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A Quick History Of Home Automation

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  • 04
  • 2018

Home automation has indeed turned into a big blessing to mankind. The history of home automation is interesting as it is mind-boggling. Over the years, man developed the need to invent smarter gadgets that will prove to be beneficial and time-saving. In fact, we have developed some fantastic gadgets that are smart and cool while helping us perform mundane chores in a jiffy.

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Home Automation – A Delightful Journey

Here’s a look at the history of home automation and its stand in this day and age.

In the year 1898, it was a quiet, unassuming man named Nikola Tesla, who created a remote control for his toy boat. Prior to this, he was the one who laid the foundation for the current system that led to the installation of the first power machinery at Niagara Falls.

As years chugged along in the 1900s, inventors came up with home appliances powered by electricity and this included vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, clothes dryers and irons.

In the year 1930, at the Chicago World Fair, people were introduced to the idea and concept of home automation. However, this was limited to the use of robots to assist humans. Alpha, the robot was created for the Chicago World’s Fair and Elektro, the smoking robot was an exhibit at the New York World’s Fair in 1933. The robots were trained to merely answer voice commands and there was obviously a lot more to be done. Nonetheless, people were fascinated and the seeds of futuristic homes were sown in their minds.

In the year 1950, Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce made inroads in the computer technology space with their invention of the integrated circuit also known as the microchip. This technology is used in many of the electronic devices even today. This wonderful invention is indeed laudable, which paved the way for many more subsequent inventions.

In 1966, Jim Sutherland built the world’s first home automation system called the Echo IV. This amazing invention made possible the computerisation of household chores such as controlling the room temperature, managing home appliances and creating shopping lists.

The microprocessor was invented in 1971 and marks the continuation of the digital era. Microprocessors were used in electronic calculators and other automation devices.

The Clapper came next and was released in the late 1980s by Carlile R. Stevens and Dale E. Reamer. This sound activated electrical switch device works on lights, televisions, radios by plugging them into the Clapper’s outlets. The appliances could be activated by a series of claps. However, the Clapper would pick sounds from a dog’s bark or a cough and the invention was not really a huge hit, although it is considered to be a landmark invention in recent times.

The term ‘Smart Home’ came to be coined by the American Association of House Builders in the year 1984 and set the tone for the integration of technology in homes. By the late 90s the concept of smart homes was conceptualised and the ‘Internet of Things’ became a part and parcel of people’s lives. Home automation helped control room temperature, home appliances and managing the security system.

Today the concept of a smart home also looks at green living and energy conservation. Technology and tech devices are a lot more affordable in current times. This has made home automation an alluring option and a not-so-distant-dream for people.

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