Home automation start-ups are becoming more and more common in the wake of technology improving to the point where it is almost futuristic. Far from being something which is confined to the basics of TV lifts, 12 volt actuators and basic boiler controls, home automation is something which is growing to encompass the internet of things in its scope.
The internet of things is still in its initial phases; we do not yet quite know what it is capable of. Start-ups can therefore get a head-start on other companies in this area, and avoid the extra stress of competition, since by the time most other companies have caught up, they will be only beginning while you are established.
Home automation started coming into its own with the inclusion of linear actuators into the designs. Actuators are very useful in home automation, as their design keeps them quiet and accurate over other forms of technology which may be more disruptive. They are most often thought of in terms of chair and TV lifts, but they also have their place in security systems and camera placement as well.
One major start-up which is of interest is called SenseHome, which focuses on automation of both residential and non-residential properties, with the aim of providing more and more people with smart home-like environments for their lives and jobs. Using the technology provided by SenseHome allows customers to control lights, the climate of the building, the security systems, and some protection against pipes bursting, as well as other problems which can sometimes afflict home systems. The start-up was considering moving into window control as well, allowing customers that extra measure of control over their environment.
Most of the technology – software as well as hardware – is Russian in origin and function. SenseHome’s product team have taken the time to put together a very simple (though original) package which, when installed, enables users to control their entire automation set-up from one particular device. The way in which the software is compiled has made it unnecessary to have many of the part of any original system – units or connections are unnecessary if the software can be used and controlled from one single device. This also means that the price has been slashed, making the software more accessible to different people. Possibly the most important effect of turning the software into an easily accessed and used piece of equipment is that it becomes much easier to install it: rather than needing to involve a specialist to both install and maintain the equipment and the software which controls the automation. People who buy the software can therefore hire an electrician to install the system if they so choose.
A start-up called Tesso is also of interest – it specialises in producing energy-efficient air-conditioning systems, which are unique in that they work on water vaporisation, rather than by utilising any of the more commonly used chemicals. This change in the functioning of the air conditioners means that they use much less electricity than other types, a fact which in this environmentally-conscious era, is something which makes the air conditioners extremely popular. An air-conditioner which uses less electricity will also be useful for other start-ups, as they may not have the money to spend on a monthly basis.