DIY-ing your way to a smart home? Let’s reconsider!
The current smart home penetration in India is 1.5%. Also, the smart home market in India is expected to grow at 44% in the coming years. Hence, there is a very high possibility that you are a part of this growth and are planning the big shift to a technology-driven home as we speak. Good decision, we say. But the bigger question is, how are you planning to achieve it?
You can either buy a home that was designed to be a smart home and has been built accordingly. Or, you can conduct the digital transformation of your home by yourself. You might decide on the latter in order to save some money or fulfil your technological cravings. Having said that, there might be some graver issues that shall surface once the process starts. And we are here for a heads-up. Here goes-
The UI dilemma
A smart home only feels smart when the interface to use the technology is simple enough for you and us to understand. However, the thing to understand here is that it is not a single UI we are talking about; rather we are referring to a number of UIs that come with each smart home equipment and needs to be integrated into a user-friendly interface.
So, you got a smart home kit and a hub to centralize all activities. Can you now build a consolidated UI on your own considering the variety of devices you have got? And even if you do manage to integrate, isn’t there a possibility that only you (as the designer of this array) understands the complex UI and no one else? The possibility of this can be quite high.
Are you dis-integrating?
Consider this. You have spent hours selecting the exact model of the smart lights, home assistants, secure locks etc. Now imagine the horror of going through the installation of this equipment only to discover that they are not 100% compatible with each other. For example, perhaps your home assistant does not support the party-lights function of your smart blubs.
In a dream-like smart home weekend morning, you shall wake up to your favourite music playing and the room temperature set to just how you like it. Now when the milkman comes to your door and rings the doorbell, the music pauses and the smart security system shows you who it is at the door, you unlock the door sitting in another room. Also, in the dream-like smart home, all of this happens through a single app and through the click of a single button. However, in a DIY installed smart-home the reality might be different with you scrambling across various apps to get the system working and this whole science of your home is completely inaccessible to any visitors!
Let us trust the expert-
Let’s face it. Somethings are better accomplished by experts. You would be surprised at the number of things you did not know about smart homes; right from the network, cables, wi-fi capabilities, equipment functions etc. Internet of Things works on the concept of connected devices that talk to each other and to the cloud. Now, what if the place you have installed one of the devices doesn’t come with the required low-voltage wiring? However, with the right experience and tools, similar matters can be resolved in a jiffy.
Considering the above-said factors, it is advisable to invest in a pre-designed and equipped smart-home in order to actually experience the revolution that a smart home is; and not struggle with it. Why indulge in something that could be left to the experts? Watch this space for more such information!