[51CTO.com Quick Translation] With the development of technology, people’s lives have become more convenient. We can buy things online, chat with family and friends around the world, and control countless smart devices through tablets or smartphones. In particular, the convenience of the Internet of Things also brings good news to people with disabilities. Let’s take a look at how smart IOT devices help the disabled?
What is a smart home device?
Smart home is a kind of residence, various devices are connected to each other through the Internet, and the owner can remotely monitor and control them. Smart home equipment includes home appliances, lights, thermostats, doorbells, door locks, cameras, speakers, etc.
How can a device be called a smart home device? Technically, any home product that can be connected to the home network and controlled by voice, remote control, tablet or smartphone is considered a smart device.
How does smart home technology help the disabled?
The smart home system provides autonomous control for the disabled. These devices can help them enjoy an independent life while alleviating the concerns of their loved ones. From an overall perspective, smart IOT devices also save electricity costs. Smart devices are much cheaper than single-purpose auxiliary devices.
How does the smart home system do all this? For example, a smart door sensor connected to a smart speaker. Blind people can know whether anyone has entered or left the house through this smart home technology.
Another example is the assistant device Amazon Echo. It can listen to your voice commands and control Bluetooth devices and appliances. People with limited physical activity no longer need to get up to adjust the temperature or contact others for help. For them, opening curtains or blinds can be difficult. With smart devices, they can easily complete this task.
There are also vacuum cleaners, smoke alarms, ovens, and even coffee machines that can be controlled by smartphones or even voice. Therefore, people with disabilities are given the “ability” to complete tasks, and these abilities used to be done for them by others. Smart homes increase convenience without requiring too much change in the design or construction of their homes. In short, this technology provides them with “family control”, which will greatly change their daily lives. Let’s take a look at these smart IOT devices!
1. Door sensor
If you want to install a smart device, safety should be your top priority. What could make your house safer than installing a door sensor? If someone tries to break in, the door sensor will send you an alert. You no longer have to worry about leaving the house unattended.
For people with disabilities such as dementia, relatives will feel more at ease after installing door sensors, because they can always know whether their family members have left the house.
2. Electronic door lock
Smart lock enables you to open/lock the door remotely. This way you will never be locked out of the door—for example, if you lose your key or forget your password.
With a smart lock, you can even specify the number of times and days someone can enter and leave your home. Not only can you provide access rights, you can also monitor access.
3. Motion sensor
We all know that motion sensors can detect abnormal motion behavior. They play an indispensable role in any security system. Once your child enters a more dangerous place in the home (such as the basement), it will remind you; or your child has violated the curfew, such as going out while you are sleeping. In addition, it will remind you when someone breaks into your home.
With a smart home system, you can set up motion sensors to trigger other connected devices, such as lights or alarms. These devices can even help you save money. For example, you can set the device to turn off the lights when it detects no movement in the room for a certain period of time.
4. Smart lighting
Smart lighting is more than just being able to turn lights on or off remotely. It allows you to control the level of lighting, allows you to change the brightness of the bulb to suit your needs at different times, while also saving energy. As mentioned above, you can connect motion sensors with smart lighting so that you can turn off the lights when no one is there.
5. Voice assistant
Voice assistants have changed everyone’s life. It is a kind of digital software that provides services to users through applications. Typical examples of voice assistants are Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.
With a voice assistant, you can control various other devices through a specific application or device. In addition, you can call, search Google, watch movies, create shopping lists, set reminders/alarms, play music, lock doors, and adjust room temperature without hands.
6. Video doorbell
There is a camera on the video doorbell to record video. Why install it? This smart device has a great deterrent effect on criminals. Seeing that a camera can record their actions will make them think twice before breaking into the door. This can record everyone who comes to your door and provide you with strong evidence when necessary.
You can also monitor Amazon’s express delivery when you are not at home. Or screen your visitors on those days when you need to be alone.
7. Leak sensor
As the name suggests, this smart device will alert you once it detects a leak. Although traditional equipment will sound an alarm, you can only hear it when you are at home. For example, with a smart water leak detector, you can receive an alert on your smartphone.
Why do you need this? Take precautions before they happen. For example, once water, gas, etc. cause a leak, it may cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Moreover, some people with disabilities may not be able to find the source of the leak. So install smart leak sensors in areas where leakage may occur, and they will be notified in time.
Some people like the feeling of warmth; some people like the feeling of coolness. The smart thermostat can set the indoor temperature according to personal preference.
Well, what good is this? You can lower the temperature when you are not at home to save money, and then reheat it on the way home. For people with disabilities, being able to remotely control the room temperature is even more convenient, making their lives easier.
Smart home devices are easy to install and set up.
If you are hearing about smart home devices for the first time, you may find it incredible, and there are even some concerns. In fact, you can rest assured, because it is now relatively mature and easy to install and set up. In addition, most smart devices are designed to be user-friendly. You may only need to install an application, and then connect the device to your home network.
Advantages of using smart home technology
There are too many advantages of smart home. This article mainly introduces the following five technical advantages:
1. Domestic helper
Housework is also a time-consuming and laborious task. Smart home devices can help preheat your oven, prepare coffee, etc., or use a vacuum cleaner to clean up when you are miles away from home, or even tell you to serve your food when the food is just right. All of this can be done without moving a finger.
2. Smart heating/cooling
With a smart thermostat, as soon as you go home, you will be greeted with a comfortable environment. There is also a smart water heater, so you can take a hot shower as soon as you enter the door. The cooling and heating of the home can be easily achieved through a smart phone.
3. Save energy and expenses
Smart home devices can regulate the energy consumption of the home. When you are not at home, you can turn the heating down and turn it up again on your way home. You can turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms, or dim them to keep energy costs low. Even some apps can help you monitor how much energy your home uses and inform you of ways to save energy, thereby saving money.
4. Health tracking
If you want to pay attention to the health of you and your family, smart health trackers can help you do this. It can monitor your blood pressure, calories, heart rate, pulse, and even your sleep quality in real time.
Whenever and wherever, safety comes first. With smart home technology, you can understand the safety situation whether you are indoors or far away. If your house is illegally hacked, or if there is a water leak in your home while you are on vacation, you can be notified immediately, rather than after a few hours, or even days or weeks when you return home.
There is no doubt that smart home devices make life easier for many consumers. For people with disabilities, these devices allow them to better control their lifestyles and enable them to accomplish more things independently. The disabled no longer need to rely on a variety of single and expensive assistive devices.
With smart home devices, their lives will be better!
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