The Future of the Smart Office

Imagine working in an office where everything can be controlled with ease; installing various cost-efficient smart devices can make any office a smart office. The workplace is designed to be a space for employees to maximize efficiency within the work day. Implementing smart technology within an office space can help any business create a more efficient environment. Employees will have access to more resources that will assist in reducing the time it takes to complete simple tasks. Businesses will cut costs across the board with the ability to monitor any workspace, thus reducing energy usage and other wasted resources.

The future of the workplace is a bright one. Being able to control the lights with voice commands, simple movements, or gestures is among the many potential benefits of this technology. Having efficient use of lighting is any easy way to cut down on energy consumption. Implementing technology such as the ConnectSense Light Sensor, businesses can monitor when lights are on/off and then control them remotely, allowing for more efficient lighting systems to be established.

In addition to the energy costs that can be cut with light management, there are other ways that an office can be improved. There are other smart sensors that can help monitor an environment. Using a Temperature and Humidity sensor can help business gather accurate, reliable data about how the temperature is being controlled. This can help in creating changes in an environment before things become an expensive problem. Managing the office environment with smart technology can help reduce energy usage in many different ways and save business lots of money each month.

The development of the smart office can occur in a variety of ways. Creating intelligent spaces will make the office a much safer and more efficient place. Even though sensors are common ways of monitoring energy usage, there are other sensors that can be used to help make a workplace a safer place at all times. There are smart security cameras, Motion Sensors,  and Security Sensors that can help keep employees and valuable equipment protected. Having a safe environment will give employees the peace of mind and the comfort to work without distraction.

There is an enormous potential for businesses to save money with these cost-efficient smart devices. The future of the workplace is one in which employees are not concerned about their safety, in which employers can cut costs, and where people can actually get work done. Employees cannot be expected to be efficient if the place they work is not efficient itself. In order for companies to continue to grow, smart technology should be a universal standard within the professional world. 

Future-Proof Your Home with These Eco-Friendly Devices

Many homebuilders recommend that you practice eco-friendly techniques as well as future-proof your home by using technologies that evolve with it. Using eco-friendly technologies helps both the environment and your wallet. Future-proofing technologies don’t have to be fancy; sometimes they’re as simple as using a protective film on your windows or changing out an outlet. Following these tips can prepare your home for the future, save you money and even help save the environment from the outside in.

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How Technology In Entertainment Provides the IoT Inspiration

The depiction of technology in entertainment gives us an idea of how we want to make our lives better. Whether it is a home that greets you when you get home and prepares you pizza in three seconds like in Back to the Future or by using a replicator like in Star Trek.

My favorite futuristic society though is depicted in The Jetsons. The Jetsons takes place in a futuristic utopia that is set in the year 2062. (We only have 47 years to go!) They had cars that folded into suitcases, robot maids and a home that did everything for you including making you dinner and cleaning up afterwards. This was the 1960s view of the future.

One interesting thing about The Jetsons is that it only lasted for one season. This was because it was produced in color but most TVs at the time were still black and white and people didn’t find it to be that futuristic. The Jetsons accomplished a much larger following after color TVs became more common in American homes. Whether in color or black and white, presenting ideas such as home automation and technology in the 1960s was way ahead of its time.

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So while the suitcase car is not coming anytime soon, a lot of the concepts of Internet of Things (IoT) are beginning to be introduced into our lives. As life often imitates art, we draw inspiration from this entertainment to imagine where our lives are going.

What futuristic product do you want to see in your life next?

How the Past Relates to the Future Promise of the IoT

This concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) was first introduced by technology pioneer, Kevin Ashton, while working at Procter and Gamble. In the late 1990s, Procter and Gamble had a big problem with their supply chain and Kevin Ashton was looking to solve this problem using RFID technology. It was a concept way ahead of its time. Kevin Ashton then went on to found the Auto-ID Center at MIT to further advance this concept. Since then, the IoT gained a ton of momentum as sensor and networking equipment has become cheaper, smaller and more energy efficient. As we move beyond machines relying on humans, we are able to add connectivity to all sorts of new devices. By providing devices with better information, us humans are able to stay more informed, automate and take action like never before.

This is really not the first time we have seen automation in our lives though. Before we take a look at where the IoT is going, let’s take a look back.

In the early 20th century, electricity was starting to be introduced into the home and with this came a lot of new innovations. For instance:

  • The first lightweight, electric iron was introduced in 1903.
  • The first refrigerator was introduced in 1913. The first electric dishwasher was also introduced around that time.
  • In 1919, the world saw the first automatic, pop-up toaster that came from an innovator who was tired of burnt and inconsistent toast.
  • The 1930s saw the first washing machines and dryers.
  • In 1952, there was the first automatic coffee pot.
  • In 1963, GE introduced the first self-cleaning oven.

These devices were created by innovators looking to save time, energy and frustration from manual tasks. People saw what could be done with electricity and started to innovate. When those first devices, such as the electric iron, were made available, it made people think about what could come next.

An interesting story from this era comes from a woman named Josephine Cochrane. She was a wealthy housewife who invented the first automatic dishwasher. As a woman with servants and maids, why would she need an automatic dishwasher? The answer is simple. She got tired of her dishes being chipped and damaged while being hand washed. Josephine said to herself, “If nobody is going to invent an automatic dishwasher, I am.” She did just that.

The promise of IoT is just like this. As problems in everyday life are identified, companies are jumping up to say, "I'm going to fix them!" Companies are already utilizing resources to save time, energy and frustration by building on current technologies to propel the IoT into the future.