From AI voice assistants to remote-operated baby monitors, the wealth of devices in the ‘smart home’ category grows every year. These connected devices use an internet connection to communicate with each other and their users in order to carry out a variety of tasks, like drawing the curtains, turning on the lights or checking who’s at the door.
Aside from automating mundane household tasks, are these devices actually making homes ‘smarter’? At MyGlobalHome we believe that when applied thoughtfully, technology can provide much greater value and meaning throughout the lifecycle of a home.
Most modern ‘smart home’ solutions tend to prioritise efficiency and temporary problem-solving, lessening the impact of small inconveniences in everyday life. What they fail to do, is accurately observe and respond to the residents’ unique requirements of home life and enable longer-term solutions.
Home means something slightly different to everyone and everyone’s home should be equipped to fulfil their specific needs, whether physical, mental or social, expected or unexpected. In the near future, homes will not only be able to anticipate the needs of their residents but have the flexibility to respond and adapt to them, leading to homes that are responsive rather than smart.
What people need from their homes changes and evolves over time. Whether people need extra space for a growing family, or adjustments to account for ageing or ill-health, or a new designated place to work, homes should respond to keep people supported and in their homes for longer.
In collaboration with our teams of expert partners, MyGlobalHome are working to create platforms for building responsive homes that can assess, predict and adapt to the needs of their residents. We can create homes where smartness exists in the very fabric of the building, not just as a superimposed layer. Our moving wall technology is one example of this. Find out more here.