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The future of the connected home

How AI-powered devices are changing the way we live

February 25, 2019

Think you have a fairly clear picture about how the connected smart home may look in the future? Don’t be too quick to say yes.
 
Some predictions about the role of artificial intelligence (AI) may surprise you and have you widening your imagination.  As Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Echo become more commonplace and AI technology more sophisticated, there’s a growing number of smart home scenarios that no longer seem so far-fetched.
 
5 ways AI may transform our lives in the near future
 
AI predicts and fulfills needs before you’re even aware of them.
As you know, AI is a computing power that can perform complex tasks that would otherwise require a human brain to accomplish. Because AI is able to make decisions on our behalf, it leaves fewer decisions we need to make for ourselves—and can actually anticipate what we’ll need before we need it.
 
So in the future, AI might turn on lights and adjust the temperature in rooms where you’re expected to go, before you actually go there. It may also start the dishwasher when it senses that it’s full, even though you didn’t know it was time to turn it on. Or because AI devices have access to your calendar, they know to set your alarm early on days when your normal routine is off —like when you need to catch a flight.
 
AI turns your home into your personal caretaker.
AI might also help you reach your health and wellness goals. For example, based on your workout goals, your AI device knows you want to take a new spin class and adjusts your schedule accordingly. It checks the availability of the class, registers your spot, places the event on your calendar and sets your alarm to wake you up early.
 
AI becomes your home’s personal shopper.
Forget the shopping lists—AI devices connected to your smart home will know when you’re running low on laundry detergent, dog food or toilet paper. They will automatically order what you need and schedule everything to be delivered via FedEx. When your products arrive, your smart doorbell with integrated cameras will recognize the FedEx truck and coordinate with the lock to open your front door and instruct the delivery person to place your packages inside your entryway. When the door closes and locks behind him, your home robot will proceed to unpack the items and put them away where they belong.
 
(Think household robots are in the distant future? Think again. Jupiter Research predicts that one in 10 households will have a “housekeeping” robot in 2020, up from one in 25 in 2018.)
 
AI takes on the role of meal planner (and chef).
Smart home devices might also conspire to help you keep your resolutions to eat healthier and lose some weight. Not only can AI devices plan your meals, they can make sure all of the ingredients have been pre-ordered and are sitting in your refrigerator. They can coordinate in-home delivery, if needed, and can use Alexa to program rice cookers, communicate with smart crockpots and follow your integrated recipe apps.
 
AI gives you friendly reminders.
Don’t want to miss your favorite TV show? Need a reminder that you have a project due tomorrow? Using AI, your smart home speakers could offer a gentle reminder that the big game will start soon, or remind your wife about the 90 minutes of work she wanted to get done before going to bed. AI can also program the meditation app and breathing exercises you enjoy doing before you sleep.
 
The bottom line: Regardless of how many of these scenarios will turn into reality—or how quickly—it’s clear that the power of AI can unburden us from many pesky activities that often require too much of our time and attention. Ultimately, an AI-powered smart home can move us to a place of greater efficiency, progress and convenience.  
 
For more information on AI, including what solutions are available today and how they can benefit your customers, contact the experts at Ingram Micro.