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Home Automation – The Future is Now


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This week we’re going to look at Home Automation because at last, the future is now.

For those of us that grew up as children of the 70s, we were supposed to be the leisure generation. By the year 2000, we’d all have robots doing the heavy lifting at home and at work. Oh, and we’d likely be working a 4 day week as well.

I was excited at the prospect of owning my own Metal Mickey, or at a stretch Twiki from Buck Rogers. An automaton butler to fetch, carry, and generally take care of the things I wouldn’t want to do. Like, tidy my room, maybe.

Fast forward to 2019 and it’s fair to say that the predictions were a little off the mark, certainly at a domestic and consumer level. That isn’t to say that technology hasn’t changed our lives and continues to do so apace. We’re now connected to each other in ways we couldn’t have imagined a generation ago.

However, we’ve moved from a work life of 9 to 5, leave work at work to an always on environment. Messages are delivered to the palm of our hands 24/7 and blink at us demanding an instant response. From that perspective, it could be argued that technology is ‘helping’ us to work ever-harder!

Technology in the home though really is developing to make life easier. We’re not necessarily talking about robot vacuum cleaners (although I can feel a Dear Santa coming on) and lawnmowers though. Today, technology can be used to make our homes more economical, safer, eco-friendly warmer or cooler, and just a great place to live.

In future articles, we’re going to explore the specific areas of home automation and the benefits to be gained. For example, how often have you arrived home later than planned to find the heating has been on for 4 hours and doing a great job of warming an empty home? Or gone on holiday and left the timer set to heat the empty house several times per day for no good reason?

Imagine that’s something you can control from anywhere in the world using your mobile phone. That’s just one benefit amongst many, and that’s before we scrape the surface of the ‘internet of things’, often referred to as IoT.

Stay tuned for more details on how Parker Home can help you make the most of tomorrow’s technology today.