Every new invention needs a unique selling point and for many people the major selling point of smart technology is the comfort factor, for which you might also read convenience. People of a certain age can probably still remember when electronic devices changed from needing to have buttons to be physically pressed to being capable of responding to remote controls.
Lights are probably the most obvious example of this. We all know people who never seem to remember to turn lights off after them (and they aren’t necessarily children or teenagers), maybe, if we’re honest, we are that person. Now, technology will help us deal with our bad habits and we can turn lights off remotely or have them turn themselves off when they sense that they are not needed, thus saving energy, cutting our electricity bills and reducing our carbon footprint.
Smart technology and safety
Smart technology, however, can make it look convincing and act as a real deterrent to burglars. It can also make for vastly more sophisticated home security systems, for example there are now doorbells which create a three-way link with a camera and your smartphone, so, whenever someone comes to your door, you can see them and, if you wish, communicate with them even if you are nowhere nearby. In time, it’s likely that these systems will become intelligent enough to recognize who is allowed access to your home and let them through automatically, so no more lost keys or rushing home to let in someone who’s forgotten theirs.
Smart technology finally bridges the gap between the digital world of technology and the analogue world in which we live our lives and hence makes for a more efficient and sustainable lifestyle. Possibly the biggest example of this is the way in which accurate, sensor-driven technology is replacing traditional timer systems in all kinds of places. For example, home heating and/or air-conditioning systems can now respond to the actual temperature rather than simply switching on or off according to the schedules we have set from previous experience of that season.