By Divya Mistry

With the current period being touted as the Age of Technology, it is no wonder that technological advancements and upgraded gizmos are taking over our daily lives and basic needs to make things convenient. Right from our phones doubling up as Personal Assistants and offices being compressed into portable gadgets like laptops, phones, tablets, technology is a basic necessity to lead an optimum life. With creativity driving new innovations, there is no dearth in new products in multiple sectors; and one of the upcoming markets for smart innovations is home automation.

Today, with most people working long hours and opting for convenience when doing up their home, the concept of home automation or smart homes has been picking up steam steadily in India. A smart home is convenient to maintain, has better security and better to monitor and also makes your life easier significantly. While most of us know what is a smart home , the question here is how to make a smart home, especially when there are a multitude of options with numerous functions to choose from.

Start by looking at what do you need instead of looking at products first. Make a list of the basic things you need as per your lifestyle to look at what kind of features and products you will need. You could also start with some basic products to begin your home’s ‘smart’ makeover and keep on adding to it over time.

Security

One of the most advanced segments under smart homes is the security segment. Your safety and your home’s safety can now be easily ensured and monitored by installing smart locks, CCTV cameras[V2] , video door phones which can even be connected to apps and be made password protected. This way your home is literally a safe haven for you and your family and you can keep a check on everything through your phones anywhere, anytime.

Lighting

A smart home needs smart interior décor, not just in terms of aesthetics but also functionality. And one of the prerequisites of smart interiors is smart lighting. There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to lighting with motion sensor lights, coloured lights, curtains that are connected to apps to let in natural light. Such lighting options are convenient and energy efficient as they can be switched on and off and customised to suit your mood and events with just a tap.  

AI

With Artificial Intelligence being the talk of the decade, a lot of devices have been introduced to make life easier and have a sort of a personal home assistant to take care of a lot of your daily tasks. Such devices are handy to get information about your social calendars, to do lists, general knowledge, music, etc. by just one command. These devices are also designed keeping in mind spaces and are very compact and super-efficient.

Entertainment

When setting up a home, entertainment plays a key aspect in the planning as good entertainment is something that most of us look forward to at the end of a long day and even when hosting a great house party. Well planned spaces give you the benefit of well-planned systems and set up your wireless speakers, game zones, smart TVs, etc. 

By Divya Mistry