Nearly all of us have had the dream that we could one day just simply say what we want and our appliances and devices would set to work for us, without requiring us to even get up. In the 21st century, that dream is becoming more and more of a reality every day.
Voice activated home automation technology is both reliable and extremely useful. Rather than manually doing things or pushing buttons to give commands to your devices, all you have to do is say some kind of “wake up” word to let the device know you are talking to it and follow that with your command.
The Pros and Cons of Voice Activated Home Automation
As with everything in life, there are both advantages and disadvantages to having the ability to give voice commands to your devices. Before you make the leap and purchase a voice activated device, take a look at some of those pros and cons to help you make the right decision.
- Hands free: unlike pushing buttons, voice commands can be given even when your hands are full. This is ideal for door locks, lights, and entertainment systems.
- Get more done in less time: with an integrated system, you can quickly command your entire home to go into an “away mode” before you leave the house. That frees you from having to run around the house, turning everything off, activating the security system, closing the blinds, and so on. With a single command, your home will take care of itself.
- Ask for help when you are occupied: with a device like the Amazon Echo, you can check the news, place an order online, flip through different music playlists, and even ask whatever questions you want all while you are cooking dinner, cleaning the house, or getting your kids ready to go. You can essentially surf the internet without evening sitting in front of a computer.
- Poor technology: voice recognition is not an easy feature for devices to have. Each individual has their own unique speech pattern and this kind of variety is difficult for technology to deal with. If you want voice activated devices, be prepared to pay for the higher quality ones to make sure its voice recognition software is actually worth its weight.
- Unintentional commands: the use of a wake up word helps prevent you from accidentally giving your device a command. However, if the voice recognition software misunderstands you, it might end up carrying out the wrong command. This can be frustrating and you might find yourself in a shouting match with your lights.
Based on this, our best advice is to invest in smart devices that have high quality voice recognition software. It’s hard to enjoy all the pros if you are struggling with cheap, ineffective technology.