Imagine running your chores at the barest minimum of effort you can possibly do them. Imagine freeing up all the wasted manhours that are spent doing rote and dull chores, and using them on more pleasurable activities. Sounds too good to be true, right?
Not if you’ve been following the latest trend in home technology. Technology marches on at the speed of light; smart homes are not a thing of the future like we all thought they would be, but they are right here, right now, with the advent of mechatronics and the internet of things. Let’s examine why they will be an important force in the years to come.
See, the drudgery of washing dishes, adjusting thermostats, cooking, cleaning, and everything in between will soon be a thing of the past. The future of tomorrow’s homes will have everything inside it interconnected thanks to the introduction of the Internet of Things.
Furthermore, smart appliances will take over the functions that our old analog appliances once did, with greater precision and with greater convenience for all, while saving us time and energy costs on the other hand.
It’s an interesting world we live in since the introduction of the internet of things, as well as a new scientific field dedicated to the advancement of smart appliances; that of mechatronics.
What do we do with all these frequently spoken, yet seldom understood buzzwords? Well, the key is to first discern what the main difference is between the internet of things (IoT) and mechatronics.
THE MAIN DIFFERENCE
The fundamental difference between mechatronics and the internet of things is in their applicaiton to homes and home appliances – that is, the presence or absence of an internet connection. Although both of these disciplines are based on computing, mechatronics focuses itself more on the use of sensors and control systems that govern the machines and their performance.
APPLIED MECHATRONICS AT HOME
Sounds fancy when you hear it, right? But yes, mechatronics have already been used in homes everywhere. You may already have a device powered by mechatronics in your home right now. Sensor-powered washing machines, for instance, detect the right amount of laundry detergent to apply to a washing load, as an instance. Then, after doing this, the system interprets the signals from the movement in the washing machine, and thus allowing it to control the consumption of energy. Amazing, isn’t it? Using an eco-friendly detergent will then complete the cycle, thus reducing your carbon footprint as you wash.
THE APPLIANCES OF THE FUTURE….TODAY
Thanks to the technologies that have been applied to household appliances, every chore you used to hate doing will be made easier; in another ten years’ time, they may even be rendered obsolete.
For instance, with a flick of a switch or a tap on a smartphone app, the food you’ve been cooking in the oven will be able to automatically adjust temperatures and cooking times for maximum energy efficiency and the least amount of effort required. The same oven will also be able to clean itself and the grease and gunk that builds up in it without even needing to be inspected in the first place; burning all that into an ash that is easily disposable.
This is just a taste of things to come for the disciplines of the internet of things and mechatronics; there’s plenty more to find. All of the things you thought were never possible in a million years in terms of smart appliances are all there to be seen and reviewed on http://www.thesmartfuture.net.
Get those shades on – the future’s looking bright for all of us.