What is it that transformed the cell phone from a clunky, small appliance only the rich owned into the powerful, mini computers we all carry in our pockets now? Necessity. And if not a genuine necessity, at least the perception thereof. There came a point in time where people decided they could not exist without being connected on the go. They wanted to be connected in a way that could not be accomplished by pagers or primitive hand-held PDAs. Thus, the cell phone was aggressively developed for the consumer market.
We are seeing a very similar pattern unfold in the arena of home automation. Necessity is becoming the driving force leading to more and more consumers purchasing home automation packages from cable and home security companies. Others are designing and building independent systems though their numbers are declining over time.
So, what is this necessity? It’s nothing in particular. Rather, the need arises on a case-by-case basis. Take the example of Twice blogger Joseph Palenchar and his wife. A broken leg and subsequent surgery thrust them into the era of home automation whether they were prepared for it or not.
Complicated Task Made Easier
Without going through the entire story, Palenchar and his wife quickly learned how difficult it was to open the front door when one was recovering from a broken leg. The couple installed a video doorbell that would enable Palenchar’s wife to monitor who was at the front door when her husband was not home and, when necessary, remotely unlock the door to allow her home health aides entrance without having to get up and hobble to the front of the house.
What the Palenchar’s did via technology was to make a complicated task easier. As such, they have been introduced to the wonderful world of home automation. They can now begin exploring an entire smart home package with the knowledge of what just one simple device can do. They could be well on their way to home automation that includes everything from electronic door locks to every appliance in their home.
Necessities of Modern Life
Breaking a leg and requiring surgery certainly makes one quickly realize how many simple tasks we routinely take for granted. But let’s talk about the necessities of life in a grander sense. Even without a broken leg, most of us are so busy in this modern era that finding time to do things at home is challenging. We move hectically from one thing to the next, barely giving a second thought to whether or not we have left the lights on or adjusted the thermostat.
You have seen those television commercials showing the harried homeowner forgetting to close the garage door upon leaving the house. But with a smartphone app, that is not a problem. The door can be closed from virtually anywhere.
What is depicted in these commercials is closer to reality than many of us realize. And that is the beauty of home automation. Consider HomeTouch Home Automation by Monitronics as an example. HomeTouch® gives the homeowner options for both automation and remote control. The homeowner can program thermostats to run a particular program every day of the week, for example. But if circumstances require a change in the middle of the day, it can be handled remotely with a smartphone or tablet.
Necessity is indeed the driving force behind the quick acceptance of home automation. Thanks to companies such as Monitronics, technology is making our homes more efficient, friendlier, and certainly more secure. It is making complicated tasks easier and routine tasks simpler.