Cartoon Technology Brought To Life
2014 marks a huge milestone for home security with its focus on smart home technology. Companies step up to the starting line and compete in a race to develop the most self-aware home. Although these new smart home gadgets seem groundbreaking and innovative, were forgetting that many of these items were thought of long ago. See how these coveted Saturday morning cartoons predicted the future, and what home security now has to offer.
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Live Video Communication
Watch Over Your Home Wherever You Are
Episode 122 of The Simpsons titled Lisas Wedding aired on March 19, 1995, and predicted Lisas wedding day in 2010. Instead of a quick call on a corded phone, Lisa talks to Marge using a video phone. We first started using video phones back in 2003. More than a decade later, home security companies have evolved this feature for communication between human and home. Many home automation companies offer applications that allow you to access live video feeds of whats going on at home. Home security devices like Canary and Piper rely heavily on video streaming.
Homes Can Now Call For Help
Episode 51 of Rockos Modern Life titled Future Schlock aired on October 10, 1996, and predicted what life would be like in 2013. In this episode, Filburts pointed metal cap blinks and dings to notify him of something. This episode wasn't too far off with its predications, since you can now receive wireless notifications about unusual activity at home. When the fridge opens, temperatures rise; if someone comes in unexpectedly, you can anticipate a notification, email, or text message telling you the second it happens. Technologies like Z-Wave use a secure wireless network to send these types of information immediately and directly to you.
No More Keys
Electronic Locks Eliminate The Need For Keys
Interestingly, 1999s Futurama takes place in the 31st century, but we still see characters using keys. Well, weve progressed a lot faster than expected. Power and convenience are essential for a successful tech device. And with the case of the key, making it virtual means less stuff to carry around, and less time spend looking for keys. Thats why many home security companies are aiming to get rid of physical keys. Companies like Iris offer electronic locks that open with device detection, finger print scanners, or even a passcode on your phone.
Your Home Knows You Best
In 1996, Dexters Laboratory gave audiences front row seats to the antics of a boy genius, an eccentric sister, and a super computer. Dexter oftentimes referred to his computer, the Quadraplex T-3000, as my love or my dear. The Quadraplex T-3000 essentially ran the lab and ensured Dexter was happy. Shockingly, we now have self-aware home that learn how to maintain your house just the way you like it. A common smart home security feature is climate control. Many applications will collect data, notice that you like to turn on the heat at night, and learn to control the temperature so that you dont have to do it. Savant has come so far as to teach the home how to recognize you pulling into the driveway, and then respond by unlocking the garage door, and turning on the hall light.
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