Smart Home: Talking about the relationship between smart home and artificial intelligence

After a busy day of work, you come to your door, open the door with fingerprint/face recognition, the room automatically lights up with a warm and bright light, put down your briefcase, naturally go to the refrigerator, take out a bottle of drink, while thinking about how to make a delicious dinner for your family, say “dinner” to the refrigerator, the refrigerator screen will recommend for you You can choose the dinner set you like, and if you don”t know how to cook, you can watch the cooking instruction on the refrigerator screen to cook.

Smart Home Concept Diagram

Many people may think that what I said is not a movie scene? In the past, these scenes can only happen in science fiction movies. Now, with the development of smart home industry, these scenarios have started to come out of the screen and “fly into ordinary people”s homes”.

I. Smart home concept

Smart home (English: smart home, home automation) is a residential platform, the use of integrated wiring technology, network communication technology, security technology, automatic control technology, audio and video technology will be home life related facilities integration, build efficient residential facilities and family schedule affairs management system, enhance home security, convenience, comfort, artistry and realize the environment-friendly and energy-saving living environment.

II. Background of Smart Home Development

The concept of smart home was put forward early, but no specific architectural case has appeared until 1984 when United Technologies Building System applied the concept of informationization and integration of building equipment to the Hartford, Connecticut (USA) CityPlaceBuilding. The first “smart building” emerged when United Technologies Building System applied the concept of informationization and integration of building equipment to the CityPlaceBuilding in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A., which opened the curtain of the world”s competition to build a smart home.

The smart home is the embodiment of the Internet”s influence on the connection of things. Smart home connects various devices at home (such as audio and video equipment, lighting system, curtain control, air conditioning control, security system, digital cinema system, audio and video server, movie cabinet system, network home appliances, etc.) together through Internet of Things technology to provide home appliance control, lighting control, telephone remote control, indoor and outdoor remote control, anti-theft alarm, environmental monitoring, HVAC control, infrared forwarding and programmable timing control The smart home provides a variety of functions and means such as home appliance control, lighting control, telephone remote control, indoor and outdoor remote control, burglar alarm, environmental monitoring, HVAC control, infrared forwarding and programmable timing control. Compared with ordinary home, smart home not only has the traditional residence function, but also the building, network communication, information appliances and equipment automation, providing a full range of information interaction functions, and even saving money for various energy costs.

Third, the core of smart home – home automation

Smart home is to better serve human family life and make it more convenient and fast for people to use household appliances. Smart home separates people from the traditional mode of using home appliances and puts more emphasis on intelligence and home automation.

Home automation is an important trait of smart home. When smart home first appeared, home automation was even equivalent to smart home, and today it is still one of the core of smart home, but with the general application of network technology in smart home and the maturity of network appliances/information appliances, many product functions of home automation will be integrated into these new products, thus making pure home automation products in system design less and less, and its core position will be replaced by the home network/home information system. It will function as the control network part of the home network in the smart home.

Home automation refers to the use of microprocessor electronics to integrate or control electrical and electronic products or systems in the home, such as lighting, coffee stoves, computer equipment, security systems, heating and cooling systems, video and audio systems, etc. A home automation system mainly uses a Central Processor Unit (CPU) to receive messages from the relevant electrical and electronic products (changes in external environmental factors, such as changes in light caused by sunrise or sunset, etc.) and then sends appropriate messages to other electrical and electronic products in a defined program. The central microprocessor must control the electrical products in the home through a number of interfaces, which can be keypads, touch screens, buttons, computers, telephones, remote controls, etc.; consumers can send signals to or receive signals from the central microprocessor.

Four, the advantages of smart home

1、Intelligent lighting control

To achieve intelligent management of the whole house lighting, you can use a variety of intelligent control methods such as remote control to achieve remote control of the whole house lighting switch, dimming, full on and off and “meeting guests, theater” and other one-touch lighting scene effect; and available timing control, telephone remote control, computer local and Internet remote control and other control methods To achieve the function, so as to achieve the intelligent lighting of energy saving, environmental protection, comfortable, convenient function.

Advantages.

Control: local control, multi-point control, remote control, regional control, etc.

Safety: through the weak power control strong power way, control circuit and load circuit separation.

Simple: Intelligent lighting control system adopts modular structure design, simple and flexible, easy to install.

Flexible: according to the environment and user demand changes, only need to do software modification settings can realize the change of lighting layout and function expansion.

2、Intelligent electrical control

Electrical control adopts the weak power control strong power way, that is, safe and intelligent, you can use remote control, timing and other intelligent control methods to achieve intelligent control of water fountains, sockets, air conditioning, floor heating, projectors, fresh air systems, etc. at home, to avoid repeated heating of water fountains at night to affect the water quality, disconnect the plug and drain power when you go out, to avoid electrical heating caused by safety hazards; as well as the air conditioning floor heating for timing or remote control, so that you can enjoy comfortable temperature and fresh air immediately after arriving home.

Advantages.

Convenience: local control, scene control, remote control, telephone and computer remote control, cell phone control, etc.

Control: Control by infrared or protocol signal control method, safe and convenient without interference.

Health: Through the intelligent detector, it can detect the temperature, humidity and brightness of the home and drive the electrical equipment to work automatically.

Safety: The system can automatically turn on or off the circuit according to the rhythm of life to avoid unnecessary waste and fire caused by electrical aging.

3、Security monitoring system

With the upgrading of people”s living environment, people pay more and more attention to their personal safety and property security, people, families and residential areas of the security aspects of the higher requirements; at the same time, the rapid economic development accompanied by a sharp increase in the urban transient population, to the city”s social security added a new problem, to protect the security of the community, to prevent theft and robbery, it is necessary to have their own security prevention system, the security of the human way to adapt to our requirements, intelligent security has become the current development trend.

Video surveillance systems have been widely available in banks, shopping malls, stations and traffic intersections and other public places, but the actual task of monitoring still requires more manual completion, and the existing video surveillance system is usually just recording video images, the information provided is not interpreted video images, can only be used as a forensic evidence after the fact, did not give full play to the real-time monitoring and proactive. In order to be able to real-time analysis, tracking, identification of monitoring objects, and in the event of abnormal events, prompting, reporting, for government departments, security field timely decision-making, correct action to provide support, the video surveillance “intelligent” is particularly important.

Advantages

Security: security systems can be strangers invasion, gas leaks, fires and other situations in advance of timely detection and notification of the owner.

Simple: very simple operation can be armed or disarmed by remote control or door controller.

Practical: video surveillance systems can rely on the installation of outdoor cameras can effectively prevent thieves from further action, and can also be forensic evidence after the fact to provide favorable evidence to the police.

4、Intelligent background music

Family background music is a new background music system developed on the basis of the basic principles of public background music combined with the characteristics of family life. Simply put, it is in any house in the family, such as the garden, living room, bedroom, bar, kitchen or bathroom, you can MP3, FM, DVD, computer and other audio sources for the system combination so that each room can hear the wonderful background music, music system that can beautify the space, but also play a very good decorative role.

Advantages.

Unique: different from traditional music, professionally designed for families.

effect: the use of high-fidelity dual-channel stereo speakers, the sound quality effect is very good.

simple: controller humanized design, simple operation, whether the elderly and children will operate.

Convenience: humanized, concealed installation of the host, which can be controlled only by the controller or remote control in each room.

5、Intelligent video sharing

The video sharing system is a digital TV set-top box, DVD player, VCR, satellite receiver and other video equipment installed centrally in a hidden place, and the system can be done so that TV sets in multiple rooms such as living room, dining room and bedroom can share the home video library and can select their favorite audio sources for viewing by remote control, using such a way that not only can TV sets share audio and video equipment, but also do not need to repeatedly purchase equipment and wiring, saving both money and space.

Advantages.

Simplicity: simple wiring, one cable can transmit multiple video signals, more convenient operation.

Practical: one remote control can control all video hosts no matter where they are.

Safety: the use of weak wiring, network cable transmission signal, never outdated, even if the future upgrade or use the network cable.

6、Visible intercom system

Visual intercom products have been more mature, mature cases can be seen everywhere, which has a large network intercom system, there are also separate intercom system, such as the villa with, which is divided into a tow a, two, three, etc.; the general function is to call, visual, intercom and other functions, but through the “Pinchju” integration department has been a lot of different But through the integration department of “Pinchiju”, many different platforms have been unified to enhance the advantages of the control part of the whole system, so that the indoor host can also control the lights and appliances at home.

7、Home Theater System

For high-grade villas or apartments, the living room or video room is generally about 20 square meters, which is one of the most important building areas, the living room or audio-visual room is naturally the most grand place at home, in addition to being spacious and comfortable, it must also be lively and entertaining. In order to meet such requirements, the “home cloud platform” is an essential “treasure of the home”.

Advantages

Simple: the operation is very simple, a key can start the scene, such as music mode, audition mode, karaoke, movie mode, etc.

Practical: With a private cinema, you are the director, you can watch blockbusters at home at any time, saving you valuable time. It is not too much to say that it is the “treasure of the house”, and you can get closer to your good friends at the weekend.

The power: Connected to each room through a gigabit switch, you can operate the projector and TV in different rooms by remote control/tablet, and share the private movie library.

Note: It can be controlled with intelligent lighting, electric curtain, background music, and linkage.

8、System integration control

Summary: By years of smart home engineer”s continuous innovation and development of intelligent devices, the construction team”s experience, the smart home industry in line with the effective improvement of the product”s practical rate, minimize costs to maximize the function, from a practical point of view so that many functions to achieve as concise and effective control, to achieve so that users only need to integrate smart home products in the system can do lighting control, electrical control, security alarm, background music, video Security alarm, background music, video sharing and weak information six major functions.

Smart home market scale from 2012 to 2020

V. Difficulties faced by smart home in China

Smart home is a relatively mature market in many countries in Europe and America, but it has just started in China, and it is mainly concentrated in first-tier cities. With the intensification of population aging and the liberalization of the two-child birth policy, the proportion of the elderly and children in the population further increases, and there is still a lot of potential in the smart home market waiting to be tapped. The scale is 40.340 billion yuan, and will reach 130 billion yuan by 2018, with a compound annual growth rate of about 48%.

In foreign countries, Apple and Google are fighting with each other, and in China, BAT, Jingdong, Xiaomi, Haier and other armies are involved, so the smart home field has obviously become the main battlefield for the giants.

Sixth, the reasons for the obstruction of smart home

Taking smart home appliances as an example, there are two main reasons leading to the status quo of smart home market.

One is that users need to wait for the replacement cycle of home appliances.

Second, the value of the appliances connected to the Internet of Things to consumers has not been fully reflected, such as ordering milk through the refrigerator such a service, for users, so smart to order milk services, compared to the high price of smart devices, they are more willing to cell phone to order milk, coupled with the status quo take-away APP is also very popular and convenient.

So to sum up, the obstacles to the development of smart home are mainly reflected in the following aspects.

① Lack of uniform standards in the smart home industry.

② Complicated operation for the elderly group.

③ High cost of smart devices.

④ Intelligent functions are not irreplaceable.

⑤ Lack of ecosystem support.

There is a view in the industry that the misconception of smart home is that it is now smart for the sake of smart, staying at a geeky level, and the traditional life pattern of Chinese residents and their own economic level make them feel that smart home is dispensable. The key is that there is not a market breakthrough in smart home that really triggers this market. Some information shows that there are many small enterprises doing smart home in North China, and a number of them have “died on the beach”. The reason why they fall down is that these enterprises do not grasp the pain points of consumers, that is to say, there is no killer application to attract consumers.

Seven, the relationship between artificial intelligence and smart home

Artificial Intelligence (AI), abbreviated as AI, is a new technical science that studies and develops theories, methods, technologies and application systems for simulating, extending and expanding human intelligence.

Many smart home manufacturers are already working on home intelligent robots, which can be called “intelligent housekeepers”, the core technology of manufacturing “housekeepers” is not cameras, motors, processors, communication chips, but highly artificial intelligence algorithms. Neural networks, deep learning, computer vision, etc. …… Including voice recognition, text recognition, face recognition, machine learning natural language, etc.

1, the relationship between artificial intelligence and smart home can be divided into three stages: control – feedback – integration

the first level is control: that is, remote switch, timer switch and other control methods.

The second level is feedback: the data obtained through smart home or wearable device is fed back to the owner through smart housekeeper, “watch TV a little too much in recent days oh”.

The third level is integration: when the master talks to the intelligent butler about other things, the intelligent butler knows that the master is in a bad mood, so it can ask the master if he wants a piece of music, or directly play a piece of music that the master usually listens to the most.

Iron Man and artificial intelligence butler

2、Artificial intelligence butler

Users can choose and customize the artificial intelligence butler they want according to their needs. The artificial intelligence butler, which is familiar with all the owner”s preferences and habits, will always activate the right appliances at the right time. Just like Iron Man”s intelligent butler Jarvis, it can receive all instructions from the user and complete them accurately, such as opening the door, turning on the TV, air conditioning, etc. Not only that, it can also chat with you when you are bored. We can imagine, home without keys, the camera automatically identify open the door, butler automatically turn on the lights, help you turn on the TV search channels. Not at home, there is a butler to guard the safety of the home, there will be no theft of fire and other accidents. No wiring without installation, you can have a smart home butler that can separate and combine to control and also speak, does this sound wonderful?

Eight, smart home will enter a new era of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence technology helps computers to think, make machines more like humans, and let machines replace humans on a larger scale. How will artificial intelligence and smart home be integrated? In some smart home experience halls, we will find that smart home companies have already used artificial intelligence technology. Let their artificial intelligence technology embed to more life scenes, so as to create an ecosystem of intelligent life scenes.

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