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Home Automation Innovations

Labor-Saving Devices Conserve Energy and Assist the Elderly and Disabled

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A home automation control panel; photo courtesy Jennie Reedy

Technology’s purpose is to improve life for people, and one of the most exciting areas where this is happening is in home automation. The capabilities of automated homes are many, but there are a few that stick out.

The top capabilities of home automation help people live safer, more efficiently and more comfortably.

Top Capabilities of Home Automation:

  • Increased home security through modern systems
  • Energy conservation management
  • Assistance for the elderly and disabled
  • Robotic “help”
  • Entertainment value

Enhanced Home Security

Perhaps the most important capability of an automated home is increased security. Home security systems are taken to the next level with CCTV cameras, automatic email and text notifications, intelligent sensors, and more.

It seems fitting that a “smart house” should know how to look after itself. This means a specific response to a specific signal.

Benefits of Energy Conservation

Everybody forgets to turn the lights off from time to time, but an automated home system like Vivint doesn’t.

With the house looking out for your energy conservation, you can watch both your light bill and environmental carbon footprint drop. Automatic temperature controls and motion detection lighting are a couple of ways this is accomplished.

Assisting the Elderly and Disabled

Scientists and developers are constantly looking for ways to extend and improve the quality of life for those with physical limitations such as the elderly and disabled.

Home automation systems address this capability. Through the use of video monitors, alert systems, robotics, and more, these individuals are able to stay at home longer and live more independently.

Domestic Robots

While robotics technology is still a long way away from emulating Robot Rosie in The Jetsons, there are some home automation systems that can do cool things like water the plants, feed the pets, and cook dinner.

One of the most popular devices are robotic vacuums. Perhaps the area with the most awe-inspiring room for growth, domestic robotics could drastically change the way people live.

Remote Appliance Control

Remotely controlled pet feeder; photo courtesy MJN123
It is now possible to do things remotely like adjusting your HVAC thermostat, turn on exterior landscaping lighting, and preheating your oven. These tasks were previously possible over the internet.

Now however, it is possible to complete these tasks using your smartphone. Check out the remote pet feeder in the photo above. It is controlled via the internet and dispenses the required amount of food and water.

Automation for Entertainment

This inchoate technology has the capability to both help you kick back and relax and entertain for large parties. Features such as light dimmers, home theaters, and music systems are added luxuries that improve quality of life and make a “smart house“ a popular leisure destination for both family and friends.


There is no doubt that home automation is one of the most intriguing areas of technological development today. Already its capabilities are improving the lives of families and individuals, and there is a lot of room to grow.

If you want to look into Vivint, it is best to contact a local division of Vivint, such as Knoxville, TN Vivint home security and home automation in order to get the best set up for your area.

One question remains—what will be the long-term societal effect of this technology? Will it make us a group of jobbernowls? Will we be able to use it responsibly? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comment area below.

About the Author:

Jennie is a technology blogger residing in Georgia. Away from the computer she enjoys tending to her garden and spending time with her 3 beautiful nieces.

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