While great for increasing efficiency throughout a home, IoT isn’t just about automation, it’s also changing the way we entertain ourselves. The wireless revolution has transformed the market for audio speakers into a £7.7 billion business worldwide, for example, according to a recent report by Strategy Analytics. Despite the efforts of cinemas around the world to try and transform the movie-going experience by adding recliner seats, the option to eat dinner with your film and even interactive experiences, more people are foregoing the cinema in favour of their own home entertainment system. As the Internet of Things continues to improve connectivity throughout all smart home devices, this signals a major shift in home entertainment and the endless possibilities it carries with it.
Setting the Mood with Automated Features
The idea behind IoT and entertainment systems is to give you full control over all of your media and devices, whether through voice automation or remote control from wherever you are. Seeing as lighting is one of the most important aspects of an entertainment experience, being able to install and control automated smart lighting is one way to completely transform your home entertainment system. From colour-changing light bulbs that you can control with your smartphone to lighting that adapts to every scene in the movie, there are endless options for setting the mood lighting-wise. It’s also important to be able to control your audio and projection systems which, if purchased together and planned out beforehand, will all be able to work in an interconnected manner that you can easily control without ever having to get up from your chair. Here at KAV, we have a range of Italian made decorative lighting in our showroom and integrated Control4, Crestron and Rako control systems to demonstrate automated control from a central location.
What to Keep in Mind When Connecting Your Home
When crafting a home that hinges on smart technology and interconnectedness, you’ll definitely want to ensure that your WiFi connection can support all of the added work. One expert noted that, regarding internet connectivity, “People often forget to keep the strength of their home WiFi network in mind as they invest in a smart home system. As connected devices continue to grow in popularity, they become more deeply integrated into every room of the home.” Mesh WiFi systems create a stronger signal across a greater distance in your home and will be more reliable for many demanding audiovisual systems. We will also often recommend a wired system wherever possible. In new-build developments especially, cabling can be hidden in the walls and ceilings and these systems will be able to transfer much greater volumes of data at a faster speed.
The Future of Home Entertainment
As the entertainment industry continues to meet changing needs that revolve around streaming and IoT devices, more and more tech companies will continue to develop technologies that allow users to seamlessly connect all of their home entertainment devices. By controlling these from one central hub, you can essentially craft an immersive cinema-like experience that combines audio, visual and mood-setting features all from the comfort of your own home.