Many years ago (~25), I was then a student at a school in the North-East (02139), the Mechanical Engineering Dept started looking into Mechatronics, and the Civil Engineering Dept started a ‘Smart Home’ Project/Curriculum. The idea back then was as simple as LCD window panes that would go clear/opaque based on time of day and outside brightness (Today we have smart/motorized window blinds). Many of the ideas we take for granted today have not even been invented yet. Fast forward to ~15 years later, then we see the Arduino/RaspberryPi and the like, then Cloud Computing and AWS, and shortly after, everything IOT.
I do not see HA as a single discipline that has necessarily evolved over the years. I see it more as the ‘culmination’ of many technologies that have ‘somehow’ come together (Web, programmable electronics, cheap cameras and sensors, …).
Besides the above ‘short/compact/incomplete’ story, care to share what, in your view/experience/opinion, has contributed to where HA is today?
As to the future, I’d like to see the following:
- SmartER devices that report their energy usage/consumption (including smart electric panels)
- More standard protocols (already started with the Amazon/Google/Zigbee/Apple) working group
- ‘Lego’ approach where modularity and ease of interfacing are key
- Low cost (naturally)
- Consolidation across the multiple players (how many companies sell smart plugs?)