The smart speaker revolution
One of the coolest advancements in home automation is the growing integration of voice control with all kinds of devices. Smart speakers with in-built smart assistants, such as Google, Siri and Alexa, have become an integral element of home automation.
It is particularly useful for elderly, disabled and physically challenged people, who are bedridden and relying on someone else to come and operate the lights, blinds and television.
Using a phone to snap off your lights are easier than using a switch, but asking your Echo or Google Home to control them - with simple voice commands as “Hey Google, bedroom lights on” or “Alexa, turn all the lights off” - is simpler than both, especially when you’re snuggled under the covers.
In addition to operating your home automation devices, voice-activated systems offer the ability to ask the computer questions like “What is the weather like today?” or “What is my favourite stock selling at?”.
You can even use voice control to play your favourite music on a specific speaker in your home such as "Hey Google, play songs by Rihanna from Spotify on living room speaker".
These assistants will also arrive in cars in the coming years.