The smart home is a new trend representing a concept that is quickly developing with an enormous electronic technology content (see Figure 1):
“The wireless smart home system lets the residents control the lighting and security system wirelessly from the comfort of their smartphones. The fully automated home has a password protected door, smartphone controlled lights and smart alert system to prevent residents from flood and zombies.” (Source: Setu Kathawate)
Electronics technology is contributing to the comfort and entertainment of people living in a smart home as stated in an Industrial Summit that took place in China with the participation of the STMicroelectronics Company (see Figure 2):
“The Industrial Summit is also a great place to learn about the ST Motor Control and Industrial Competence Center, in Shenzhen, that specializes in solutions for home appliances and the development of industrial applications. We will also showcase a smart home with smart appliances running real-world applications thanks to our power devices or motor control systems. One particularly exciting demo takes the form of an intelligent mirror capable of displaying information from the Internet. We will also be showcasing our new STKNX transceiver, the biggest revolution in smart building, and we will be using this Summit to develop relationships with partners looking to popularize this protocol in the region, automating all the smart appliances of a home or building with this communication protocol.”(Source: ST blog)
The block diagram of “The STKNX is a transceiver device for KNX TP communication. The small package and few external components enable the very compact KNX nodes design. The simple interface to the μC allows easy replacement of physical layer discrete components implementations. The STKNX device features two integrated voltage regulators for external use in the application: the selectable 3.3 V / 5 V - 20 mA linear regulator and the adjustable 1 V to 12 V - 150 mA high-efficiency DC/DC step down switching converter.” (Source: ST.com)
What do you think about the smart home? Do you believe such a type of home can effectively increase the comfort of people living inside it? Would you buy a smart home for the reason that you could control it by remote in many different ways? Have you ever experienced staying in a smart home?