home automation or domotics is the technology behind creating smart homes and smart houses. It allows users to control their home environment, including lighting, temperature and similar appliances. It involves electrical modification and programming electronics to create a responsive sensory environment in living spaces.
Home automation technology gives users control of their entire house through their own smartphones. Meaning that less and less physical effort is required to maintain and run a household. The great part is that domotics is becoming simpler than ever and doesn't require complex equipment. Anything with an electrical connection in the house can be easily hooked up to a wireless hub and controlled wirelessly on your phone.
Nest Labs is one such company that introduced home automation to the world in 2011, with sensor-driven, WiFi-enabled smoke detectors, thermostats, security cameras and other automated products. They quickly became quite popular and the startup generated amazing profits within a year or so and was later acquired by Google Inc. in 2014.
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Another example is that of the largest multinational conglomerate - Philips, which introduced their new set of "smart" lights and other similar products under the brand name "Hue". Philips is at the forefront of developing new technologies in the home automation industry and they've made their products affordable and accessible to their world market.
What was once only a tech billionaires luxury, is now easily available to the general public and isn't a very expensive set up at all. Soon most homes will come built-in with smart home technologies and you can finally stop worrying about whether you switched off the lights in the hallway. With smart devices running everything, it's crucial to know how things work and how to realise the endless possibilities of such technologies in our homes.