Thanks to technology, life has become very convenient for us. We can buy things online, talk to family and friends across the country and around the world, and control numerous smart devices from our tablets or smartphones. At the same time, those taking advantage of the Internet of Things (IOT) include the world’s largest minority group, people with disabilities.
Along with many other technologies in our digital world, people with disabilities benefit from the use of smart home devices. It’s much like how the public enjoys the benefits of website accessibility. When a website is accessible, it improves the user experience for everyone. If you’re not sure if you understand this technology trend, let us provide you with reasons why you should do so.
I. What is a smart home device?
A smart home is a type of residence that features devices that are connected to each other via the Internet, allowing the owner to control them from a great distance away. Smart home devices include appliances, lights, thermostats, doorbells, door locks, cameras, speakers, etc.
How does a device become a smart home device? Technically speaking, any product in your home that can be plugged into your home network and controlled by voice, remote control, tablet or smartphone is considered a smart device.
II.How can smart home technology help people with disabilities?
Having your devices “talk” to each other has obviously changed many people’s lives, but how do these people with disabilities get help through the smart home? Smart home systems provide control for people with disabilities. These devices can help them enjoy independent living while alleviating the concerns of their loved ones. They save them money while providing power to this community. Smart devices are much cheaper than single-purpose assistive devices.
How do smart home systems do it all? Robotic vacuum cleaners, smoke alarms, ovens and everything else that can be controlled using a smartphone or through verbal control. As a result, people with disabilities are given the “ability” to perform tasks that they used to ask others to perform for them. It increases accessibility without requiring them to change the way their home is designed or built. In short, this type of technology provides them with “home control” that can have a huge impact on the way they live their daily lives.
What better way to secure your home than to install door sensors? Door sensors send alerts to you every time someone tries to enter your home. You never have to worry about leaving your home unattended again, because you’ll know immediately if your door is open.
For people with disabilities such as dementia, loved ones will feel safer with the installation of door sensors. This gives them peace of mind because they will be able to immediately know if their family member has left the home without them.
Smart locks allow you to open and lock doors remotely. It ensures that you are never locked out of your home, and it allows you to provide temporary access to your home at any time if you forget your keys or the code to get in. In fact, you can even specify the number of times and days someone can enter and exit your home. With a smart lock, you can not only provide access. You can also monitor access.
Motion sensors are known to detect movement in areas where there shouldn’t be any movement. These play an integral role in any security system. It can alert you when your child enters an area of your home they are not supposed to be in (such as the basement); it will let you know if your child is breaking curfew or going out while you are sleeping. In addition, it will alert you when an intruder enters your home.
With a voice assistant, you can control various devices, such as the AmazonAlexa app, AmazonEcho or GoogleNest, from one specific app or device. in addition, you can use it to call loved ones, search Google, watch movies, create shopping lists, set reminders and alarms, play music, lock doors and change thermostats. No hands required.
Your doorbell has a camera that records video. Why should you install it? Well, this smart device is a great crime deterrent.
Seeing the camera outside your door recording their behavior will make them think twice about breaking into your home. You can record everyone who comes to your door, which provides you with valuable video footage that can be used as evidence of a crime. Another benefit of the device is that it also allows you to screen your visitors on those days when you’d rather be alone.
Why do you need a leak sensor? Prevention is better than cure. Water damage is hard to detect until it becomes an obvious problem. It can cost a lot of money. Some people with disabilities may not have the ability to find leaks. By installing smart leak sensors in areas where leaks may occur, they will be notified when a leak occurs.
Some people like to keep their homes warm; but others prefer to be cooler. Smart thermostats allow you to set the temperature of your home the way you want it. Why is this important? Well, with a smart thermostat, you can lower the indoor temperature when you leave the house to save money, and then heat it on the way home. For people with disabilities, it’s a blessing to be able to control the temperature in your home whenever and wherever it suits you.
Smart home devices are easy to install and set up. Smart home devices can be daunting for some of us. Most smart devices are designed to be user-friendly. In addition, for most of them, you just need to install an app and plug the device into your home network.
Third, the advantages of using smart home technology
There are too many advantages of smart home to cover in one short article. For this reason, we will cover only five, but these are the big ones. Housework has certainly never been easier to accomplish. You can use a smart home device to preheat the oven, make coffee or vacuum from miles away. Some smart home devices can even let you know when your food is cooked to perfection on the grill and ready to eat, all without lifting a finger.
With a smart thermostat, you can make sure your home is warm and ready to welcome you as soon as you get home. Adjust the water temperature so you’re ready to take a hot shower as soon as you walk in the door. Easily cool and heat your home from your smartphone.
Smart home devices enable you to regulate the amount of energy consumed in your home. You can lower the heat when you leave the house and simply turn it on when you’re about to come home. You can turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms or dim them to reduce energy costs, and when you save energy, you save money.
If you want to keep a close eye on your health or the health of your loved ones, a smart health tracker can help. It can check your stress levels, calories, heart rate, pulse, and even your sleep patterns.
The world is a dangerous place, and fortunately, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy a carefree life. With smart home technology, you can keep a close eye on your home, whether you’re at home or far away. If there’s an intruder while you’re at the office or a water leak while you’re on vacation, you can be notified immediately, rather than hours after you get home.
Smart home technology can even allow you to allow people into your home when necessary while you’re out of town. Plus, even if you’re already at the airport waiting for a flight, knowing you can lock your doors will give you a high degree of peace of mind.
There is no doubt that smart home devices have made the lives of many consumers easier. For people with disabilities, they make life more normal. These devices enable people with disabilities to live their lives more like normal people and make their lives easier. People with disabilities no longer need to rely on assistive technology that is usually used for one purpose only but costs a lot of money. With smart home devices, their lives are better and their pockets are fuller.