DOMOTICS: A SMART HOME

IS LIVING WITH A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT THE FUTURE? OR IS IT THE PRESENT?

DOMOTICS: A SMART HOME

IS LIVING WITH A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT THE FUTURE? OR IS IT THE PRESENT?

No matter what kind of life you conduct, it is a certain fact that technology has a very important part in it. Whether it is home-office, interacting with your smartphone or just satellite TV, we are constantly in contact with the whole world through internet.

The development of informatics has changed our routine dramatically from 20 years ago. Nowadays, being connected to the global network is a must for living as a society and we can do almost anything remotely thanks to the support provided by internet.

So, if we have this amazing capabilities within our reach, why not using them for a greater purpose?

Architecture has evolved as well and today it is possible to apply the most advanced technology to every step of construction, from producing materials through more sustainable methods to robotics in the building site.

However, in this article we are going to concentrate on the link between informatics and sustainable living. What benefits does home automation entail? Is it possible to reduce energy consumption by programming certain tasks? Can I do some household chores remotely? Let me answer all of your doubts.

DOMOTICS: WHAT IS IT?

The application of informatics into the automation of a house is known as domotics. This concept ranges from turning on or off a smart lamp remotely or programming the coffee machine to great you every morning with a warm cappuccino, to enabling your front door to open only when you approach your house, and all of the nuances in-between.

Through the use of different dedicated apps, you can establish a connection between your personal phone, tablet or computer, and any other smart device installed in your house.

Moreover, there are several virtual assistants on the market, such as Siri from Apple or Alexa from Amazon, that can make the whole experience more user friendly since they can receive voice commands: you are only required to state what you want to their physical support (which can be your smart phone or a pair of special speakers) and the virtual assistant will work its magic.

OPPORTUNITIES OF DOMOTICS APPLIED TO LIVING

Home automation is a reality and it covers almost every facet of housing.

Lighting is one of the easiest aspects to associate with informatics since there are many ways to do it in a simple way, so you can even do it yourself with the right light bulbs and the appropriate app.

Most house appliances on the market are already equipped with smart features and can be managed from your personal devices. There are dedicated programs to control aspects such as cleaning or heating, but keep in mind that they all require their specific physical support, so you will need to install the correct valves and sensors.

IMPACT OF AUTOMATION ON ENERGY SAVING AND RESPECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

Introducing informatics into the house means that it is possible to make all of your day to day activities more efficient, and as a result, change significantly your consumption of electricity, gas or water.

There are several ways to transport your spaces into the future. For example, if the illumination of your rooms is linked to your smartphone, it can follow you and turn on or off the different lamps as you move around the house.

Several apps can be linked to your heating systems and guarantee a reduction of your bills by adjusting automatically the house temperature to the weather conditions, so that it only activates when it drops off the selected range and it is strictly necessary.

Another useful development involves laundry, because the amount of water used by the washing machine can be adjusted to the quantity of clothes that need to be cleaned by weighting them. Water saving can be achieved too by intelligent irrigation of plants through a sensor that reads the dryness of the land in which the grow.

Furthermore, with the helpful aid of a virtual assistant a lot of household chores can be programmed in advanced to be performed only when needed. Intelligent vacuuming or mopping are executed by robots that can be set to do it on schedule according to your personal requirements.

Contact me, I will be happy to assist you in designing the innovative and sustainable spaces that you desire.

The Architect’s Advice

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Architect and urbanist, I was born in Pisticci, a town in the province of Matera, in the south of Italy.
My occupation allows me to express my passion for ARCHITECTURE, in all of its forms, from urban planning to construction, from the building site to interior design.
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Architect and urbanist, I was born in Pisticci, a town in the province of Matera, in the south of Italy.
My occupation allows me to express my passion for ARCHITECTURE, in all of its forms, from urban planning to construction, from the building site to interior design.

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