When we were children, we envisaged a smart home with flying automobiles, silent but kind robot butlers, and magic ovens that opened to serve a completely prepared meal. We’re still waiting for the majority of this to be fully realized, but smart homes have come a long way from The Clapper’s limited value.
We have our lights set on schedules that match with sunrise and sunset, our smart home hubs communicate to us and offer news, weather, and traffic information, and we have our lights set on schedules that align with sunrise and sunset. When we’re not at home, our smart thermostats can sense when we’re not there and reduce the temperature to save energy.
Nonetheless, in order to keep things working effectively, most smart homes require maintenance, upkeep, and modifications to those routines. The motion detector, on the other hand, is a feature of the smart home that is underutilized and might help our smart homes work more intelligently and efficiently.
Motion detectors are largely underused
It’s not a new concept to use motion detectors in smart houses. For years, motion detectors have been included in Philips Hue’s lighting system, allowing lights to turn on when someone approaches.
Motion sensors in a Nest Smart Thermostat can tell the device you’re home and keep the temperature comfortable, and motion detectors in a Ring home security system allow cameras to start recording or security lighting to illuminate an area.
The majority of the time, motion detectors are only used as a last-minute addition. They are an additional expense and are intended to be positioned in a room to trigger actions in the connected smart home devices. What if, instead, more devices were equipped with motion sensors? What if all of our smart home hubs had built-in motion sensors that could assist us fine-tune our actions?
Why isn’t motion detection used more effectively in our smart home hubs?
For its Sleep Sensing function and some rudimentary gesture controls, Google’s newer Nest Home Hub has a motion detector, but in my experience with it, I was unable to link this operation to get it to switch on the lights when I entered the bedroom, as an example. It appears that this was a squandered chance.
Although some smart home hubs, such as the Amazon Echo Show 15, now include cameras that can recognize people and deliver personalized screen answers (such as showing you your day’s to-do list or appointments), they aren’t set up to trigger smart home actions if they see you.
When the Show 15 sees you, for example, there’s no straightforward way to get the lights in the kitchen to turn on. As more of us add these hubs and home centers to every room, motion sensors could be placed into smart home hubs to help trigger actions we want without the need for an additional sensor.
Some smart motion detection is transpiring
This is a tendency that is beginning to emerge. When you walk into your office with your Amazon Echo Show 10, for example, the Show 10 detects your movement and turns on your decorative Nanoleaf lighting panels as well as the overhead light (or a task lamp), start your ambient-at-work music playlist, and turn on your Amazon smart plug to turn on a fan or air purifier.