many home automation equipment and solutions or connected and integrated with the applications, but the technology is converging to ‘do-it-yourself’ or ‘plug and play’ products – that is, you install yourself and within minutes ready to use. The idea is to need little infrastructure to enjoy the benefits of a smart home. You are just having a home prepared for IoT with an excellent internet connection.

Curious to know what the smart house will be like in a few years? At Think Protection Inc. we are going to list a couple of trends that that IoT is revolutionizing and what you can have in your home.

How will the future smart houses look like?

As we have already mentioned, with the evolution of IoT, major residential automation projects will no longer be the focus. The Internet of Things came to make it easier to install and use and of course be much more accessible (in terms of infrastructure costs) to all users.

Besides the practicality and intuitiveness of using the devices, there are many other attractions of automation. We can highlight comfort and safety. By connecting to the internet and endowed with “intelligence, ” objects, electronics and appliances will be integrated and “talking” to each other to make our lives easier. An example: who would not like to program the coffee maker on the cell phone to have hot coffee and ready when they get home? Or else be able to open the door, even without being home and safely, to your domestic servant?

Another advantage is the economy. Being able to control several systems remotely, the user will only connect what he needs and whenever he wants. It is possible to control the lights, the air conditioning, the power of the refrigerator, the use of the washing machine, among others.

What’s to come?

Light bulbs

Controlled by mobile applications, smart lamps allow you to create lighting scenarios with varying colors and intensities. They can also be programmed to turn off and on at predetermined times, even at a distance. Besides comfort and economy, they contribute to safety, since you can program the ignition when you are traveling or just before arriving, giving the impression that there is someone at home.

Access control

The locks will also be remotely controlled, allowing doors to be locked and unlocked through the cell phone, as well as allowing the entry of people – friends, family and service providers – safely, only on days and times scheduled and can view their entry and exit. If someone tries to log in without authorization, the system sends an alert directly to the owner’s cell phone.

Garage or outside doors also follow the same principle. They can be triggered remotely or by proximity. An application or virtual personal assistant will monitor your daily route and “ask” when you are arriving if you want to open the gate to enter soon.

Virtual Assistants

Since we talk about personal assistants on the cell phone, there is also the version for the house. They are also activated by voice command and will be increasingly used because they will be even more useful: they will be able to assist in household tasks, such as updating the grocery list according to the items in the refrigerator, playing a certain song, switching on and off others household appliances, etc.

Security systems

Security will also be made easier. Interconnected to access control, monitoring cameras and alarm systems with presence sensors and opening doors and windows guarantee remote viewing and access only to those authorized. There are a few alarm companies that sell and install such devices.

The internal cameras still gain portable versions to be arranged by different rooms and help to monitor infants, the elderly, the disabled and pets. You can even, for example, confirm that your child came home after school and if someone was with him. The presence sensor can send a notification to your cell phone, and you will check the images right away.

Multipurpose fabrics

Forget the old mirror. In a few years, you will be able to see your image reflected in versatile screens. In the most basic version, they also get a background similar to that of a cell phone or smart TV and are able to show news feeds, videos and other information. The most developed ones can also have specific functions, such as Hi Mirror, which evaluates the skin and provides care tips.

Smarter appliances

Washing machine or dishwasher, coffee makers, refrigerators, ovens. With intelligent devices, multiple home appliances can be programmed remotely and do everything automatically. That is, you can activate everything by the smartphone, which brings comfort to the day to day of anyone. And some of them will even be linked to networks of service providers, such as supermarkets. You can register a list of products, and as soon as they are finished, the refrigerator sends the list to the market, which is in charge of delivering them.


The smart home market will take off if the prices of IoT devices fall and the general public comes to understand the benefits of these products and smart homes, the next logical step is smart cities, which would take the IoT to the next level.

However, smart homes are only a small part of our daily lives that the Internet of Things will transform in the coming years.

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Melissa Thompson

Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.