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The Next Upgrade Smart Home Techtionary: Part 1

Jul 19, 2022
by Karess Rubrico

3 min read

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Whether you’ve been a smart home user for a while now, or you’re confused by the jargon on your new gadget’s box, we’re here to help you figure out certain words or phrases that you may have encountered.  

New to the “smart home” concept? Here are some terms you need to know

Read on for the first installment of our special series – “Smart Home Techtionary”!

Smart Home controlled using a smartphone

Internet of Things(IoT)

The Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to devices that connect and communicate over the Internet or other networks. These tools have the ability to detect, create, save, and even analyze data without any human interference, and utilize the same data to make decisions.

IoT was especially instrumental during the COVID-19 pandemic, where doctors around the world were able to monitor health metrics and symptoms remotely.

The word “things” wasn’t just used to sound cute or catchy, though. Other than medical, manufacturing, and even national applications, the Internet of Things also involves smart home technology: automating the devices and even appliances in your home for utmost convenience.

Smart home

Simply put, a smart home is equipped with electronic devices that can be remotely controlled through your smartphone or mobile device.

Of course, it’s not as simple as it sounds. A smart home must be fully connected to the internet. (And what better way to power up your smart home than PLDT’s Fiber Unli and Fiber Plus plans?) Just because your appliance is automated or even Bluetooth-powered doesn’t automatically make it “smart.”

Voice controlled speaker smart home assistant

More advanced smart homes often have a centralized hub that allows each device to communicate with each other to work seamlessly and efficiently. Think of it as the brains behind the operation—and this can come in the form of a standalone smart hub or a voice assistant. And while you can customize and control your smart devices through an app on your phone, a smart home hub works as an interface for managing multiple smart home products of different brands.

Starting off on your smart home journey doesn’t necessarily require a smart hub right away. Your transition to this lifestyle can begin, one smart device at a time.

Smart device

A smart device wirelessly connects to the Internet, an app, or another device. Most smart home technology protocol commonly adheres to WiFi or Bluetooth connections.

Some examples of smart home devices include smart plugs, smart TVs, smart lights, and even smart appliances. The main difference between a traditional appliance from a smart one is its ability to connect through your smartphone or a smart hub. (And you can easily convert any typical home item to a smart device through a smart plug!)

Controlling coffee machine smart home

Of course, the connection from one device to another isn’t necessarily automatic right away–user input is key to making the magic happen. Here’s where automation comes in.

Automation

Automation refers to a smart device’s “independence” from human intervention so that it can perform its functions automatically and on cue. Some examples include:

  • your front door automatically unlocking with a few taps on your smartphone
  • a voice command that changes the colors of your smart lights and plays music on your smart speaker
  • smart curtains that open on schedule to let daylight in, along with your voice assistant waking you up to a pre-set playlist.

The great thing about smart devices is that they aren’t exclusively dependent on users, too; certain external factors can also spring your smart home tech into action called events.

Event

Events in a smart home refer to specific triggers that kick your smart device to life. Often these triggers aren’t caused by the user itself. For example, a smart home water system that detects a leak can notify the homeowner to check for possible damage. Certain brands of smart rice cookers can automatically detect the type of grain being cooked and regulate temperature and moisture levels to achieve the best texture and cook time.

We hope our Smart Home Techtionary has helped you navigate the ins and outs of smart home tech! While our list isn’t the most exhaustive, we will definitely keep this updated as the smart home ecosystem continues to evolve.

Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 of our Smart Home Techtionary!

 

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AUTHOR

Karess Rubrico

Karess serves as the lead writer for Next Upgrade’s Productivity and Steals & Deals sections. She is a freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of experience in digital marketing. Outside of work, she takes care of 20+ houseplants and binges on comedies, musicals, and true crime documentaries.

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