Sensor technology has played a role on the commercial level for quite some time.
You stand in front of an automatic door, and it opens at your presence. You stop at a red light in the middle of the night, and it immediately changes to green, because it senses the vehicle.
Sensors are now making their way into the residential realm, and their integration into the TecHome of the future is growing each and every day. Currently, we have smart sensors that can be utilized around the home to benefit security, health and energy efficiency.
As we move further into the future, the role of sensors will play a stronger role in homeowners’ daily routines, eventually integrating themselves fully into not just the TecHome, but our lives as well.
Current Sensor Trends
Presently, major companies such as Z-Wave, Insteon, GE, Honeywell, Lutron and Visonic are all working with smart home sensors to enhance the TecHome experience and sync with automation platforms.
These sensors can detect when someone enters or leaves the home. They can monitor temperature and air quality in the home, adjusting thermostats and HVAC systems accordingly based on these monitored results.
Sensors can also automate with lights, audio and other aspects of the TecHome to detect a homeowner’s presence in not just the home’s entrance, but from room to room. In regards to a luxury custom project, this means that every room could be tailored specifically to the needs of the unique client.
Where are Sensors Going?
Sensor-based technology will eventually become so advanced that it customizes to not only luxury clients’ homes, but also their individual lives and routines.
Sen.se (an automation company) specializes in sensors, and what it offers could provide hints as to where the future of this technology is going.
The company’s individual sensors are called Peanuts and can be tailored to six specific areas of life’s regular routine—temperature maintenance, custom automation, safety, medicine/health, sleep and proximity/keeping track of your belongings.
These sensors can be placed in specific areas around the home and synced up with apps to create ease in a client’s day-to-day habits.
The company also offers a sensor-based platform called Mother, which is a multi-sensor family system that can monitor habits such as coffee consumption, exercise, teeth brushing and general presence detection. The company also has a “Silver Mother” platform designed specifically for aging in place.
As this technology evolves, builders and homeowners can expect sensors to grow to the point where they begin to embrace the innovation of LPD or Life Presence Detection.
LPD technology was on display at CES 2016 during a demo by Olea Sensor Networks, where the company showcased a seat belt monitor that could wirelessly monitor human vital signs in real-time without any direct physical contact.
While this technology is designed for the car, it will indubitably extend to the TecHome over the next few years. And builders should keep an eye on this trend, especially as healthier homes become more popular in the industry.
The blend of luxury and well-being is something every custom homebuilder should strive for.