By Utpal Chakraborty, Head of Artificial Intelligence, YES BANK
Imagine coming to a home that automatically unlocks the doors for you, the coffee brewing, your favorite music on, a favorable fragrance uplifting your mood, temperature and light settings just as you like them, your dinner is laid out on the table, the rooms already vacuumed without been instructed, your lovely plants watered and laundry done and dusted in your absence.. Autonomous homes are the future and there is no denying to that.
The answer lies in the effective and functional integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). With its intelligent learning abilities AI can successfully go through huge volumes of data transmitted by IoT devices and offer meaningful insights to come up with the most feasible adjustments that could highly upgrade the users living experience. Autonomous homes run by AI can ‘learn’ the patterns of behavior of users and automatically readjust the settings based on the moods, choice, habits and routines of the inhabitants. Living in an autonomous home is like living with a friendly robot with a fully functional mind of its own.
Break free from the sickening monotony of the daily chores and let your autonomous home take charge!
Autonomous homes will be there to minimize human effort by making devices and appliances all the more intelligent using AI and IoT.
From Smart garages and cars to automated gardening; smart homes have your household chores sorted. You can be anywhere in the world and still operate your garage door without even lifting a finger. In an autonomous home system, a home cleaning robot could be easily optimized to use smart technologies to customize their cleaning operations based on different room surfaces and making adjustments for new items or furniture. Moreover, these can be programmed to work out a time and energy effective vacuuming routine based on intelligent movement pattern that can be closely customized for each living unit. Not only this, cleaner robots working on AI can work out a schedule that doesn't interrupt user activities or working hours, hence causing minimum hassle. Similarly, with AI integrated thermostat systems users can preheat or cool their rooms before arrival or regulate the temperature of different house units via accessing the Wi-Fi integrated thermostat controls remotely. Furthermore, the thermostat solutions can even predict the optimum room temperature based on the weather conditions and adjust it accordingly. And if the users prefer a varied temperature setting during active hours and sleeping times, the smart thermostat unit can record that data and use it efficiently. All of which is essentially the embodiment of IoT integrated with AI.
Autonomous homes keeping a close Vigil for infallible security:
With AI and IoT integrated into your smart home for optimum security, you can sleep in peace.
Autonomous homes will be there to minimize human effort by making devices and appliances all the more intelligent using AI and IoT
Efficient care systems for senior citizens:
With a growing population of elderly people in almost all countries, family members have an added responsibility to look after them. But having a 24/7 physical presence is highly impossible. With intelligent learning technology and demand forecasting features, the autonomous homes regulate temperature, humidity, oxygen supply and even connect housing units to medical care facilities so that the elders are never left unattended. Plus, with acute sensors installed in the elderly’s room, house members can be immediately notified if there are no signs of movement alongside or any element of concern placing an automatic emergency call.
Automated child care facilities:
Similarly, smart homes can offer to look after your baby in the best way possible. Visual emotion detectors and mood sensors can tell if your child is happy, sad, or looks confused, and tell other smart home devices to put on a movie, turn up the lights, or check the locks.. The child’s parents and caretakers are then sent a updates and notifications on their smart phone.
High-grade energy Optimization:Smart homes can contribute to a greener and energy saving housing unit by effectively controlling the light, temperature, pressure sensors and managing the water and gas supplies. That means you don’t always have to look out for running taps, unattended gas tops, and electrical devices that your kids will never learn to switch off.
Autonomous homes transforming your living experience:
An ideal ‘smart home’ fit for the 21st century combines digital technology and intelligent machine learning to provide the highest level of comfort and effortless living experience based on demand forecasting and routine habits. AI systems can “learn” your mood and preferences, as well as analyze your interaction with home objects. This is because it takes into account both your physical bodily requirements, your habits and personalized choices to come up with the best plan of action that is both time and energy conserving.
Opportunities, Business prospects:
The big players like Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung and many others have already developed their smart home automation platforms. All these platforms mostly act as a smart Hub which can connect to all smart devices and appliances of your home and serve as a command center which can accept command through an app or voice command to control your devices. The opportunities still lie in the areas where the platform can be made intelligent enough to know your preferences, understand your mood, can do optimization of its own, can do demand forecasting, take care of its maintenance, can take care billing and subscription of its own and many more. Also, considering the heterogeneity and diversity of our homes and living conditions across different geographies and other socio-economic factors; a single universal product will not be sufficient either a single business model will fit into all types of needs. Rather there’s going to be many different products and different business models at different scales that will co-exist catering to the diverse need and huge opportunities. So, undoubtedly it’s going to be the next big wave of automation across the globe.