More than 53% of homes across the U.S. will be smart by 2023. Additionally, 81% of homebuyers say that they would prefer a smart home. This is irrefutable proof of the rise of user automation – and it goes beyond the home.
What is user automation?
Automation generally refers to the use of technology to minimize human input in processes. In this case, user automation refers to technologies that make everyday tasks easier. At home, these tasks range from making your morning cup of coffee to opening the garage door when you come back home.
Three main components enable user automation at home: a reliable wireless connection (Wi-Fi or Bluetooth), a voice assistant (Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant), and a range of compatible smart devices and appliances. In a nutshell, the compatible devices are controlled via wireless connections, and a voice assistant solution functions as an AI-powered remote control system.
Common examples of user automation at home include:
- Asking your voice assistant to adjust the thermostat
- Programming the coffee maker to brew coffee automatically at around the time you wake up
- Installing smart bulbs with sensors that tell when it is day or night and automatically switch on and off
- Installing smart sensors that open the door when you approach
User automation is also taking over seemingly simple tasks such as messaging. For example, Google and Apple are working on including in-built scheduling features in their default text messaging apps. Additionally, Twitter has dozens of tools that automate tasks such as posting tweets and replying to your audience’s comments.
What are the benefits?
User automation has a wide range of benefits, including:
User automation is convenient in dozens of ways. For example, an automated coffee maker can make your mornings less hectic. Additionally, automated garage doors will save you the hustle of opening the doors manually every time you leave or get back home. Last but not least, an automated messaging feature will send as many messages as you want at precise times, saving you the trouble of keeping mental reminders.
The convenience of user automation saves people effort and time. To this end, about 57% of Americans report that using smart automated products saves them about 30 minutes every day.
User automation can also bolster your security. For example, smart sensors on doors and windows can notify you when someone breaks in, regardless of the time or your location. Smart door cameras can also enable you to talk with strangers at your door, and some automated home security systems will automatically call the police if there is trouble.
Automation also saves energy in multiple ways. For example, a smart thermostat can detect when temperatures rise and automatically adjust the HVAC. Smart thermostats can also tell when no one is home and minimize heating and cooling, thus reducing wastage. To this end, automation can reduce energy costs by as much as 12%.
Are there any drawbacks?
Automation has few, diminishing drawbacks. The most notable drawback is privacy, as weak automation systems are vulnerable to hacking. Security may also be an issue if hackers access your automated security system. Fortunately, this is rare as the industry is working on impenetrable cyber-security solutions.
Cost may also be a drawback, depending on the quality and scope of your user automation system. However, it is worth noting that basic home automation solutions are affordable.
More people are adopting user automation because of its convenience and other benefits. Eventually, user automation at home, work, and everyday life will be the norm.
Start by automating everyday tasks such as frequent purchases.