RISE OF SMART HOMES
The market is full of gadgets that are built to make your habitat smarter. Experts decode what’s trending.
A home is clearly more than just a prime location with pretty paint colours. Not too long ago, the very thought of incorporating intelligent devices in our most private spaces seemed daunting, or something right out of The Jetsons. But today, people are welcoming these revolutionary gizmos into their homes with open arms. So it’s safe to say that the ‘house of the future’ is actually the ‘house of today’. Two experts, well-versed in all things tech decode this phenomenon.
SWITCH TO THIS The use of energy-efficient products like LEDs and home automation has become quite popular. A switch today looks better and does a lot more—from switching and dimming, to motion sensing switches. With the introduction of light sensitive switches, the idea of a switch has changed. AN INTELLIGENT GADGET The G-Bus Home Automation shows you how much energy your electronic appliances are using on your IOS and Android devices. You can also control and monitor your electronics with a Wi-Fi or 3/4G connection from wherever you are. COST `20,000 (G-Bus Home Automation)
FUTURE READY Internet of Things (IOT) is all set to disrupt the way we live and work. But at this point India doesn’t have the basic infrastructure or the framework to get the ball rolling. Apart from being technologically sound, the appliances need to be visually appealing as well, to fit into a smart home. PLAN AHEAD When opting for a home automation system a lot of planning and implementation is required. For high-performance and flexible devices and functions, structured wiring infrastructure is critical. Consult a knowledgeable and experienced integration professional to get things going. COST A smart home costs anywhere between `5 lakh to `50 lakh depending on the customisation
In a smart home, apart from beimg technologically sound, the appliances need to be visually appealing as well
i-Smart switch from GM Modular
JAYANTH JAIN, 47 MANAGING DIRECTOR, GM MODULAR, MUMBAI WWW.GMMODULAR.COM
Siemens Combination Microwave Oven
GUNJAN SRIVASTAVA, 49 MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CEO, MUMBAI, BSH HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES WWW.BSH-GROUP.COM