Integrating Digital Into Every Aspect Of Home And Lifestyle

Life and work change along with the accessibility of technology people make use of. When you like using something, you find ways to use it in your everyday life. Ease of use and advances in functionality make things more useful, and the more useful they are, the faster and more deeply they are adopted.

Working From Home Will Make Your Home Work Differently

Because our lifestyles, workstyles, living and working spaces are evolving and merging with one another the space where that takes place needs to change and evolve too. A lifestyle ecosystem will develop around individuals which will include home, work, leisure, and relaxation, all taking place in one unified space. Smart technology will play an increasingly large part in that.

The Smart Home Knows What You Want Without Being Asked

Thanks to thorough R&D it’s easy to identify the fad gadgets and distinguish them from the devices which will slot seamlessly into our lives in the future. Devices for which an immediate and practical use distinguish themselves while the digital fork or Smart drinks flask will only find purchasers among those panic shopping for gifts on Christmas Eve. The benefits that Smart devices bring include energy efficiency, quality of life, especially for people with mobility issues, young parents and the elderly, security, access control, utility consumption, including gas, electricity and water, especially in gardening, washing and cleaning.

Lifestyle Meets Workstyle

Robots Are Already Waiting To Do You Bidding

Obsolescence and price are factors which deter people from adoption. However, because Smart devices are relatively cheap in comparison to comparable products which aren’t so equipped, it’s natural to wait for the old products to reach the end of their usefulness and replace them with Smart alternatives. With the market changing constantly, new devices are released, often on competing and incompatible platforms, there is however a fear that you will buy something because of its additional functionality, and it will stop working once the technology it runs on is withdrawn. A situation like this happened once in television’s earliest days and again with VHS and Betamax, however, today that doesn’t happen. Technology becomes invisible, but it doesn’t go away. Take for example Bluetooth. People have generally stopped using it to ping data from phone to phone, but they are using it daily in wireless keyboards and mice, earphones and headsets, and many connected Smart devices.

Futureproofing Built Into The Fabric Of The Home

The point of wireless technology is releasing you from being tied to the walls of your Smart home. But this comes with its own drawbacks. Every device needs a charger, meaning that you have any number of different wires you need to sort through every time you need to charge a phone, tablet or iPod. Wireless chargers have been available on some phones for some time now, but as the technology becomes more common, ‘powercasts’ are entering the market. This technology reduces the visibility of power outlets, reduces the number of cables and power outlets that are needed shrinks too. Metal cable which is used for data and power can also be used to increase the range and quality of the wifi service. Eliminating blind spots will mean that it is finally possible to control everything that happens in the home from anywhere within the building.

Smart Home Technology Can Go Anywhere With You, Wired Or Wirelessly

Since it’s clear that the Automated Home is going to be here with us to stay, it’s up to architects to incorporate the infrastructure into the fabric of the design as changes in the way we live in a space reveal themselves. They can model the Smart Home infrastructure for clients when designing new builds, restorations and extensions so that the space suits our lifestyles as we develop and become more accustomed to incorporating digital into our everyday lives.

Originally published at on November 28, 2018.