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Home Automation in 2017: From Smart Mirror that Knows You To Cost Savings Apps

Home automation is more than a buzz word; it’s a new architectural and real estate reality. Home automation words do not merely encompass the Jetsons crazy, futuristic inventions that render humans working at small tasks unnecessarily. Let’s face we like our technology, and we like to feel like we control it, and not the other way around. View in this contest, it is no wonder that Transparency Market Research projects that home automation will become a $21.6 billion global industry by 2020.

The AH Marketing Group took a look at the latest trends, and where our client MirroCool fits in the picture. 

Imagine a world where your home keeps your kids safer. Your home emails you or sends you a text when your kids get home from school and lets you know in a commanding tone that an individual has left the gate open to the pool. A world where you can go away on vacation at peace because you can check your home’s security cameras via your iPhone, turn on and off your alarm system. A home that lets you save money and water with a multitude of cost-saving functions, such as a mechanism that senses rain is coming and shut off your sprinklers shut, and knows which rooms are empty and powers off the lights, music and turns down the HVAC to that area to save energy.

Later, as you are heading home from work or school, you click a single “coming home” keypad button on your smartphone. In response, your automated house system turns on the outdoor lights, adjusts the indoor temperature from an energy-saving to your preferred home temperature. As you walk into your home, your home turns on your hot-tub, closes or opens the living room and bedroom drapes, feeds into your sound systems your favorite music channel from your Spotify  account to your indoors or outdoors speakers, and in another room tunes the bedroom TV to the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for some laugh as you ready for the hot-tub. You don’t have to imagine it anymore because today’s smart homes do that — and more.


Control your smart home with app-titude

Image courtesy of © MirroCool.

Fortunately most manufacturers of whole-house automation systems have developed apps  that give you the control to adjust appliances, review surveillance footage, alert you of unusual suspect activities, adjust temperature and humidity settings, lock and unlock your front, back and garage doors, and a host of other controls, as individual as you are, all from any remote location.
An app sampling:
Control4 My House: Whole house audio, video, lighting & HVAC control from your iPhone or iPod Touch. The app requires a Control4 home automation system. The app is free, but Control4 requires you to buy a Mobile Navigator’s license for $300.
iPhone for Homeseer: A free app that offers full control over systems installed by Homeseer.
CF iViewer: A free app with full control and feedback from your home automation system on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, including live status information about your home’s temp, lights,and energy consumption.
HMControl: iPhone-based control of your Z-wave home systems. 
HAI Snap-Link Mobile: Mac iOS-based app that offers full system control over automated devices from HAI. Price: $49.99 (HAI also has apps for Windows Smartphones).
Dyson’s 360 Eye is meticulous © Dyson
Dyson’s 360 Eye is meticulous © Dyson
Then there’s the world of Assistive Devices or robotics to help you with folding your laundry and iron your clothing, compose a shopping list by analyzing the content of your refrigerator, read bedtime stories to your kids, clean and mop your floors, climb ladders and clean your gutters, among other tasks. The International Federation of Robotic states that  3.7m of these electronic gadgets were sold to households around the world in 2015.  The Federation predicts that annual sales will reach 31m, worth $13bn, by 2019.

One of our clients straddles between robotics and app-titude. MirroCool has developed an attractive smart mirror with a synced up app that stands apart from the competition. It cleverly integrates Facial Gestures Recognition (FGR) Technology into its dashboard to activate and control its many functions.What does FGR means to you? It means that without having to painfully teach your smart mirror to recognize your voice, dirtying up your display with touchscreen, you get your social calendar and reminders on display. 

What does FGR mean to you? It means that without having to painfully train your smart mirror to recognize your voice, dirtying up your display with a touchscreen, you get your social calendar and reminders on display, take selfies, and keep your home secure. 

So how does MirroCool smart mirror work?

The MirroCool works with your facial expression. When you register your profile, the mirror scans your face, storing your faceprint, similar to a fingerprint, and every time you stand in front of it, the display recognizes you and based on the settings that you entered in the MirroCool app, shows the information that you want to see. But it does more than show your calendar. Its HD Camera livestreams the interior of your home to your smartphone and alerts you on your phone if an unknown person has entered. You view the stream and make the decision to alert or not the local authorities. It also works as a camera to take selfies. Smile, pose and snap. Once your selfie is taken you can store it on MirroCloud storage, share it with others or build a stylebook. It’s fun. The company is planning to expand the app functions to include monitoring your home temperature, turning on and off lights and other app automated tasks. 

If you would like to find out more about MirroCool and its upcoming launch to the U.S. market, sign-up to the newsletter to benefits from its early bird program. Its Kickstarter campaign is sure to be a hit, and we would recommend that you back it.

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