This week I spent my time analysing and understanding the innovative “networked” home that I live in. Like mostly all suburban families, we live under an integrated network full of multiple easily accessible devices that all connect to the internet.
I remember only 12 or so years ago we had one tv, one DVD and VCR player and one old computer that sat in its own room. One thing that has changed dramatically since then is our current state of home entertainment systems and how our need for multiple devices has increased dramatically. Even with newer and multi-functioning models of TVs and DVD/CD players, consumers feel the need to buy more for every room of the house. This includes TV’s for every room, laptop computers for each individual and most recently a “Google Home” or “Alexa” that you can buy to connect to every device.
Media in our family has always been a constant in our home. Something is always on, whether that be the radio, the television or music from our desktop laptop. We are in a constant state of connection, yet, we hardly speak to each other.
A pattern that I have discovered in my networked home is the last of communication in a home full of constant communication. My sister only talks through short Snapchat videos, whereas my dad will text us from downstairs to notify us that dinner is ready. We are all connected online through “the cloud” that we share, and all our devices are connected to the “Google Home” that can be found throughout each room of our house.
We could describe my household as a representation of the impact of “The Internet of Things,” which is a term to describe the “ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction” (Wikipedia. 2019).
Companies are now single-handedly using the IoT as an advantage to connect households with multiple devices from the same brand.
Chet Pipkin, the CEO and founder of Belkin has a very positive outlook on the future of connecting technologies in the house, stating “The world is made up of trillions of things — cars, planes, jet engines, exercise equipment, the items on my desk. And then there’s the Internet. This category is about all of these things and the Internet, as we know it, coming together. Anything I can do over the Internet blended with my things” (Forbes, 2014).
Belkin was introduced in the 1980s as a consumer electronics brand and has now become a pioneer in the IoT space, something that Chet Pipkin has worked for.
Some of their devices include;
WeMo – an automated and Wifi controlled system that connected your cooling and heating system, your lights and other automated control systems
Echo – created by Belkin to monitor water consumption levels allowing you to monitor, measure and manage basic necessities in life.
As technology becomes more and more integrated into our networked home, we find that everything can be connected, making home-life just a little bit more easy to control. Is that such a bad thing?
Wikipedia. 2019. Internet of Things. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_things. [Accessed 1 September 2019].
Forbes. 2014. Everything Is Connected: What ‘The Internet Of Things’ Means Now. Available at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorikozlowski/2014/04/23/everything-is-connected-what-the-internet-of-things-means-now/#372912f725a1. [Accessed 1 September 2019].
Bradley Mitchell, (2019), Common layout for hybrid home. Available at: https://www.lifewire.com/home-network-diagrams-4064053 [Accessed 1 September 2019].
Caserta, (2016), The Cloud. Available at: https://caserta.com/data-blog/archived-webinar-key-reasons-to-move-the-data-warehouse-to-the-cloud/ [Accessed 1 September 2019].