Home automation has traditionally been one of the technological promises unfulfilled par excellence. For more than a decade, this discipline has been spoken of as a revolutionary trend, but it has not really come together in everyday life.
As other technologies have evolved and converged with others in the field of connectivity, robotics, the cloud and more recently the Internet of Things, has stopped talking about home automation to use terms more in line with the times that run , such as “connected home” or “smarthome”. A smarthome understood as the integration of technological elements in everyday elements to make them perform “smart” or smart functions .
Precisely, robotics is one of the major technological trends for the coming years , which is coming de facto to the general public through fields such as education through classes where its programming is taught, or the home automation itself. the evolution of devices such as the vacuum cleaner, which becomes autonomous by the art of electronics and begins to behave like a robot thanks to its motor skills and automatisms acquired through technology.
So, it is normal to see the LG Hombot next to the vacuum cleaners in the appliances sections of the shopping centers, reaching the level of normality necessary to take the next step in the adoption of a smarthome that is really “smart”.
Connectivity, the next step
This next evolutionary step is to get these devices are connected and have sensors to do, not only to “know” where they are, but also to record the temperature, the level of noise or even to “see” what is there around.
In the case of a robot vacuum cleaner like the LG Hombot, part of the work is already done thanks to the position sensors used to move around the house without tripping over objects, getting stuck, falling down some stairs or returning to your station of cargo while performing your house cleaning tasks.
Behind this connectivity and intelligence, we find ourselves with the umbrella of the Internet of Things (or IoT), which allows any device to “talk” to the cloud without simply configuring its WiFi or 2G / 3G connection to access the home network of our house. Once connected to the cloud, it is possible to use apps on the smartphone or programs on the computer to control and monitor those objects, appliances or household items in which this “intelligence” has been integrated.
The era of convergence
Now we are at a key moment for the smarthome. The reduction of prices of IoT modules, advances in robotics and the proliferation of cloud platforms make it possible to add interesting functionalities to everyday objects traditionally limited to the execution of a single task.
For example, thermostats can be controlled remotely from the smartphone, the plugs can turn on and off while giving us the consumption of the devices connected to them. And now also, the vacuum cleaner robots integrate surveillance cameras that allow us to see what happens around the area where they are , with the possibility of controlling their movement and position remotely using an application on the mobile or the tablet.
Integrating several electronic elements into a single device was expensive and complex in the past, but now it is becoming reasonably economical and feasible and the manufacturers most committed to the adoption of the smarthome are already integrating cameras, sensors or screens into their appliances, making them converge in them different but complementary functionalities.
While a clean vacuum cleaner robot, being able to see what happens around it is a very interesting, useful and fun added value , especially if we are outside our home. And now it is possible thanks to the use of IoT technology by LG to add this ability to its Hombot range.
The innovation of the everyday
Apparently, cleaning does not have much to do with surveillance, but when a company like LG decides to offer a convergent solution by integrating a surveillance camera into a robot vacuum cleaner Hombot , the result fits naturally into our schemes.
If we have an autonomous and remote-controlled vacuum cleaner that can move intelligently through our house while cleaning it, integrating a camera we can also have a perfect surveillance solution for the home. And, by the way, we saved having to buy a separate video surveillance equipment.
In the part of the control application, the element that needs to be added is the visualization of the video emitted by the camera , as well as the alert systems for the case in which movements are detected, the controls to program the behavior of the robot in its identity as a surveillance system, as well as the integration within the ecosystem of the connected household.
An example, LG Hombot Square Turbo
A sample of this type of convergence and integration is in the robot vacuum cleaner Hombot Square Turbo LG in its edition of advanced video surveillance, which has a camera connected with the application SmartThinQ of LG for the administration of their connected appliances, either the washing machine , the fridge or the robot vacuum cleaner that occupies us.
In addition to its intelligent navigation system, able to map our home to schedule your tours while you clean, has the integration with SmartThinQ, so that we can use the LG app for home connected to see in real time what happens to your camera , receive alerts if the Hombot detects movements in our absence or program a generic surveillance mode for our house.
It is a perfect example of the convergence of different trends, such as IoT or robotics , in objects that start to be everyday like robot vacuum cleaners. A convergence that works, and is ready to be adopted by users of all types regardless of their technological knowledge.