Smart Homes Are Becoming A Reality

Smart homes are a thing of the near future.

Professionals with an IT degree are in a great position to get involved in the growing business of the Internet of Things. Tech companies are becoming increasingly invested in exploring new avenues for creating smart devices, experimenting with everything from refrigerators that can predict grocery needs to virtual reality dinner parties. This has been a significant part of the discussion at this year's IFA Consumer Electronics Conference in Berlin. The IFA conference is celebrating its 90th anniversary, which is especially remarkable in the fast-paced tech world. Not only did the ​conference serve as a place for Samsung to announce its new Galaxy smartphone devices, the company also took the time to discuss the near future of the smart home. Although, integrating technology into a comfortable smart home right now seems like a thing of the distant future, Samsung as well as other tech titans believe it can be done practically and affordably in the coming years.

What is The Smart Home?
Generally, the idea of the smart home relies on a network of intelligent devices being fully integrated throughout a living space. For example, lights might automatically shut off when you exit a room or the thermostat could be controlled from your smartphone. These ideas have already been realized in a variety of ways, but very few homes are equipped with a full range of tech-ready features. As eerie as it sounds, a truly smart home will be able to fully complement the life of its inhabitants from room to room. Moreover, a smart home will have the ability to predict certain human needs. CNET explained that this could include your home being able to suggest recipes using ingredients in the fridge that are about to go bad. 

Why Aren't We All Living in Smart Homes?
Though the technology is readily available, creating a smart home is still rather costly and for the moment lacks total interoperability. That is to say, you might be able to create a smart home using gadgets from various tech companies, but the devices won't yet all be able to work cohesively. Over the coming years tech pros will have to develop more affordable IoT devices and create methods to allow them to collaborate. 

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