This will be the future of smart homes, according to MediaTek

With each passing day, some of the most recognized manufacturers in the world expand their product portfolio. Brands like Samsung or Xiaomi, for example, although well known for their smartphones, also have a strong presence in everyday household appliances, such as washing machines, ovens, refrigerators, or devices such as wearables, scales, skateboards and, of course, televisions. 

Thus, although the smartphone has undoubtedly become essential, connectivity is also present in emerging technologies to fully enter our homes.  

What consumption habits say 

Although companies like MediaTek are better known in the market for their phone chips - such as the Dimensity or Helio G line - the truth is that their portfolio has expanded to include elements of the smart home. Its main goal, like that of other manufacturers, is to automate daily processes and make our lives easier in general.  

In many cases, the first step towards a smart home is connecting a device to a smart assistant; that is, the Google Assistant, Alexa or Bixby. A smart light bulb kit, for example, can be operated through this wizard to turn the lights on or off and schedule routines or behaviors at specific times of the day. However, many people don't stop there, choosing instead to supplement their home with other IoT (Internet of Things) devices. 

According to the MediaTek study 'What smart homes are made of', 75% of those surveyed claimed to have at least one connected home device. Along the same lines, 57% added that they plan to obtain at least one additional device in the remainder of the year. For the Taiwanese company, the TV has become the smart home hub, and the study shows that 51% of respondents plan to change their TV for a 'smart' one. 

This same trend is repeated in manufacturers, with Samsung and LG integrating capabilities so that, for example, the washing cycles of a washing machine can be controlled from the comfort of the living room. Smart speakers, Wi-Fi routers, refrigerators, and smart bulbs are all part of some of the devices on users' shopping lists.  

On the other hand, a surprising statistic is where in the house people have their smart devices. 70% and 40% keep them in their living rooms or bedrooms, respectively. However, a surprising 46% have them in their kitchens. Here they are not only counted appliances like the June Oven, but also tablets to find and read recipes or speakers like the Amazon Echo to carry times and reminders.     

Benefits of a connected home 

Although it might be thought that many of these devices do not respond to everyday needs, the truth is that 32% of those surveyed said that this type of device simplified routines or tasks. Consider, for example, an attendee who, by saying 'good night', understands that they should dim the lights, mention the alarm for the next day, and then play relaxing music. 

In a highly digitized home, these kinds of routines become a reality that is sometimes more like science fiction movies than a home of yesteryear. With this in mind, MediaTek's smart home proposition is based on 4 important pillars: entertainment, security, energy and money savings, and convenience.  

In the field of entertainment, it is not necessary to delve much, and here are some of the most advanced televisions and sound bars from brands like Samsung that have MediaTek technology. These devices implement Artificial Intelligence solutions that learn and adapt to the needs of each home. 

For home security, devices like Amazon Ring allow users to have smart doorbells that detect motion and can connect with other devices in the house to, for example, automatically turn on lights. 

Just as a single device can control others, aspects such as temperature can also be monitored. Although in countries near the equator it is not so common, you can use thermostats connected to the Internet that adapt the temperature of the air conditioning depending on the external conditions.  

Ultimately, all these applications are designed to satisfy the user's convenience. Technology was born to make our lives easier, and the recent explosion of IoT devices has served to prove it.  

Many visions of the future 

MediaTek's vision - responsible for around 2.000 billion currently connected devices - is certainly important, but it is not the only one. Here, manufacturers like LG, Samsung, Amazon or Xiaomi all have a vision of what the smart home of the future will be. Beyond being one another's competition, the key here is that all these companies have worked together to make this type of home a reality. 

Precisely for this, MediaTek together with companies such as Google, Amazon and Huawei have created the 'Matter' standard. With this standard and with the technological giants behind, the IoT devices for our homes will be safe, reliable and always easier to handle.

Lead Image: MediaTek  

Sebastian Romero Torres
Philosopher by training and inveterate geek. Lover of video games, technology, music and space.

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